June 12, 2012

Sheep Camp Approacheth

This weekend (June 15-17) the "Working with Big and User Generated Geographic Data" working retreat, aka SheepCamp will be taking place at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

We invite all locals to join us on Friday night (June 15) from 6 to 10 pm at the Bingham-Davis House, at the Gaines Center for the Humanities for a reception (food by Gumbo Ya Ya) and series of lightning talks.  These talks will be short (an interactive) introductions (5 to 7 minutes) to some of current, exciting research on user generated geo-data (such as Flickr, Twitter) as well as some critical reflections on it.  Talk titles include:
  • How Flickr data represents the U.S.-Mexico Border 
  • Countermapping DigiPlace at the Vancouver Olympics
  • The promise and peril of gleaning "socially relevant" neighborhood boundaries from social media
  • Balloon Mapping
  • Mapping Zombies: A Guide for Digital Pre-apocalyptic Analysis and Post-apocalyptic Survival
  • User-generated political geographies
  • Mapping Experience and Emotion
  • Brothels, Strippers and the Gendered Democracy of OpenStreetMap
  • User-generated data and journalism  
Given the unconference/camp structure there is NOT a formal set of events on Saturday and Sunday  but the twenty five participants from around the country will be discussing a range of topics including:
  • What sources of user-generated, geocoded data are there?  What are the strengths and weaknesses?  Who is collecting/using it? (This will include an overview of the New Maps Twitter project at the University of Kentucky.)
  • What has been written on user-generated and VGI data?  What are key questions?  What are common problems?
  • Setting a research agenda and organizing a Symposium for the AAG meeting in Los Angeles next year.
  • Bringing user generated data into education
  • How to visualize VGI and social media
  • And a range of fun stuff such as MapAttack and Werewolf
 Stay tuned for videos of the talks and posts on the discussion that emerges from the weekend.

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