This in-person summit convened a breadth of disciplines, including social science, computer science, humanities, and legal scholars and professionals to further discuss locational information and the public interest. About 30 experts joined on a high-level report to build a framework for continued and collaborative work in the coming years, which target different audiences including academic scholars, educators, certifying bodies, GIS professionals, spatial data scientists, and students across the increased breadth of disciplines that use locational information. This event was hosted by the Organizing Committee on Locational Information and the Public Interest, sponsored by Esri, and held in Santa Barbara, California.
White Paper on Locational Information and the Public Interest
Read the white paper containing the findings of the Locational Information and the Public Interest Summit, as well as its goals, agenda and participants. Read more
We thank the following individuals (who are also listed as co-authors) for their diverse expertise, perspectives, and contribution to the efforts:
- Luis F. Alvarez León (Department of Geography, Dartmouth College), spatial thinking, critical GIS, economic, and digital geographies
- Mia Bennett (Department of Geography, University of Washington), critical remote sensing, Polar geographies, geopolitics
- Daniel G. Cole (IT Office, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution), GIS, cartography
- Kitty Currier (Center for Spatial Studies, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara), participatory mapping, environmental planning
- Victoria Fast (Department of Geography, University of Calgary), GIScience, human geography, urban studies, accessibility mapping
- Jeffrey Hirsch (University of North Carolina, School of Law), labor and employment law
- Markus Kattenbeck (Research Division Geoinformation, TU Wien), spatial human–computer interaction, GIScience, behavioral geography
- Peter Kedron (School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning, Spatial Analysis Research Center, Arizona State University), replicability of geographic research, practices of geographic researchers, spatial analysis
- Joseph Kerski (Environmental Systems Research Institute, University of Denver), geotechnologies, spatial thinking, geography education
- Zilong Liu (STKO Lab, Department of Geography, Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), knowledge graphs, GeoAI, geospatial semantics
- Trisalyn Nelson (Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara), big data analytics, healthy geography, transportation
- Toby Shulruff (Public Interest Technology, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University), technology and gender-based violence
- Renée E. Sieber (Department of Geography, Bieler School of Environment, School of Computer Science, McGill University), geospatial technologies, public participation, GeoAI
- John A. Wertman (Environmental Systems Research Institute), public policy, government relations, geographic data
- Clancy Wilmott (Department of Geography, Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California, Berkeley), spatial representation, digital geographies, settler-colonial spaces
- May Yuan (Geospatial Information Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas), geographic representations, computational methods
- Bo Zhao (Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle), humanistic GIS, geospatial misinformation, and digital geographies
- Rui Zhu (Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, U.K.), spatial statistics, geospatial semantics, knowledge graphs, GeoAI
Note: Each participant was also prompted to serve an additional role to support the development of the outcomes of the Summit, such as a panelist, a moderator, or a note taker.
Partners in AAG’s initiative on Locational Information and the Public Interest include the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California – Santa Barbara and Arizona State University, among many others, with the support of Esri.