A team of researchers at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus has created a unique online resource that sheds new light on the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’.
The £260K Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project - called Visualising the Conflict – combines an extensive archive of information about memorials, including images, and information about deaths during the Troubles with geographical and internet technologies such as Second Life, Google Earth and Google StreetView to give an enhanced insight into the spatial dimensions of the Northern Ireland conflict.
It launched January 20th.
According to [Associate Professor Dr. Michelle] Ferrier [of the School of Communications at Elon University], media deserts are geographic or topical hotspots that lack consistent news and information sources. Ferrier, who is a local food advocate, saw the value of the USDA’s food map for mobilizing community action and uses the news as food metaphor for her research. Ferrier is working with Assistant Professor Dr. Ryan Kirk in the Department of Environmental Studies at Elon to visualize the impact of the changing media landscape using GIS mapping technologies. This spring, students in Kirk’s applied GIS class will be tackling the North Carolina media landscape to create a prototype for a national map.
A group of kids armed with GPS devices is taking community service to a new high-tech level. In Canandaigua, the 4-H Geoseekers learn geospatial science while giving back to their community.
The group is in the process of mapping every street sign in the city of Canandaigua. That’s because the Federal Highway Administration has mandated that every city have an inventory of its street signs.