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New community economic development article

Congratulations, Pierre on your first journal article!

Pierre Beaudreau, Peter A Johnson and Renee E Sieber. 2012. Strategic Choices in Developing a Geospatial Web 2.0 Application for Rural Economic Development. Journal of Rural and Community Development 7( 3)

The full article is available for download.

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 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.

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.

QC grant becomes McGill recruiting tool.

Our work in Quebec has been highlighted in this video, which is being used to attract Fracophone students to McGill.


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