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

Moving geography students to the geoweb: the research challenges

Our undergraduate research assistant, Korbin daSilva presented a poster at McGill's Undergraduate Research Conference:

Echo "Hello, Farmer!": Implication of New Computational Technologies on Connecting Local food to consumers AND to geography

Despite growing calls for locally produced foods, a disconnect remains between average consumers and local producers. Web 2.0 with social networking capabilities offer new solutions to bridge this gap. Simple Digital Earth mashups (e.g., with Google Maps) are useful; Digital Earth APIs (Application Program Interfaces) contain greater potential to accomplish interactivity with geographic information. These more computational approaches represent a paradigm shift for traditional geography. I developed an application that allows urban consumers to easily customize Google Maps. The application also gathers information from rural farmers regarding what and where products are sold. I hope to bring the computation behind Web 2.0 to the discipline of geography and bring geographic information science to the layperson.


Korbin wins ESRI award


Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Korbin daSilva, who's won this year's ESRI award.


Australian SDI

Sieber was part of the successful rebid for the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI-2). The Federal Minister Carr approved the establishment of CRCSI-2 on 6 August 2009 for $61M (AU).

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information is a national research centre set up under the government of Australia’s CRC Program.

In the coming years is involved in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) research portion of the centre.


WhereCamp Montreal

We are hosting WhereCamp Montreal, on October 23. Click here to sign up.

What is WhereCamp?

"Society is being transformed by new maps and new mapping technology. Our mission is to help create a free forum for people to talk about, present, explore, and learn about projects that involve place."

WhereCamp is the unconference for hackers, mappers, thinkers, artists and anybody who wants to know their place. Hot on the heels of Geomatique 2009, we bring together enthusiasts for one day of in depth discussion and hacking. The last WhereCamp was done at U Denver and before that, SocialText in Palo Alto.

Scraping the Travel and Tourism Canada Conference

Peter presented a paper on the how tourism researchers can use web scraping of tourism recommendation sites to conduct spatial and theme-based research.

Peter Johnson and Renee Sieber. 2009. Mining the Web: User Generated Content Research. Travel and Tourism Research Association Canada. Tourism Away from the Mainstream. October 14-17, Guelph, Ontario.


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