Pamela Tudge completes MA thesis

I recently completed my MA thesis entitled Cultivating Change: using the geoweb to map the food system in the North Okanagan, with Dr. Jon Corbett and with support from GEOIDE team 41.

My study examined how the geoweb can be used as a communication tool between advocates, farmers and community members in a small town setting. I have attached a pdf of the thesis below.  



Setting the Boundary

Criteria for selecting the papersThe publication “Citizens as sensors: The world of volunteered geography” in November, 2007 can be considered as a mark of the formal arrival of crowd-sourcing in the discipline of GIScience. Hence, we take it as a cut-off time and consider papers published thereafter. In exceptional cases, we also include few other papers published prior to this particularly if they inspired the “Citizens as sensors” paper. Geography is a science of sciences as asserted by Dewey (1943): “the unity of all sciences is found in geography” (p-26). Dewey's assertion implies that mapping and geographic information underpin most other disciplines. We are aware that different aspects of crowd-sourced mapping are being explored in other disciplines, resulting publications into a wide range of outlets. However, we do not intend to review all those publications. Instead, we focus on the mainstream GIScience/Geography journals with an attempt to organize this growing body of work, trace emerging themes, and identity their implications to GIScience practice and scholarship. In this pursuit, we consider papers—both conceptual and empirical—from the following journals:i. International Journal of Geographic Information Scienceii. Annals of the Association of American Geographers iii. Environment and planningiv. GeoJournalv. Geomaticavi. The Professional Geographervii. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Researchviii. Transaction in GISix. Cartographicax. Which others?

Presentation at OSM State of the Map (SOTM) Conference

Nama, a member of our project, gave a presentation at the OpenStreetMap State of the Map (SOTM), US conference. While OSM has been organizing SOTM international conference since 2007, it organized the SOTM US version of the conference in 2010.



Abstracts from Botshelo and Nyaladzani on VGI

Two recent graduates from University of New Brunswick share their abstracts on Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI) which is an important area for inquiry for our team. 

Nama Budhathoki's PhD Dissertation Abstract

Nama Budhathoki recently joined the McGill node of Team 41 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. His recent dissertation abstract on VGI from his PhD dissertation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is posted below. 

Welcome Nama, we are so happy you joined our team!

The Facebook of Forest Fires: Team 41 in the Globe and Mail this week

Featured in the Globe and Mail this week is project investigator Dr. Jon Corbett and GEOIDE students Aidan Whitely and Samantha Brennan from UBC Okanagan with their project that maps forest fires in the Okanagan.

Check out the project's web site at:  

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Project students at GEOIDE conference

Three students are presenting their research at the GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference (Calgary, June 2010) on behalf of our project:

  • Steven Chung (BA, MSA, PhD candidate, Ryerson University - financial advisor, GEOIDE Student Network) gives an overview of the entire project during the "GEOIDE Project Presentations". He also presents a poster on "The Potential of the Participatory Geoweb for Public Engagement and Decision-Making in Climate Change Issues".
  • Jacqueline Young (BComp, MSA, PhD candidate, Ryerson University - coordinator of GEOIDE Summer School 2010) participates in the GEOIDE Student Network's "Student Showcase" with a talk on "Increasing the Utilization of Geovisual Analytics for Health Policy Decision-Making".
  • Blake Walker (BA candidate, Ryerson University) presents a poster on "Developing an Online Community Resource Map to Engage Marginalised Populations".

Post-conference update: Jacqueline won the second prize for her presentation in the GSN Showcase, and Steven won third place in the "Best Poster Award" competition (see Blake volunteered to be the 2010/11 coordinator of the GEOIDE Student Network. Congratulations to all three!

Another update: The students' presentations and posters are now attached below.

Logging in to the environment

Yolanda's and other Team 41 projects were featured in University Affairs. From the article:

Have you spotted a bear recently, or some other interesting animal or plant? If so, Yolanda Wiersma, a professor of biology at Memorial University, would like to hear from you. Her new website,, asks users to log sightings of wildlife and species at risk in Newfoundland as the province’s contribution to a larger, Canada-wide project called Geoweb led by Renée Sieber, a professor in the Mc Gill School of the Environment at Mc Gill University. There are four different nodes of the project across Canada, each using the Internet and geographical information to address a different environmental issue. The Newfoundland node is focused on wildlife and species-at-risk. Another node, led by Professor Brian Klinkenberg and 
PhD student Alan Mc Conchie at the University of British Columbia, is investigating public reporting of invasive alien plant species. A third, co-ordinated by UBC-Okanagan graduate student Pamela Tudge, is looking at local food production and the environment, while a fourth is examining organic farming in the Kawartha region of Ontario.The research is funded by the Geomatics for Informed Decisions Network, one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Newfoundland and Labrador Geoweb in the News


The Newfoundland and Labrador Geoweb project has been featured in The Gazette, Memorial University's campus newspaper. Read it online here.

geomatics in the regions

One of our new parnters describes our new project in the MRCs of Acton Vale, QC: La géomatique, un outil indispensable au travail des conseillers en aménagement et développement rural du MAPAQ.


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