Challenges in Global Geospatial Analytics

Introductory Readings for Geovisual Analytics


To Read

Begin to read background information on geovisual analytics (what it is, how is it different than “GIS,” similarities to geographic visualization, and how has it been applied to big data). Below is a listing of several articles of interest. You are encouraged to perform your own search to locate articles related to this course. Links to websites and all PDFs can be found in the Lesson 1 Module in Canvas.

Bak, Peter, Matthias Schaefer, Andreas Stoffel, Daniel A. Keim & Itzhak Omer. 2009. “Density Equalizing Distortion of Large Geographic Point Sets.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 36(3): 237-250.

Cook, Kristin A., and James J. Thomas. Illuminating the path: The research and development agenda for visual analytics. No. PNNL-SA-45230. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), 2005.

Fabrikant, Sara and Griffin, Amy. 2009. “Introduction: Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization.” Cartographica, 44(3):139-143. (PDF in Canvas)

Heidi Lam, Enrico Bertini, Petra Isenberg, Catherine Plaisant, Sheelagh Carpendale. "Seven Guiding Scenarios for Information Visualization Evaluation.” [Research Report] 2011-992-04, 2011.

Ho, Quan, Patrik Lundblad, Tobias Åström and Mikael Jern, A Web-Enabled Visualization Toolkit for Geovisual Analytics, 2011, Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering: SPIE: Electronic Imaging Science and Technology, Visualization and Data Analysis, 78680R-78680R-12. 

Keim, Daniel, Gennady Andrienko, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Carsten Görg, Jörn Kohlhammer, et al.. Visual Analytics: Definition, Process and Challenges. Andreas Kerren and John T. Stasko and Jean-Daniel Fekete and Chris North. Information Visualization - Human-Centered Issues and Perspectives, Springer, pp.154-175, 2008, LNCS.

Lemmens R, Kessler C (2014) Geo-information visualizations of linked data. In: Proceedings of the 17th AGILE conference on geographic information science, 3–6 June 2014, Castellon, Spain.

MacEachren, Alan & Kraak, Menno-Jan. 2001. “Research Challenges in Geovisualization.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 28(1): 3-12. (PDF in Canvas)

Sherry, Bennett. 2014-2015. “Mobile Networks: Visualizing the Global Refugee Regime.” Journal of World Historical Information. 2-3(1):79-94. (PDF in Canvas)

Course Readings: Let's Discuss

After reading through these articles, go into Canvas and post in the Course Readings Discussion in the Lesson 1 Module. We would like you to discuss the following ideas.

  • There are various approaches to exploring data. Two of those approaches that are relevant for our purposes include (but are not limited to) Geovisualization and Geospatial (visual ) Analytics. Explain how these and other approaches differ with respect to exploring data. Are there any advantages that one approach offers over the other? 
  • Were there any articles that you found particularly relevant and/or helpful given the scope of the class? Are there other readings that you would recommend adding to our list?

Also make sure that you have posted a video introduction in the Course Orientation - Personal Introductions Discussion to introduce yourself to everyone else in the class.