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Book launch: The Data Revolution and others

Mark Boyle, Chris Brunsdon & Rob Kitchin invite you to a BOOK LAUNCH Thursday 26th, February 2015, 4.30pm, Maynooth University Bookshop, North Campus

Using the story of the “West and the world” as its backdrop, this book provides for beginning students a clear and concise introduction to Human Geography, including its key concepts, seminal thinkers and their theories, contemporary debates, and celebrated case studies.

“An excellent textbook for introductory courses in Human Geography.” Prof. Patricia Wood, York University, Toronto

“In this textbook, Mark Boyle combines his broad and deep understanding of the discipline of Human Geography with his great passion and enthusiasm for education and teaching.”  Prof. Guy Baeten, Lund University

This is an excellent and student-friendly text from two of the world leaders in spatial analysis. It shows clearly why the open source software R is not just an alternative to commercial GIS, it may actually be the better choice for mapping, analysis and for replicable research. Prof.  Richard Harris, Bristol University

This is a vital primer to what is ‘Big’ about geocomputation: new data, innovative methods of analysis, new geographic information technologies and, above all, an over-arching rethink of how we represent geography. Prof. Paul Longley, UCL

The Data Revolution provides a synoptic and critical analysis of big data, open data, and data infrastructures.

“Anyone who wants to obtain a critical, conceptually honed and analytically refined perspective on new forms of data should read this book.”  David Beer, University of York

Funny, engaging, fast-paced and hugely enjoyable … a unique combination of comedy, both gentle and black, and Grand Guignol murder and mayhem.”  Michael Russell, author of The City of Strangers


Big data and human geography forum

A forum on big data and human geography has just been published in Dialogues in Human Geography 3(3), November 2013.  It includes a paper by Rob Kitchin on the opportunities, challenges and risks of big data to geographic scholarship.  Here’s a full list of contributions:

Mark Graham and Taylor Shelton: Geography and the future of big data, big data and the future of geography, pp. 255-261,

Rob Kitchin: Big data and human geography: Opportunities, challenges and risks, pp. 262-267

Evelyn Ruppert: Rethinking empirical social sciences, pp. 268-273

Michael Batty: Big data, smart cities and city planning, pp. 274-279

Michael F Goodchild: The quality of big (geo)data, pp. 280-284

Sean P Gorman: The danger of a big data episteme and the need to evolve geographic information systems, pp. 285-291

Sandra González-Bailón: Big data and the fabric of human geography, pp. 292-296

Trevor J Barnes: Big data, little history, pp. 297-302