Graduating student releases UNB report on volunteered geographic information

Our graduate student, Bots Sabone, has finished her Masters of Science in Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Her research was deemed of sufficient quality to be produced as a UNB technical report.

Sabone, Botshelo. 2009. Assessing Alternative Technologies for Use of Volunteered Geographic Information in Authoritative Databases. M.Sc.E. thesis, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering Technical Report No. 269, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 117 pp.

Leveraging the Participatory Geoweb in the Regions of Quebec

We have just received a grant to develop geoweb tools to assist in enhancing discussions among QC residents--farmers, urban dwellers, and members of government institutions at multiple levels.

Team 41 in the news

We're in the latest edition of the newletter of the Biological Diversity Group of The Wildlife Society. The article focuses on the launch of the NewFoundland and Labrador Nature Geoweb.

Patrick Allen's Research Video - Geolive at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Patrick Allen, a graduate student at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan is investigating tools to enable habitat mapping.

Beta of Geolive now available!

Geolive is up as a beta site. The first app is for fire history in the Okanagan Valley of BC.

2 pager Fact Sheet on The Dual Role of the GeoWeb for Informed Response to Environmental Issues

The dual role refers to the ability of the GeoWeb to allow citizens to communicate and share information AND allow government to collect citizen information and engage in a dialogue with its citizenry. This dual role potentially can result in better-informed responses to environmental issues.

By Insoo Steven Chung, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Download the 2 pager

Citizen Science and the Challenge of Change

Designing for Doubt: Citizen Science and the Challenge of Change

Presented at “Engaging Data: First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information”, MIT,  12-13 October 2009.

Eric Paulos, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

“Vast quantities of data are collected about us and our world: credit card transactions, movements and traffic flows, social networks, disease outbreaks, bird migrations, and flowers blossoming. These datasets span a wide range of public and private information and contexts. However, it is the emergence of a host of mobile phone based citizen sensing platforms that is poised to become the dominant contributor to our datasets. In this paper we outline this important new shift in mobile phone usage – from communication tool to “networked mobile personal measurement instrument”. We propose to explore how these new personal measurement instruments enable an entirely novel and empowering genre of mobile computing and research called citizen science. More importantly we highlight a set of challenges and focus specifically on the need for introducing design strategies for engaging these datasets that encourage doubt rather than promoting blind acceptance of fact as a path towards social change.”



Presentation at OMRN

Our team members, Hanif Rahemtulla and Gail Chmura of Mc Gill University and Botshelo Sabone of the University of New Brunswick presented at Linking Science and Local Knowledge session, Oceans Management Research Network (OMRN) Conference presentation, Ottawa, ON, October 23, 2009.

For more information, see the whitepaper series of OMRN's Linking Science and Local Knowledge working group.


Merging Video with Maps

A new system uses panoramic images to create navigation videos that highlight turns and landmarks.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Britta goes on to a PhD!

Britta goes on to Simon Fraser to pursue a PhD. She will be working with Nick Hedley on geovisualization, education and mobile devices. This project is under the auspices of another GEOIDE team, headed by Sylvie Daniel. Good luck, Britta!

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