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

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.

Jin Xing finishes his Masters thesis

Congratulation, Jin for finishing your Masters. Now you can start your PhD!

IHC3: An Integrated Hybrid Cloud Computing Cyberinfrastructure for GIS/RS Research

ABSTRACT: With the advancement of technologies, earth observation data could be obtained with finer spatial and spectral resolution. However, the increasing volume and complexity of those high resolution data presents new challenges in geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) research, such as heterogeneous distributed data handling, efficient parallel data processing algorithms, easy manageability of the underlying cyberinfrastructure, new collaboration model and lower computation costs. Geospatial cloud computing is leveraged in GIS/RS research to address the challenges of heterogeneous distributed data and its processing. Although the early experience has proven it is a great success to utilize cloud computing in GIS/RS research, the manageability of the cyberinfrastructure cannot be neglected. To be manageable, I argue that cloud computing must handle domain specific problems in GIS/RS, manage privacy of data, ease of use, and be inexpensive.

Guest Talk

Gave a talk to the Dr. Catherine Potvin's Panama Research Group on Ethical Issues in GIS/RS.


Honours Thesis, Pierre Beaudreau

Congratulations, Pierre on finishing your undergraduate honours thesis as well as a dynamic application.

YouSayCity: an Online 3D Public Participation Tool for Urban Planning

This project explores the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 technologies and ICTs in developing an online 3D interactive application oriented towards public participation, information sharing, and online deliberation in the context of urban planning. Using existing technologies and previous research as the basis for the application development criteria, a new application, coined ‘YouSayCity’ for the purpose of this research, is developed.

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