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

Our story of repurposing Crowdmap in Convergence

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Brandusescu, Ana, Renee E Sieber and Sylvie Jochems. 2015. Confronting the hype: The use of crisis mapping for community development. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 1–17 DOI: 10.1177/1354856515584320

Crisis mapping has emerged as a method of connecting and empowering citizens during emergencies. This article explores the hyperbole behind crisis mapping as it extends into more long-term or ‘chronic’ community development practices. We critically examined developer issues and participant (i.e. community organization) usage within the context of local communities. We repurposed the predominant crisis mapping platform Crowdmap for three cases of community development in Canadian anglophone and francophone. Our case studies show mixed results about the actual cost of deployment, the results of disintermediation, and local context with the mapping application. Lastly, we discuss the relationship of hype, temporality, and community development as expressed in our cases.

 

Civic futurology

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Gave a talk on the Present Future of Civic Participation in an Era of Geospatial Web and Open Data at the Future Cities Workshop, at McGill.

 

SDH

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Gave a talk for McGill's Digital Humanities Work in Progress Series, Geography for Digital Humanities without a Map.

 

Our presentations at Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada 2015

The lab was well-represented at Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada.

Tenney, Matthew, Renee Sieber and G. Brent Hall. 2015. “Geocollective”: A Tool for Harvesting Geographic Information From Social Media. Proceedings of Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada (SKI-Canada) 2015, February 27-March 1 in Banff AB, Canada.


Sangiambut, Suthee and Renee Sieber. 2015. A Typology of Canadian Open Data Apps. Proceedings of Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada (SKI-Canada) 2015, February 27-March 1 in Banff AB, Canada.

Reid, Geneviève and Renee Sieber. 2015. What is Time? Indigenous Conceptualizations of Time and the Geoweb. Proceedings of Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada (SKI-Canada) 2015, February 27-March 1 in Banff AB, Canada.

More information at SKI

This year's GIScience course projects

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Welcome to another year of GEOG 506 projects, ranging from LBS to GIS implementation. This year we had eight. Here are the abstracts

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