Geovisualization Colloquium

Saturday, March 29
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Macalester College

Never before in history have data been generated at such high volumes as they are today. Geographically referenced digital data, in particular, are estimated to represent up to 80% of all digitally generated data. Such information is not only recorded about us and the world we live in, but we are also increasingly interacting with this information remotely and dynamically through technologies such as Google Earth, Electronic Atlases, and Virtual Environments. These and related technologies are utilized by faculty in a wide range of academic fields. If we are to fully utilize the potential of this wealth of digital information, we must understand how to visually explore, analyze, synthesize, and present geographically referenced data. Developing the theories, methods, and tools to answer these ‘how to’ questions are the main focus of the emerging field of geovisualization; a specialty which draws upon approaches from many disciplines, including Cartography, Scientific Visualization, Image Analysis, Information Visualization, Exploratory Data Analysis, and GIScience.

The purpose of the Geovisualization colloquium is to provide a structured forum for faculty from Macalester and Carleton Colleges to explore the technologies, methods, and innovations of geovisualization through interaction with leading scholars in this field. The seminar will engage participants in learning about new developments and challenges in geovisualization as well as providing ideas for utilizing these technologies in teaching and research. The colloquium will host four speakers, Professor Colin Ware (University of New Hampshire), Assistant Professor Mark Harrower (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Professor and Dean Robert McMaster (University of Minnesota) and Associate Professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou (University of San Diego). Over the course of our one-day event, participants will hear from these four speakers’ on state of the art research in geovisualization and participate in discussions addressing geovisualization for teaching and research. Lunch and breaks will provide opportunity for continued interaction with our distinguished guests.

Presentations by:

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou
San Diego State University
New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web-based GeoVisualization for the San Diego 2007 Wildfires

Dr. Colin Ware
Director, Data Visualization Research Lab,
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire
Visual Thinking and Geo-Spatial Data Visualization

Dr. Robert McMaster
Department of Geography, University of Minnesota
The National Historic Geographic Information System (NHGIS): A Visualization of Space and Time

Mark Harrower
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Visualizing Geographic Processes

Additional Resources for this Colloquium


Details and Applications:

The Colloquium will be held on Saturday, 29 March in Weyerhaeuser Board Room at Macalester College from about 8:30-4:30. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

The Colloquium is limited to 30 participants and will include travel expenses and materials. Application deadline in March 14.


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The colloquium is funded by the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Life Cycles grant to Carleton and Macalester Colleges.

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