As part of a public lecture series on digitalisation at WWU Münster, Christian Kray yesterday (Nov 5, 2018) delivered a public lecture on “Participation, integration and transparency in an urban context: the benefits and pitfalls of digitalisation” (Teilhabe, Integration und Transparenz im urbanen Kontext: Digitalisierung als Chance und Gefahr). In his lecture, he introduced the basic idea behind smart cities and gave an overview of the potential benefits and dangers that such cities hold. He then presented the GEO-C project and some example results before focussing on location information and location privacy, the topic investigated by Mehrnaz Ataei (ESR13). Using the lecture itself as an example scenario, he explained why location information can provide deep insights on the person who is sharing it. Highlighting the importance of a concerted effort, he then pointed out how different stakeholders can contribute towards countering the dangers and realising the benefits of smart cities, based on the results produced by Mehrnaz Ataei. He concluded by providing an outlook on future developments. In the plenary question and answer session following the presentations, topics such as data protection, political implications and social scoring were discussed.
The paper of Albert Acedo (ESR04) and colleagues has been selected to be the cover of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Volume 7, issue 9). https://bit.ly/2IuBWkT
The citizenship place network of cities is still hidden. Although many authors foresee the spatial structure of a city theoretically, its operationalization remains constrained in urban studies. This research contributes to this discussion through the exploratory examination of the geographical relationship between a sense of place and social capital at the collective and individual level. Using spatial data collected through a web-map-based survey, we found that a sense of place and social capital spatial dimensions had a non-disjointed relationship for approximately half of the participants and showed a spatial clustering when they were aggregated. This research wants to open up the agenda for further research into exploratory place-based geography studies and sets up common ground for other socially-oriented conceptualizations or applications.
Adeoluwa Akande, a PhD researcher at NOVA IMS has been selected to serve as a mentor in the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship.
The 9-month program is designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on the resilience of vulnerable populations around the world.
Adeoluwa will be mentoring Dennis Irorere, a student of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria on his researched titled “Leveraging open data and geospatial technology for food security”. His study seeks to develop a platform that can be a repository for farmer’s and agricultural produce data. Furthermore, a crop cultivation map will be developed for Ondo State, one of the most influential states in Nigeria, to foster positive decision making.
All new data created during the course of this research will be open and accessible to the public using the OpenStreetMap platform and tools to ensure it is freely available for the greater public good, particularly local populations planning for the welfare and vitality of their own communities.
Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh is a worldwide renowned academic researcher and authority in the field of Information Systems with nearly 80000 citations in Google scholar. He was invited by the GEO-C team to visit NOVA IMS school on 03 and 04 of July 2018 to deliver a seminar and provide feedback to improve the research of Mijail Naranjo-Zolotov (esr05).
Title of seminar: “Road to success: A guide for doctoral students and junior faculty members in the behavioral and social sciences”
Biography: Viswanath Venkatesh, who completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1997, is a Distinguished Professor and Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics, both in terms of premier journal publications and citations. His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society.
Dr. Stéphane Roche is a well-known researcher in the field of Geographic Information Science and Smart Cities. The GEO-C team invited him to visit NOVA IMS school (4th to 8th of June) to talk about the current transition from the Smart City technological paradigm to a more citizen-centric approach. Furthermore, he provided feedback to improve and collaborate in the research of #ESR04. We are excited for the opportunity to work with him.
Dr. Christy M K Cheung is a worldwide renowned researcher in the field of Information Systems with more than 12400 citation in Google scholar. She was invited by the GEO-C team to visit NOVA IMS school from 21 to 25 of May 2018 to deliver a seminar and provide feedback to improve the research of esr#05 Mijail Naranjo-Zolotov. We are very pleased by her visit.
Title of seminar: Societal Impacts of ICT Use: Understanding Bystanders’ Proactive Reporting Responses to Online Harassment
Christy M.K. Cheung is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and e-Business Management at Hong Kong Baptist University. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the College of Business at City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Technology Use and Well-Being, IT Adoption and Use, Societal Implications of IT Use, and Social Media. She has published over one hundred refereed articles in international journals, and conference proceedings, including Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, MIS Quarterly and among others. She is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Internet Research and President for AIS-HK Chapter.
11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance ICEGOV 2018
Continued intention to use online participatory budgeting: The effect of empowerment and habit
Mijail Naranjo Zolotov | NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
Tiago Oliveira | NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
Sven Casteleyn | Jaume I University, Spain
Video of the closing session and awards here
Another participatory workshop led by Geo-C UJI in Valencia city in collaboration with the Open Government and Transparency office of City Hall.
Over 23 participants from several backgrounds and entities met up in the innovation lab “Las Naves” located in the east of Valencia. This half-day participatory workshop counted with an extended programme around user-focused metadata and reusability level of open geographic data in cities.
Two final activities were part of this workshop. Three small groups were created to design an user-focused metadata tab. Componentes, like the comments section, rating schema, maps, charts, and graphs were the most popular by attendants. Finally, the pros and cons of both open data initiatives were discussed to have an overview of the activity and define what are the most useful functionalities in each portal.
This workshop was the second edition to meet up data users and local authorities, around the current open data initiatives challenges. The validation of the possible barriers that prevent to take the full advantage of the available geo data in cities was the core of the first event in Valencia. During this workshop, a generic strategy to reduce the identified obstacles and improve the metadata attributes was the activity aim.
The final report and results of this activity will be soon available on the Valencia open government office’s website and likewise will be included in the ongoing research of Esr11 research topic of the GeoC project.
The paper Roadblocks Hindering the Reuse of Open Geodata in Colombia and Spain: A Data User’s Perspective (Authors: Fernando Benitez-Paez, Auriol Degbelo, Sergi Trilles, Joaquin Huerta) has been published in Volume 7, issue 1 of the International Journal of Geo-Information ISPRS by MDPI.
This article is Open Access anyone can read and download anytime. For more information, to download, cite or read this recently published paper: http://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/7/1/6
Cite: Benitez-Paez F, Degbelo A, Trilles S, Huerta J. Roadblocks Hindering the Reuse of Open Geodata in Colombia and Spain: A Data User’s Perspective. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2018; 7(1):6.
Last Nowadays, dashboards and interactive visualizations techniques are becoming very popular. Among the different tools that we can find in the market we highlight Tableau, which is an interactive data visualization product focused on business intelligence. Thus, if you want to analyze your data geographically, it is also possible to plot data on a map in Tableau.
Thus, last 28th February, we organized a one day course tought by official Tableau instructors centered on the mapping capabilities of this leading tool. This course was partially funded by GEO-C project.