April 26, 2012

Announcing SheepCamp

Thank you all for your interest in SheepCamp.  We are now officially announcing this is a reality. 

Working with Big and User Generated Geographic Data

(aka SheepCamp)

 (gratuitous Photoshop opportunity, there will be no bales of hay involved)

Pack your laptops, sleeping bags (not necessary but feel free to bring one), and data as Sheep Camp 2012 will be held on the University of Kentucky's campus on June 15-17.  We will be meeting in Keeneland Hall, a residence hall at the university that has recently been renovated with meeting spaces, high speed WiFi and break out rooms. Attendees will stay in dorm rooms (single occupancy) with a shared bathroom with one other room. The cost is $26 per room per night and we ask non-students to contribute to this cost if possible. Graduate students will have their lodging covered. We're also hoping to cover a lot of the travel expenses for graduate students as well but to be eligible for this please contact Matt at zook@uky.edu.

We are encouraging those of you coming from New England, New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and the Mid-west to carpool.  We have set up a message board to try to organize carpools here: 
Carpool to SheepCamp Lexington

Our preliminary schedule is as follows:

Thu (June 14): Arrivals (as they happen)

Fri (June 15):   Bourbon Distillery tour (early afternoon)
                          Arrivals (as they happen)
                          Welcome dinner
                          Al's bar or West 6th Brewpub for lightning talks, (maximum 90 mins total)

 Sat (June 16):  Welcome message/meeting over breakfast,
                           Keynote/agenda setting talk
                           Skills workshop(s)
                           Lunch (informal discussion of theory)
                           Group project work
                           Reconvening for some sort of un-conference type activity

                           Note: The  exact topics will be developed by the participants over the next several weeks.  But the general idea is to set up a research agenda for using and analyzing user generated geo-coded content.  
Sun (June 17):  Breakfast. 
                           Group activity / Group presentation. 
                           Lunch / Awards (people start leaving)
                           Un-conference / Fun / Skills workshop(s)

We've been in contact with most of our confirmed attendees (who registered an expression of interest), but if you are interested in joining us and haven't been in touch, please email zook@uky.edu.

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