[GeoHumanities SIG] new GeoHumanities SIG leadership!

Kathy Weimer kathy.weimer at rice.edu
Sat Oct 14 17:45:05 CEST 2017

Some months ago we shared with you that the GeoHumanities SIG two  
person leadership team of Karl Grossner and myself would be evolving,  
and sought interest from members in shaping a new team.  I am happy to  
announce our new GeoHumanities SIG co-conveners.  Welcome, Carmen  
Brando, Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Michael Page and Benjamin Vis!  You  
will be hearing from them on SIG business, announcements and many  
ongoing and new projects.  Please see their bios below.  I will stay  
on in a mentorship capacity in the coming year.  Last but not least,  
we all wish Karl heartfelt thanks for his time, attention and  
creativity in the SIG’s co-founding and leadership for these four years!

SIG CO-Convener Bios:

Carmen Brando holds a PhD in Computer Science, her research concerns  
the development of computational methods for the humanities and the  
social sciences. In particular, she is interested in semantic web,  
digital libraries, natural language processing, machine learning,  
geospatial applications. She works at the School for Advanced Studies  
in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris where she co-leads the  
Geomatics platform and is in charge of the geospatial data analysis  
and processing module for master students, she also teaches software  
development and databases courses in another context. She co-organized  
the GeoHumanities SIG-endorsed pre-conference workshop at the Digital  
Humanities conference in 2016 on semantic historical gazetteers which  
resulted in the publication of an special issue in the Journal of Map  
& Geography Libraries (Taylor & Francis) in which she contributed as  
guest co-editor. She currently coordinates two spatial humanities  
projects on this topic funded by the Paris Sciences Lettres Research  
University and the Campus Cordorcet.

Patricia Murrieta-Flores is the Director of the Digital Humanities  
Research Centre at the University of Chester, UK. Her interest lies in  
the application of technologies for Humanities research and her  
primary area of interest is the Spatial Humanities. Her main focus is  
the investigation of different aspects of space, place and time using  
a range of technologies including GIS, NLP, Machine Learning and  
Corpus Linguistics approaches. She is PI on the Transatlantic Platform  
(T-AP) funded project ‘Digging into Early Colonial Mexico: A  
large-scale computational analysis of 16th century historical  
sources’, and also collaborator and Co-I in multiple projects funded  
by the ERC, ESRC, AHRC, HERA, and the Paul Mellon Centre among others.  
She has edited and contributed to multiple books on Digital  
Humanities, Cultural Heritage, the use of GIS and other technologies  
in Archaeology, History, and Literature, and has published over 38  
articles exploring theories and methodologies related to space and  

Michael Page is a geographer from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia  
with a joint appointment between Emory College and Library and  
Information Technology Services. Within the Department of  
Environmental Sciences, he teaches courses in urban geography,  
cultural landscapes and geomorphology, cartography, geographic  
information systems (GIS), and remote sensing. Michael operates the  
Digital Lab at Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship that focuses on  
the production of collaborative and interdisciplinary digital  
scholarship projects that utilize methods in geospatial technologies,  
digital imaging, data visualization, and 3 modeling. Michael has been  
working in the geospatial field for over 25 years in the military,  
private sector, and higher education. His current projects include  
historical mapping of cities (Atlanta, Georgia and São Paulo, Brazil),  
researching alligator habitats on the Georgia Coast, the invasive  
lionfish problem in the USVI, and land-use and landscape change of the  
Northwest arm of the Great Salt Lake, Utah. For the past ten years, he  
has led the mapping and surveying efforts for the American  
Archaeological Expedition, Samothrace, Greece and with colleagues to  
build a digital coastal atlas of Georgia’s one hundred miles of  
barrier islands. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcpage/

Dr Benjamin Vis read Archaeology at Leiden University and undertook  
his PhD in Geography at the University of Leeds. Currently he holds a  
Research Fellowship (Digital Humanities) from the Eastern Area  
Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) based at the University of Kent.  
There he co-directs the Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial  
Studies (KISS) and convenes a GeoHumanities Working Group. In 2012 he  
led the ESRC/NCRM research community Assembly for Comparative  
Urbanisation and the Material Environment (ACUMEN) and currently leads  
the AHRC network Pre-Columbian Tropical Urban Life (TruLife): Placing  
the past in designs for sustainable urban futures. He is working on  
his monograph Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban  
Form (under review at UCL Press), which will present the theoretical  
and methodological foundation of Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. A  
fundamental interest in society-space relationships, especially how  
human beings inhabit the environments they construct, informs his  
work. The variety of the deep human past is used to make radical  
comparative contributions to urban studies tackling social and  
ecological sustainable development. He continues developing urban  
morphological research on Maya urban life and spatial organisation.

Katherine Hart Weimer
Head, Kelley Center for
   Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services
Rice University, Fondren Library
713.348.6212 | khw2 at rice.edu
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-7787

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