Leveraging Qualitative Data in Developing Population Density Estimates for Cemeteries

Authors: Lauryn Bragg*, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cultural Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: population, density, culture, GIST, PDT, anthropology, South Sudan, North Korea
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Council Room, Omni, West
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The Population Density Tables (PDT) project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory utilizes a wide range of open-source material such as official census documents, ethnographies, journal articles, humanitarian sources, and other reputable open source data to report average occupancy for buildings and population density for open spaces at the regional, national, and sub-national level. PDT is a learning system that accommodates qualitative data into the modeling process to capture the cultural practices of a country for that building or facility type. In the case of cemeteries, there is very little information reported in the open source of population estimates (people visiting or attending burial ceremonies) at cemeteries for any temporal scale. However, there are sources that report on local cultural practices which tell us how people typically use that space. Using North Korea and South Sudan as examples, I am looking at cultural norms and practices of how people occupy cemeteries and how that space is influenced by cultural traditions. For this project, rural and urban areas will be analyzed and compared with this method of analysis eventually being applied to the rest of the world.

Authors: Lauryn N. Bingham Bragg
Co-authors: Marie Urban
Keywords: population, density, culture, GIST, PDT, anthropology, South Sudan, North Korea

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