Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is hosted by the GIScRG, and will be chaired by Dr. Hanif Rahemtulla and Professor Paul Longley.

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“The term “Open Data” refers to the philosophical and methodological approach to the democratization of data enabling citizens to access and create value through the reuse of public sector information. Today, Open Data is gathering momentum and forms part of a global movement linked to Open Access and comparable to other Open movements such as Open Source. To date, this movement is being led by government institutions in the UK, USA and Australia through pioneering initiatives such as Data.Gov and the London DataStore. These initiatives, which are being replicated across cities, states and countries (i.e., Open Toronto and New Zealand Open Data Catalogue) provide access to “non-sensitive government datasets, at no cost, to citizens, citizen groups, non-governmental-organisations (NGOs) and businesses” (Lauriault, 2008).

The Open Data Initiative will, it is envisaged, support greater transparency and accountability within Government and create new economic and social value (see Oxera Study, 1999; Cambridge Study, 2008). Furthermore, as O’Reilly (2009) and others argue, the advent of Open Data will fundamentally change the nature by which citizens interact with government. Specifically, the release of public data online and public APIs (which is already underway in some places) will create a platform supporting the development of third-party communication applications outside of government (Headd, 2010). This it is expected will provide a vehicle for expanding public outreach and enhancing public engagement leading to “a more responsive and citizen-focused government” (Madera, 2009).

Today, the Open Data movement has created great excitement in the developer community with a seemingly endless stream of novel and innovative applications, tools and visualizations that repurposes and enriches public data – and has lead to some of the most exciting developments in mobile GIS, web-cartography and LBS in recent years.

However, while Open Data gives rise to a many new opportunities it also poses many challenges. As Boyd (2010) states, access to public information to promote transparency represents only the first step to a more informed citizenry. The success of Open Data will depend in part upon addressing existing barriers to access which encompasses issues such as digital inclusion and information literacy. As such, there is much work still to do to make this promised future happen.

This Special Session aims to bring together some of the key developers, academics and writers on Open Data to document its lineage, debate its philosophy and methods and to envision its future. Contributions are welcome from any source, and in any style appropriate to the arguments being made.”

The session will be a series of presented papers with a lively explorative session in which the four/five scholars will debate about alternative interpretations/methods/solutions within this emerging research area on Open Data.

For more information, please contact the session convenors, Hanif Rahemtulla (Hanif.Rahemtulla[AT]nottingham.ac.uk) and/or Paul Longley (plongley[AT]geog.ucl.ac.uk). Please send abstracts (350 words max.) and key words to Hanif Rahemtulla, by 20th February 2011.

Further details about the conference can be found here.

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is jointly hosted by the GIScRG and the Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG).

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“This session is concerned with the research agenda related to the role natural, social and physical environments have on health related behaviours. The connection between these spatial and the social elements plays a vital role in developing more liveable, sustainable and resilient communities. We would like to call for papers in line with the following topics:

* Exploring the implications of current environments on the health and well-being of different groups and communities
* New methods for measuring and visualizing environmental indicators, people’s behaviour and the relationships between them
* Innovative methods for promoting healthy and active lifestyles
* Evidence based policy recommendations in relation to healthy living environments and behaviour.”

The session will take the form of 5 presented papers. Each will be 20-25 minutes including time for questions.

For more information, please contact the session convenors, Yi Gong (GongY2[AT]cardiff.ac.uk) and/or Catherine (Kate) Jones (Kate.Jones[AT]port.ac.uk). Please send abstracts (350 words max.) to the session convenors, by 20th February 2011.

Further details about the conference can be found here.

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers conference 2011. The conference runs between 31st August – 2nd September 2011; the exact date of this special session is to be confirmed. The session is jointly hosted by the GIScRG and the Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG)

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“With this year’s theme being “The Geographical Imagination” we invite papers and presentations from members who wish to present their work that links aspects of GIScience to conceptualising tourism in geographic space. Because tourists exist in space at a specific time, we are particularly interested in papers and presentations that address how tourists/visitors interact with their environment and how this can be modelled in geographic space. We welcome papers and presentations that employ GIScience to the study of geography of leisure and tourism, including:

* Geographic information systems and spatial analyses
* Remote Sensing
* Satellite Positioning
* Tourist mobility tracking and monitoring
* Wayfinding
* Web 2 technology and volunteered geographic information
* Geovisualising tourism landscapes.”

Format of the session should be 4-5 presentations of 20 mins with 5 mins of questions (and 5 min change-over).

For more information, please contact the session convenors, Steve Carver (s.j.carver[AT]leeds.ac.uk) and Colin Arrowsmith (colin.arrowsmith[AT]rmit.edu.au). Please send abstracts (350 words max.) to the session convenors, by 20th February 2011.

Further details about the conference can be found at: www.rgs.org/AC2011.

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The organising committee for the European Colloquium of Quantitative and Theoretical Geography (ECQTG2011) would like to invite submissions of abstracts for their 17th conference, to take place at the Harokopio University of Athens, Greece, from the 2nd – 5th September 2011. The conference is formally organised by the Greek Society for Demographic Studies.

The colloquium is principally concerned with recent advances in the areas of Quantitative and Theoretical Geography, and welcomes the contribution of high quality, original submissions. Presentations may describe work of methodological theoretical interest, either recently completed or in progress. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of spatial data analysis and geostatistics
  • Statistical inference
  • Space-time processes in regional science
  • Geographical flows and networks
  • Population dynamics
  • Urban dynamics and growth
  • Economic geography and the spatial economy
  • Natural resource management and risk analysis
  • Spatial processes related to Renewable Energy and the Green Economy
  • Climate change
  • Health geography and epidemiology
  • Cellular automata, multi-agent systems and cooperative phenomena
  • Spatial data visualisation
  • Innovative and inter-disciplinary methods for spatial data
  • Epistemological issues in quantitative geography

Proposals for special sessions, including named proposals among participants, are welcome.

Please email your abstract (as an e-mail attachment, 1 page maximum) to ecqtg[AT]gisc.gr by 30th March 2011. Abstracts for special sessions should also be submitted to the session organiser.

Further details about the conference can be found at http://gisc.gr/ecqtg11.

Call for Papers – RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011

On November 20, 2010, in RGS IBG, by GIScience Research Group

Abstracts are invited for a session at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers annual conference 2011. The conference theme is the ‘Geographical Imagination’, and will take place from 31st August – 2nd September, in London.

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged. Sessions are 1 hour 40 minutes long. Most sessions will contain five 20-minute presentations, which includes time for questions, or four 20-minute presentations with discussion and questions at the end. Interactive short papers sessions (5 to 10 min presentations with plenary discussion at the end) usually accommodate up to 8 papers.

To apply for a GIScRG sponsored session, please send your session proposal (max 500 words), the name of the session convenor(s) and the session format (e.g. panel, paper session, discussion) to Yi Gong (Yi.gong[AT]manchester.ac.uk) by 24th November 2010.

More about the conference theme:

“Visualisation, mapping, environmental reconstruction, landscape symbolism, terrain modelling, place picturing, virtual worlds, visionary worlds, cultural ecologies,  climatic scenarios, patterned ground, sites of representation, image making, theory building, field observation…so many subjects and methods, topics and technologies, across the broad spectrum of geography, are powerfully shaped by a geographical imagination.�
The conference will explore many dimensions of the geographical imagination, including its histories and futures, meanings and materials, pleasures and politics, practices and effects.  We welcome sessions and papers on the place of the imagination in geography’s many fields of enquiry, including multi-disciplinary fields within and beyond geography, and those which engage with a wider public.�
Contributors are invited to address both traditional and experimental aspects of the geographical imagination, its down to earthness as well as its sense of adventure, its role in creating factual, measurable and practical knowledge as well as conjectural and speculative findings.  We also welcome contributions that explore the geographical imagination as a medium of communication and dissemination, crossing communities within and beyond geography, and its role in making an impact in a wider world.”

Further details about the conference can be found here.