21 October, 2008
These are the slides from the Worldwide Universities Network Global GIS Academy Seminar from the 22nd October. The seminar’s title is ‘What’s So New in Neogeography?’ and it is aimed largely at an academic audience with background in GIScience.
The aim of the talk is to critically review Neogeography: explain its origins, discuss the positive lessons from it – mainly in improved usability of geographic technologies, as well as highlighting aspects that I see as problematic.
The presentation starts with some definitions and with the notice that mapping/location is central to Web 2.0, and thus we shouldn’t be surprised that we’ve noticed a step change in the use of GI over the past 3 years.
By understanding what changed around 2005, it is possible to explain the development of Neogeography. These changes are not just technical but also societal.
The core of the discussion is on the new issues that are important to Neogeography’d success, but also raising some theoretical and practical aspects that must be included in a comprehensive analysis of the changes and what they mean to Geography and geographers.
The presentation is available below from slideshare, and the (very rough and without proofing) notes are available here.
30 April, 2008
As part of the Mapping Change for Sustainable Communities, we are organising a one day seminar titled ‘Mapping for Sustainable Communities – An interactive day of reports and discussion for community practitioners, academics and community groups‘.
This event is scheduled for 17th June 2008, starting at 10.30 and finishing with a reception around 7.00 in the evening. It is free and open to anyone with interest in community mapping.
This is how we describe the event:
The seminar will consider recent work and ways forward. It is being organised by University College London and the London 21 network as part of their ‘Mapping Change for Sustainable Communities’ project funded under the UrbanBuzz programme and their Environmental Justice programme. These projects use internet-based and paper mapping along with other tools to work with communities on collecting and collating local information.
The seminar will bring together academics, practitioners and community groups to discuss the use of mapping as a means of engagement and tool for collaborative action, and to consider the benefits and limitations. The seminar includes sessions for academics and practitioners and a celebration of community work.
10.30 am “Academic” Session – Theory & Research
- The use of different methodologies in participatory mapping
- Mapping, impacts and inequalities
- Panel discussion: the balance between participation and the use of technology
2pm “Practitioners” Session – The Practice of participatory mapping
- The use of mapping with local communities
- Mapping, empowerment and Community Development
- Local Government, Regeneration and the use of community mapping
- Practical workshop: starting a participatory mapping project
4.30pm “Community” Showcase – work in progress
- A brief introduction to the development of the two projects, followed by presentations about the five case studies.
Now, just because a session is tagged as academic, practitioners or community, it doesn’t mean that we want just one group – the whole point is to have people from different groups joining the discussion throughout the day. The titles are about the ‘hats’ that you put on during a session!
The conference is free but numbers are limited. Register on-line at http://www.communitymaps.london21.org/includes/mcsc_conference.php