Bringing local Geodata to journalism: Exploring Floating Sheep and the DOLLY (Data on Local Life and You) Project

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Zook of University of Kentucky, Floating Sheep; Ate Poorthuis of University of Kentucky, Floating Sheep
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 1 at 9:00am
  • Location: Churchill Downs
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The academic bloggers behind offer an overview of DOLLY: an online platform for easily exploring and visualizing the local aspect of geographic 'big' data like Twitter. We will walk through the functionality of the app as well as a number of practical examples of how DOLLY can be used to explore news events. We are still working through how we could make this academic resource more widely available and interested in working with a few members of the IRE community to apply DOLLY's potential to journalism.

Speaker Bios

  • Ate Poorthuis is a PhD student at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Geography. A recent transplant from the Netherlands, he has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam (also in Geography). His interests are at the crossroads of urban geography, public space and the Geoweb – subjects that he also likes to explore via a mix of coding, mapping and data viz.

  • Matthew Zook is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Geography department at the University of Kentucky. For the past several years he has studied how the geoweb (particularly the practices surrounding user-generated data) and understanding where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created.  He studies the interaction of code, space and place interact as people increasingly use of mobile, digital technologies to navigate through their everyday, lived geographies.  See for more information. @mattzook

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