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

Our first article from our governance and the geoweb project

Peter A. Johnson and Renee E. Sieber. 2011. Motivations driving government adoption of the Geoweb GeoJournal. Online First™, 11 May 2011

Recent increases in the use of Web 2.0 and Geoweb technologies by citizens have led many governments to investigate the adoption of these technologies. This research examines the motivations driving multiple levels of government in Quebec, Canada to consider the adoption of the Geoweb within a context of rural development. We present results from a series of interviews with key government representatives that identifies the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of the Geoweb within provincial and municipal government. Respondents define two implementations of the Geoweb, informational and participatory, indicating that SWOT differs for each. This research concludes that for government to implement an informational Geoweb, there are few barriers, but that a participatory Geoweb will require a more substantial, and potentially long-term renegotiation of the relationship between citizen and government.

Our second ABM article in E&PB


Johnson, Peter A and Renee E Sieber.  2011. An agent-based approach to providing tourism planning support. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 38: 486-504


Team 41 at the GEOIDE Conference

Several graduate and undergraduate students represented Team 41 at the 2011 GEOIDE Conference, held this year in Toronto on May 16th and 17th.

Lukanyenko, Roman. 2011. Citizen Science 2.0: Increasing quality and participation. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual GEOIDE Conference May 16-17, Toronto.

Mc Conchie, Alan and Brian Klinkenberg. 2011. Interactive User Validation of Volunteered Geographic Information. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual GEOIDE Conference May 16-17, Toronto.

Torio, Dante. 2011. Using Fuzzy Logic to Map the Threat of Coastal Squeeze in Marshes at Wells Reserve and Portland, Maine. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual GEOIDE Conference May 16-17, Toronto.

Tudge, Pamela. 2011. Communicating Climate Change Report for Year 2. Presented 2011 Annual GEOIDE Conference May 16-17, Toronto.

Walker, Blake, and Claus Rinner. 2011. Deconstructing Effective Participation on the Geoweb. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual GEOIDE Conference May 16-17, Toronto.

Our team at AAG

Our team had a strong showing at the annual Association of American Geographers meeting in Seattle, April 12-16:


Nama R Budhathoki and Renee Sieber. GeoWeb from a Governance Perspective.

Peter A. Johnson. Using the Geoweb to Engage Rural Communities in Economic and Environmental Decision-Making.

Renee Sieber. Volunteered Geographic Information: motivation or empowerment?

Jian Zhou, Renee Sieber, Mark Chandler and Linda Sohl. Climate Models for the Education of Citizen Scientists.


2011 GEOG 506 Projects

Emilie Roy-Dufresne: A Multi-Scale Analysis of the White-Footed Mouse’s Distribution Using MaxEnt Species Distribution Model

Abstract: Issues of modeling species geographic distributions are critical factors which need to be studied in conservation biology. One of these issues is the appropriate spatial scale at which studies need to be conducted. The identification of spatial patterns depends on the spatial scale at which patterns are measured. Ecologists face the issue that interpreting the data based on one scale, and to apply them to another scale may not accurately describe the existing pattern but instead reflect artefacts of the scale of measurement.

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