Innovative Approaches to Geographic Information Science (GISc) features brief research presentations, followed by a panel discussion on the emerging field of Geographic Information Science (GISc).
- Presentation by Professor Jin-Kyu Jung
Once erroneously assumed to be limited to ‘quantitative’ and ‘positivistic’ data processes, many recent approaches and practices in Geographic Information Science (GISci) are more ‘fluid’ ways of researching ‘about’ as well as ‘with’ (e.g. critical GIS, PGIS, Qualitative GIS). For example, within the emerging field of qualitative GIS, In his research, Jung has explored how forms of qualitative evidence and analyses might be integrated with GIS, to produce stronger insights that if they were engaged separately. He has suggested that the integration between qualitative research and GIS would complement a longstanding focus in GISci with ways of handling qualitative forms of spatial data and reasoning in the digital environment.
We live in a new era where virtually everyone with access to advanced technology such as GPS, Smartphone, and web-based GIS (e.g. geoweb, neogeography, Volunteered Geographic Information, GIS & Social Network) has unprecedented ‘power’ and ‘familiarity’ with the spatial data. Spatial data and digital mapping are not just for the geographers, cartographers, or GIS Scientists, but many non-geographers, in fact, many citizens enjoy creating, using, and sharing spatial data more than ever before. By presenting these innovative new developments and practices in GISci as well as Geographic Visualization, I will discuss how these new ways of using and visualizing spatially-integrated data influence our understanding and production of space we live, work, and play, and how they compare to our perception of those spaces (e.g. visualized urban space vs. perception of urban space).
- Presentation by Professor Santiago Lopez
Geographic Information Science (GISc) is the foundation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is the general term for mapping technologies used in applied research, education, business, and government. GISc integrates spatial data sets in the form of digital maps, digital aerial photos, remotely sensed imagery, and global satellite navigation systems.
In this presentation Lopez explains how GISc can help to answer questions related to the human and physical dimensions of global change. Specifically, he discusses how GISc and field-based approaches can help us to understand and spatially visualize changes in physical and anthropogenic systems in the tropical Andes.
About TIC Talks:
UW Bothell faculty members discuss the real-world applications of their research at Technology, Innovation and Creativity (TIC) Talks, sponsored by the Office of Research. These interactive sessions, held Monday-Thursday at noon, highlight topics ranging from games for education to organizational innovation. The community is invited to join faculty, staff and students for these lively presentation and discussion sessions.
Lunch, with sandwiches, cookies and beverages, will be provided by the Office of Research.