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Thoughts on ‘Doing Public Participation on the Geoweb) Sieber et al. 2016

24 September 2017 - 1:06am
In the case studies outlined in the paper, there were a broad variety of participants. From rural farmers to local governments to academic researchers, they encompassed people from different strata of society. This illustrates what was discussed earlier in the paper about how the geoweb has allowed for non-experts to engage with mapping and geospatial […]

PPGIS: A literature review and framework

23 September 2017 - 11:35am
In this article, Sieber traces a history of PPGIS, engages with the existing literature to create a framework for PPGIS. I found lots of the discussion very interesting, but what I found most interesting was the discussion on the accessibility of data. As PPGIS involves those affected by decision-making in the process, accessibility to data […]

Thoughts on a literature review of PPGIS (Sieber 2006)

22 September 2017 - 11:54pm
Sieber’s literature review and framework for public participatory GIS (PPGIS) effectively situates PPGIS within existing bodies of thought in GISciences, and highlights relevant critiques and considerations. This article discusses ways that local knowledge can be integrated into GIS frameworks to democratize the technology and use it as a tool for empowerment and social change. This […]

Thoughts on Sieber et al. (2016) & the future of PPGIS

22 September 2017 - 4:34pm
Sieber et al. (2016)’s discussion of Doing Public Participation on the Geospatial Web raises issue with accepting the standard GIS uses in governments as forms of public participation. While this public use seems benign and helpful at first glance, their analysis shows that it is not always this way, and the government-public relationship has remained fairly […]

Defining the field

21 September 2017 - 11:33am
In Geographic Information Science: Defining the field, Mark (2003) presents the “intellectual scope” of GIScience, and seeks to precisely define the science in a way that Goodchild (1992) did not do. He does this by suggesting that GIScience is a multi-disciplinary branch of information science, comparable to computer science. Mark clearly lays out the basic […]

Thoughts on Goodchild (2010)

18 September 2017 - 11:20am
Goodchild concludes his paper “Twenty Years of Progress” by realizing a need for greater interaction between the fields of geography, computer science, and information science in the future of GIScience. Seven years ago, when this paper was written, neogeography was an emerging concept. RFID and GPS location collection operations were still relatively small scale. Goodchild notes […]

On Kuhn’s (2012) Core concepts of spatial information for transdisciplinary research

18 September 2017 - 12:56am
Similarly to Mark’s (2003) paper, Kuhn advocates for a conceptual consensus on spatial information – what it is and how it can be used – by proposing a set of ten core concepts of the field intended for specialists and non-specialists alike. Kuhn also argues along the same line as Mark in that GIScience transcends […]

GIS: Tool or Science?

18 September 2017 - 12:24am
The debate surrounding the use of GIS as either a tool or a science did not occur to me while I was taking introductory courses in the field. I simply understood it as being a subset of geography, distinct in its own right as it compelled the visualization of geographic data for the maps. While […]

Defining Geographic Information Science (Mark, 2003)

17 September 2017 - 11:59pm
Mark(2003) give a comprehensive review of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) in term of its history and components. He presents a number of GIScience definitions but doesn’t synthesize them for setting a clear boundary between GIScience and other disciplines. However, it remains to be answered nowadays since its multidisciplinary nature. GIScience, as an independent scientific discipline, […]

On Mark’s (2003) Geographic Information Science: Defining the Field

17 September 2017 - 11:04pm
Being one of the early proponents of GIScience, Mark sets out in this paper to lay out the intellectual scope of the field – what is it? What are its components? Can it be considered a legitimate multidisciplinary field? What is clear from this paper is that there is no consensus yet (or then) on […]

Goodchild Discusses GIS

17 September 2017 - 10:42pm
Goodchild’s article presents a brief history of GIScience, and discuses from his perspective, and from the perspectives of others, the role of GIS as well as its label as a science. It is important to note that the article leans more towards an opinion piece or a discussion rather than an objective paper to explore […]

Why the “Tool or Science” Debate Doesn’t Matter

17 September 2017 - 10:37pm
The article by Wright et al. discusses how GIS should be recognized and in doing so considers multiple perspectives: what is science, what is GIS, philosophical schools of knowledge and science, the field of geography as a whole, the labels that GIS could be given, as well as why the label matters. Effectively, I think […]

Twenty Years of Progress, Goodchild (2010)

17 September 2017 - 9:53pm
Goodchild (2010) provided an interesting summary of the innovations in GIScience since its first conception. I appreciate the discussion of what innovation looks like in a field that is so intensely interdisciplinary. I feel that Sara Fabrikant’s interpretation of “discoveries” in GIScience as “enabling the discovery of the world” also appropriately captures the interdisciplinary nature […]

Core Concepts of Spatial Information (Kuhn, 2012)

17 September 2017 - 9:37pm
In the paper “core concepts of spatial information for transdisciplinary research”, Kuhn(2012) demonstrates the importance of spatial information across disciplines and proposes ten core concepts for non-specialists to understand it. When reading it, we should question about whether Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) have to be transdisciplinary, and whether these ten core concepts are helpful for […]

GIS: Tool or Science, Wright et al. (1997)

17 September 2017 - 8:07pm
Initially I had some trouble appreciating the importance of the debate summarized by Wright et al. (1997). The discussants bring up some interesting points about the nature of science, but I’m curious about how productive the conversation can be beyond the need for some scientists to act as gatekeepers. Particularly in the sense that the […]

Goodchild – 20 Years of GIS progress

17 September 2017 - 7:51pm
Michael Goodchild in 2010 published an article attempting to grasp the progress that GIS science had made over the course of its 20-existence. He uses this paper as a way to encapsulate the state that it is seen is from Academia, touching on the debate as to whether GIS is a science, discussed its major […]

Goodchild (2010)’s reflection on 20 years of GIScience Progress

17 September 2017 - 7:35pm
I found Goodchild’s argument refreshing, as it encompassed all the issues that I felt were present (but relatively left unsaid) during my time learning how to use GIS software. His discussion of the achievements of GIScientists (like Tobler’s First Law (“nearby things are more similar than distant things”) and Anselin’s spatial heterogeneity) really helped me […]

Kuhn (2012) – Core concepts of spatial information

17 September 2017 - 6:18pm
Kuhn’s argument is structured around central questions we can ask about spatial information: where is it located, what is it near to, what else is there, what are its properties, what is it connected to, how has it changed over time, how precise/ correct/ valuable is it? Scale, uncertainty and visualisation are presented as overarching […]

Mark (2003) – Defining GISc

17 September 2017 - 4:19pm
In this paper, Mark characterises the emergence of Geographic Information Science (GISc) as a field of scientific inquiry, building upon previous definitions in a call for consensus among researchers. As an influential, early proponent of GISc, the author makes assertions about what constitutes GISc (spatial ontology, representations/ indices of geographic data, spatial cognition, human/ machine […]

What is GIS? Science, Tool, or the glue to fix the ‘Geographic Humpty Dumpty’?

17 September 2017 - 2:36pm
I found this article quite interesting, not only for its commentary for the role of GIS as a science or a tool,  though also for the methodology used in this paper. This is the first paper I’ve read before the burst of the internet bubble, in which the volume and intensity of blog post entries […]