Public presentation on GEO-C project results in Münster

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 lecture slides are available for download here and the podcast can be accessed here (both in German).

The Paper “Place and City: Toward Urban Intelligence” is the cover of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Volume 7, issue 9)

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).

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.

Geo-C Researcher Mentors USAID YouthMappers Research Fellow

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.

NOVA IMS and GEO-C team are pleased to welcome the visit of Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh

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”

Seminar with Prof. Viswanath Venkatesh: "The road to success"



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.

NOVA IMS and GEO-C team are pleased to welcome the visit of Dr. Christy M K Cheung

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.

Best Research Paper Award ICEGOV 2018 Galway, Ireland !!

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



Paper Published in International Journal of Geo-Information IJGI – ISPRS about Roadblocks Hindering the Reuse of Open Geodata.

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.

Abstract: Open data initiatives are playing an important role in current city governments. Despite more data being made open, few studies have looked into barriers to open geographic data reuse from a data consumer’s perspective. This article suggests a taxonomy of these barriers for Colombia and Spain, based on a literature review, an online questionnaire, and workshops conducted in four cities of these two countries. The taxonomy highlights that issues such as outdated data, low integration of data producers, published data being difficult to access, misinterpretation and misuse of released data and their terms of use are the most relevant from the data consumer’s point of view. The article ends with some recommendations to open data providers and research as regards steps to make open geographic data more usable in the countries analyzed.

This article is Open Access anyone can read and download anytime. For more information, to download, cite or read this recently published paper:

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.

Geotec organizes a Tableau course in the GEO-C context

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.