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Wednesday, May 17 • 9:00am - 10:15am
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Keynote: Layers of Social Change: Gender and Geographic Information 

As the medium of the map has changed, the data and society reflected in the map have evolved.  Geographic information is now almost ubiquitous in mobile phones and online repositories, but that information is not created equally.  Some demographics have contributed more and the corpus of crowdsourced information (Wikipedia, Google, OpenStreetMap) is reflective of those perspectives.  Many of the maps used in every day life simultaneously maintain and reproduce race, class, and gender biases.  This talk will discuss these social, spatial, and gender biases in geospatial data and how social change can happen online through democratic processes.  It will also reflect on the role of municipal opendata in social processes.   


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Joshua Greenberg

Sr. GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term gro... Read More →

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Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Our keynote speaker is Monica Stephens, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) in New York. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 2012 and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Kentucky.Dr. Stephens' research integrates methodologies in GIS with Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Big Data. She harnesses and critiques these methodologies with data from social media and user-generated content to trace inequalities across gender, race and economic status. She blogs with colleagues at... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

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