This site contains information on the research and teaching activities by Dr R E Sieber and her team at McGill University.

GEOG 506 Projects


Peter Johnson and I had a great crop of Advanced Geographic Information Science students this year. Here are their project abstracts.

Ana Brandusescu: Location-based services: Using mobile phones to record community perceptions of university spaces

The synergy between technology and mobility has rapidly strengthened over the last couple of decades and is continuing to do so. Mobile technology, in particular mobile phones, has played an important role in the advancement of location-based services (LBS). The report investigates Ushahidi’s Crowdmap, a free and open-source software (FOSS) used as the online mapping platform for University Spaces. University Spaces was created to determine whether mobile phones can be used to record community perceptions of university space.

SSHRC Public Outreach Grant awarded


Sieber is part of a team that has just obtained a Federal Government SSHRC Public Outreach Grant called Humanities Dissemination & Making Publics using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to build an experimental RDF framework. The project is headed by Dr. Marc Milner (with 3 other co-applicants). This project is part of our own digital humanities research node.


Welcome to our visiting graduate student from Brazil

Thiago Alves de Souza is visiting us from Curitiba, Brazil for the term. He will be investigating the use of mobile apps to engage the public in discussions about how urban street furniture transforms the city. He joins Pierre Beaudreau and Korbin da Silva in our urban design 2.0 team.


This year's AAG

Our presence at the annual Association of American Geographers meeting in NYC, February 24-28

Community Activism on the Geospatial Web 2.0 (Geoweb) (Sponsored by Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group; Applied Geography Specialty Group; GIScience, Cyberinfrastructure, and Social Media Special Session Track)

ORGANIZER(S): Renee Sieber, McGill University; Jon Corbett, University of British Columbia-Okanagan

CHAIR(S): Renee Sieber, McGill University

Wendy E Brawer, Founding Director, Green Map System, Green Maps: Transforming Local Information into Global Interaction.

Marcy L Burchfield, MSc, Neptis Foundation, An experiment in building an ad hoc collaborative regional planning community on the Geoweb.

Pamela Robinson, MCIP RPP, Ryerson University; Nick Weigeldt, Clean Air Partnership, Expert vs. Crowdsourced Urban Planning: A VGI Cage Match with Governance Implications.

Renee Sieber, McGill University; Andreane Lussier, McGill University; Patrick Quinn, McGill University; Peter Johnson, McGill University, Community Activism, Watershed Management, and the Geospatial Web 2.0.

Jon Corbett, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Food networking: using the geoweb to support food related dialogue.

Our presentation at AAAS

Our presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mark Chandler and Linda Sohl (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University) and Jian Zhou and Renee Sieber (McGill University). EdGCM: Educational Global Climate Modeling: Tools for Training the Climate Change Generation. February 16-20, Vancouver, Canada.

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