The Nexus of Place and Space: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Data and Methods

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Janna Caspersen, Christa Brelsford, Kevin Magee
Chairs: Janna Caspersen


There exists a synergy between emerging qualitative data sources (e.g., volunteered geographic information, social media) and traditional quantitative data sources (e.g., remote sensing). Many of these emergent (sometimes termed non-traditional) data sources offer unique contextual or explanatory insight into geographic locations; however, their utility is offset by their inherent spatial and thematic uncertainty, uneven sampling, and lack of independent verifiability. Conversely, there exist many traditional data sources, collected via direct sampling or remote methods that are mathematically or geophysically tractable, yet do not consider complexities of the human element.

For example, urbanization of the world population is a rapid, and visually observable, global transformation, generating or expanding anthropogenic landscapes, triggering technological, demographic, political, economic, and environmental changes. The combination of qualitative and quantitative data and methods has the power to detect, describe, and perhaps influence resulting urban dynamics, complex interactions, and interlinked processes across space and time that are otherwise invisible in more traditional analyses. Approved for public release under case number 18-066.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Kevin Magee NGA 5 8:00 AM
Presenter Cordula Robinson*, Northeastern University, Payden McRoberts, Northeastern University, Todd Barr, Northeastern University, Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Measure Urban Resilience 20 8:05 AM
Presenter Will Heikes*, Clark University, ‘Mi Gente’ and Musical Awareness: A GIS analysis of awareness of Spanish-language music using Tweets in the United States 20 8:25 AM
Presenter Lauryn N. Bingham Bragg, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jesse Piburn*, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Marie Urban, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Robert Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Using measures of cultural and economic similarity to infer occupancy patterns across countries 20 8:45 AM
Presenter Lauryn Bragg*, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jesse Piburn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Marie Urban, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Robert Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cultural Factors That Drive Occupancy Numbers in Manufacturing 20 9:05 AM
Discussant Janna Caspersen University of Tennessee Department of Geography 15 9:25 AM

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