#GEO/CODE 2013: Geoweb, Big Data and Society (A call for "calls for papers")

  • Posted on: 2 July 2012
  • By: zook
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 15:30
#GEO/CODE 2013: Geoweb, Big Data and Society
A call for "calls for papers" for the 2013 AAG meeting in Los Angeles (April 9-13)
Organizers: Matthew Zook (Kentucky), Taylor Shelton (Clark), Jim Thatcher (Clark), Mark Graham (Oxford), Monica Stephens (Humboldt State), Joe Eckert (Washington), Matthew W. Wilson (Kentucky), Ryan Burns (Washington), Craig Dalton (Bloomsburg Unviersity)
The geoweb – the integration of location information with online data and activity – is a fast growing phenomenon.  Geoweb data is both collected automatically (GPS tracking, smart phones) and voluntarily released via a range of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc.).  This has created a situation in which ‘big data’ sets are increasingly available and can be leveraged to better understand the geographies of our daily lives.  At the same time, this phenomenon raises challenges to many concepts and theories developed in other technology & society debates. As a result, researchers within human geography and GIScience are actively pursuing a number of intertwined research questions.
This call for "calls for papers" is an effort to organize geoweb and big data sessions along a common track, such that the timing of sessions at the AAG does not overlap and prevent full participation from interested parties. We hope this will help move the study of the geoweb out of a niche activity (distributed amongst a range of sub-disciplinary fields) and establish a shared agenda and best practices for big data collection and analysis.  This call seeks sessions ranging from data collection issues to privacy concerns to methods for analyzing big data to theoretical formulations. We are particularly interested in sessions that are neither confined entirely to critique or technical issues, but which simultaneously emphasize the value of technical skills and critical theoretical perspectives.
Follow the links below to access calls for papers:

We are actively seeking additional sessions as well.  People who are interested in linking their "call for papers" to this project should contact Matthew Zook zook@uky.edu.  Note, the review and inclusion of papers into a session will remain the prerogative of the organizers of each call but all calls will be posted at http://newmaps.as.uky.edu/.  Individual papers on the geoweb (particularly those that don't mesh with existing calls) can also be submitted directly to Matthew Zook zook@uky.edu for possible inclusion in specially organized sessions.

To provide guidance on the range of topics we seek, please refer to the follow set of questions.
  • How do users interact with the geoweb? Who has authorship and access to geoweb tools?  How do we address ownership of data & resulting analysis/visualization?
  • How do we deal with the "data driven" nature of geoweb research?  For example, what do geocoded tweets represent?  Who/what do they track?  What are the limitations/promises of geoweb data
  • What is the role for community participation in the geoweb?
  • How do we move beyond the use of big data sources to make pretty maps?  What kind of visualization and statistical tools are available and what can they tell us?
  • How are social networks and locational data/GIS integrated and expanded within the geoweb?
  • How do we theorize and reflect on big geospatial data?  What are critical geographies of big data?
  • What are the economies of how geoweb data is produced, distributed and consumed?
  • What are the political economies of the geoweb/"big data"?
  • What is the role of qualitative methods in studying big data?
  • Who are the people left out of the geoweb (gender/race/class)?
  • What types of knowledge or data are accessible in the geoweb?
  • Who is mapping and counter-mapping the geoweb?  What are strategies?
  • What are the politics of mapping the geoweb?
  • What is happening within DIY (do it yourself) mapping?
  • How is the geoweb formed? 
  • What is the role of hazards and crisis management within the geoweb?
  • How is “big data” situated in relation to its “Other”, “small data”? Does small data raise challenges to big data? And what is the continued role of small data in geoweb studies?