Call for AAG panel members – New Media and Social Media for Geography

A decade ago we hosted our first panel on New Media in Geography at the AAG. I would like to revisit the topic this year in another panel that expands to include all of the ways that we informally publish/share information on the internet. There are many directions that the conversation could go, but I would like to focus on New & Social media:

  • in sharing knowledge/education
  • for presenting ideas
  • as a reinforcing aspects of the Geography community
  • Some of the conversation will inherently be historical in the discussion of growth, but hopefully we can get into use cases, best practices, and the always exciting anecdotes.

    If you are interested in participating please contact me via email (jesse at veryspatial .com) or on social networks @kindaspatial

    Heading to AAG in Chicago

    It is time, once again, for the annual meeting of the AAG. This year Sue, Barb, Frank, and I will all be wandering the halls to present, view presentations, interview, and just enjoy interacting with great geo-minded people. A few points I want to highlight:

  • If you would like to tell us about your project or product, contact us and we can schedule to meet at the conference hotel.
  • Our presentation schedule is
  • Hope to see you Chicago!

    AAG2015 – Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition

    Every year at the AAG conference many specialty groups host student paper/poster competitions. I strongly encourage you to check these out if you are student, or let a student know about them if you are not. Below is the call for submissions for this year’s competition for the Geography Education Specialty Group.

    The Geography Education Specialty Group (GESG) encourages students to participate in the GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 21-25, 2015. Students at all academic levels are encouraged to present their recent geography education research in specifically organized GESG Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition sessions. Students that present papers in the competition sessions will have their meeting registration fees (student member rate) refunded by the GESG. Additionally, up to two $100 prizes will be awarded to the best papers. In order to be considered, students should contact Dr. Herschel Stern by Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Submission and registration reimbursement details will be provided following initial contact. The final abstract submission deadline for the AAG 2015 conference is November 5, 2014. For any questions or for paper submission information, contact Dr. Herschel Stern at MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056, hstern@miracosta.edu, (760) 757-2121 x6247.

    Dance Your GIS

    Frank very jokingly sent me an io9 article on Science’s 2013 “Dance Your Ph.D.” Contest in which Ph.D’s, past or present, can win $500 for conveying their Ph.D concept through interpretive dance. The Grand Prize winner will present at the TEDxBrussels. I told him, the joke is on him, because the geospatial has always led itself to the beauty of dance. One of last year’s winners, Riccardo Da Re, created a video on “Governance of Natural Resources: Social Network Analysis and Good Governance Indicators” that many of us that work in the public sector and GIS planning would probably rather sit through than another three hour meeting on how organizations work together. Penn State has a website dedicated to “Teaching World Music with Geospatial Technology” that includes many innovate lessons.

    In 20012, Sarah Bennett , a Ph.D student from the University of Wisconsin, presented her poster on “Mapping the Qualitative Spaces of Dance” at the 2012 Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. She used cartographic design techniques to map a relationship between the body and space in dance. Her poster was very popular because everyone who passed it wanted to try out her concepts.  A 2012 GIScience paper titled, “RElative MOtion (REMO) Analysis of Dance”  explored how geospatial methods could help better understand the movement of dancer’s including their azimuth and other patterns.

    Sometimes it is just for the fun of it. The Land Surveyors United enjoyed the video on “How to Make Your Backhoe Dance” enough to put it on their official website.  National GIS conference often feature dance such as the recent NGIS conference were Shiva dance troupe performed and the ESRI User’s Conference that often feature themed dances, such as the 2009 Southern Hemisphere parade. Of course, I have to include Frank’s talking head dance at a geospatial conference.

    Looking for a few good interviews at the AAG in NY

    The VerySpatial crew will be at the AAG in New York from Friday, 24 February to Tuesday, 28 February. We have a handful of conversations lined up, but if you would like to sit down with us at the conference to talk about your project, class, product, etc. contact us via email (or twitter or facebook or google+) to arrange a time to sit down and talk. If you aren’t going to be at the AAG (for instance if you are hitting the Esri FedUC earlier that week instead) but would like to talk, we can always set up a phone/skype interview in March.

    See you in New York!

    Geography Education Specialty Group of the AAG

    As some of you may know, I took up the mantle of Treasurer of the GESG this year. Since I have an audience to reach out to through the blog, I thought I would take some time to evangelize the GESG and encourage folks to keep it in mind as they renew their AAG membership to register for the annual conference (mere weeks to go to submit abstracts).

    The mission of the Geography Education Specialty Group is:

    To promote research, development, and practice in the learning and teaching of geography and to examine and strengthen the role of geography in education by focusing on the development of learners, teachers, curricula, and programs.

    This clearly touches on anyone that is in the classroom, working in outreach, or really interested in how people conceive of Geography. There is obviously significant overlap with in membership with NCGE, but working as part of the AAG allows the GESG to build on the presentations and discussions of the larger group of educators and geographers in attendance at the AAG annual meeting. In other words…join both!

    If you are a student studying Geography Education, be sure to check out the GESG’s Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition. It is a great way to share your work and meet Geographers with a similar focus during the sessions (you know, there really are people outside your department). Plus, talk about icing on the cake, there are cash prizes for the competition! Student membership is cheap at $1.

    For the non-students, whether you are an AAG member or will be applying in the future and are interested in Geography Education, be sure to add us to your list of Specialty Groups. It is a great way to keep up-to-date with Geography educators in the AAG, and the related activities going on at the annual meeting. Regular membership is a very reasonable $5.

    Call for presentations, AAG 2012 session

    With the AAG taking place in February next year, the call for papers will close earlier than usual (Sept 28). Due to this earlier timeline I am putting out a call for a session I am putting together that will be made up of papers that will look at Participatory or Community Integrated GIS since the broad introduction, in 2005, of user generated and crowd sourced data along with Web 2.0 technologies. The broad question underlying the session will be “How have open data and accessible technologies changed Participatory GIS approaches?”. Presentations should provide:

  • a discussion of the changes in participatory projects,
  • an overview of the connection between participation and new data sources,
  • a specific example of new technologies in action,
  • or a sample of how communities are taking advantage of open data and new software.
  • If you plan to attend the AAG in NY and would like to be included in the session please contact me and provide a tentative title and a one sentence description of your topic. I will post a second call in August and finalize the session in early September.

    VerySpatial at AAG 2011

    With the AAG taking place in just over 2 weeks in Seattle we are ramping up for a great conference. All of the VerySpatial regulars and many of the contributors who are coming on board will be there. As always we will be wandering in and out of sessions (including our own) and capturing interviews with those souls intrepid enough to speak into a microphone. If you have something going on at the AAG that you would like us to catch or if you like to arrange a conversation in advance please email me and we will see what we can do.

    Also, be sure to come by our panel session on Saturday morning (April 16) where we will talk about geospatial technology outreach: what is out there, who is doing it, and how you should be involved or whatever we actually end up talking about. The session will be at 10 AM in 618 – Washington State Convention Center, Level 6.

    Also, since I will be there in the audience, I would encourage everyone to check out the Geography Education Specialty Group’s Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition on Wednesday afternoon (April 13) in Boren – Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor…or any of the student paper or poster competition sessions. There is always great content in these sessions.

    Need help finding a Seattle spot

    We are thinking of hosting a Geography meet up at the AAG in April to get a chance to meet some of you who will be in attendance of the conference or in the area. It will also be a chance to celebrate our 300th weekly episode which will come out the day after the AAG wraps up. The main thing that we are missing right now is a place to hold said meet up. If you are in Seattle or familiar with the area around the Sheraton and Convention Center and have suggestions of a place that be used for a small meet up please email me or leave a comment on this post with your suggestion. I would like to keep the location within 4-5 blocks of the conference if possible and we will probably try to have it on Thursday or Friday night (April 14 or 15).

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!