What I learned about GIS resumes from the Career Development Academy

I’m always curious about what type of advice students get on the job hunt. At the 2017 GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, I sat in on the panel for the Career Development Academy led by Cerian Gibbes from UCCS. After the panel session, attendees offered their resumes for review, and I spent a…

Dissertation: The Production of Volunteered Geographic Information Production: A Study of OpenStreetMap in the United States

My dissertation is now available online at The Digital Collections of Texas State University. Abstract: The arrival of the World Wide Web, smartphones, tablets and GPS-units has increased the use, availability, and amount of digital geospatial information present on the Internet. Users can view maps, follow routes, find addresses, or share their locations in applications including…

Slides from Denver Geospatial Amateurs’ talk, August 11, 2015: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Earthquake in Nepal: Data Quality and the Crowd

Having moved to Denver almost exactly a year ago, I’ve really grown to love the GIS community here. It’s a group of bright, funny, innovative folks from all fields – academia, industry, the government, startups, oil, urban planning, and humanitarian aid. If you live near Denver, be sure to check out the monthly Geospatial Amateurs…

How OpenStreetMap can help Nepal

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has impacted a large area, including the capital of Kathmandu, a city of over one million, and the surrounding regions. The earthquake has also caused large avalanches on Mt. Everest during a busy hiking season. Getting first aid, medical supplies, food and water in a timely manner to people in need is…

Classifying Twitter Users with the Activity-Context Geography Model

I’ll be presenting a paper cowritten with my advisor, Dr. Yongmei Lu, at the International Conference on Location-Based Social Media in Athens, GA on March 13, 2015. The paper is titled “Classifying Twiter Users with the Activity-Context-Geography Model.” Below is the abstract: This paper reports on an examination of Twitter contributor data using the Activity-Context-Geography…

Texas State Geographic Spring 2014

I’m very pleased to present the inaugural issue of Texas State Geographic, a journal of undergraduate student writing and research in geography. You can read the issue at Scribd. I want to congratulate the authors whose work is presented here. I also want to appreciate those students who submitted articles. Overall, the quality of the…

Story Maps

For my Intro to GIS, my students created Story Maps using ArcGIS Online. Story Maps allow creators to tie images, videos, and maps together with a story line that anyone can follow. Here are some samples (best viewed in Firefox or Google Chrome): Eat San Antonio by David Parr Come and Visit Costa Rica by…

Teaching students to schedule project work

Dan Ariely recently had an “Ask-Me-Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit, and one of his experiments he discussed had results that I think directly relates to my experience with student’s final projects in Intro GIS: [–]bobby_g3 275 points 1 day ago What has been your favorite social experiment to try on a college campus and which experiment has changed…

Thesis: Innovation Diffusion Research in Geographic Information Science Research

My thesis is available at the Digital Collections of Texas State University. Abstract: Geographic Information Science (GIS) researchers analyze digital data to identify spatial patterns quantitatively. Following a similar approach, this thesis research reveals the diffusion dynamics of GIS research through analyzing the field’s publications. A total of 985 GIS journal articles published between 1997 and…