Wednesday 9th April, 2014
8:00am to 9:40am
Meeting Room 12, Marriott, Third Floor
Showing off our (GeoViz) goods! Tools and strategies for promoting experts, education, and leveraging non-specialists using geographic visualizations on the web
This session is organized to address a glaring weakness in Geography. People really like maps. Geographers and others make lots of maps that are informative. Yet the number and popularity of sites concentrating on what could be termed as Geographic Knowledge is still quite small (Strange Maps being the most notable exception). This has the dual disadvantage of departments and researchers missing opportunities to promote their work (visibility = credibility) and depriving an interested public of visualizations and analyses from experts on many topics. Geographic knowledge, particularly historical knowledge, is very limited and we are are now well positioned to improve this state of affairs with new tools and data sources. In the meantime, infographic sites (ex. flowing data) and visualization tools (ex. Gapminder) are exploding in use and popularity while Google Maps have familiarized the computer literate world with GIS. These session will take leaders in platform development, educators, and bloggers in and outside academia to examine where we are and future directions in visualizing geographic information. This will include people from worldmapper, Mapstory.org, ESRI, and visualizingeconimics.com. It is hoped this session will help generate action and increased collaboration to rectify missed opportunities to share our work with the general public.
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