Congratulations to Cassandra Lee for the completion of her Masters’ thesis! Cassandra has completed a MSc thesis in Geography under the supervision of Drs Rodolphe Devillers (Geography) and Orland Hoeber (Computer Sciences). Part of a larger NSERC project, Cassandra’s thesis looked at designing and testing new methods for navigating through spatio-temporal data using temporal zooming and panning tools that she has tested in multitouch environments. Cassandra’s work was presented at the GIScience’12 conference and was submitted to nothing less than our flagship GIS journal: the International Journal of Geographic Information Sciences (IJGIS). Good luck for the future Cassandra!
Katy has joined us from Plymouth University, SW England, where she gained an Honours degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology. She will spend the next two years working towards her MSc in Geography as a member of the Geo(bio?)matics lab. Her work will be focussed on testing the capabilities of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) marine technology developed by the Merlin Lab, Memorial University, for conducting coastal marine habitat mapping.
Congratulations to André Roy for the completion of his Master’s thesis titled “Mapping capelin demersal spawning habitat off Northeast Newfoundland”. André did his thesis as part of our Marine Habitat Research Group in the Geography department and is working as a hydrographer for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).
The final workshop of the 4-year GEOIDE project looking at law, ethics and quality issues related to geospatial data took place in Quebec City on May 18th, right after the GSDI 13 conference. The “International workshop on geospatial data quality – Legal, ethical and technical aspects“, co-organized by Marc Gervais, Tania Roy and Rodolphe Devillers, has involved about 50 people from a number of countries (e.g. Canada, USA, The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, France, Australia, Poland) and sectors (academia, industry and government). The workshop started by a keynote address from Prof Yvan Bédard, discussing the need for geospatial data producer to share their data in a more ethical manner, and encouraging academics to play a role in improving the situation. A number of speakers presented various interesting perspectives on the topic. A new code of ethics for 3D spatial data was officially released during the day, resulting from a consultation between various Canadian stakeholders. The day has ended with a panel discussion on legal and ethical questions related to Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). The panel discussion, facilitated by Roger Longhorn, has involved Profs David Coleman, Teresa Scassa, Michael Goodchild, and Harlan Onsrud and led to very interesting discussions and perspectives. It was a very interesting day and presentations will soon be made available on a Website (to be announced).
Rodolphe Devillers participated and helped organizing a 3-day workshop on systematic conservation planning in the open-ocean. The workshop took place from March 5-8th, 2012 near Brisbane, Australia, organized by Dr Natalie Ban and Prof. Bob Pressey (James Cook University) and involving 10 experts in marine conservation and systematic conservation planning. This was a very productive workshop and the outcome of the discussions will be published in the coming year to encourage the use of systematic conservation planning approaches in the open ocean.