USGIF 2012 Achievement Award for Academic Research

Posted: October 11, 2012 at 11:48 am, Last Updated: March 29, 2013 at 11:52 am


The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), has just awarded our team the 2012 USGIF Achievement Award for Academic Research for our pioneering work on harvesting geospatial intelligence from social media. This pioneering work has led to the new computational paradigm of GeoSocial Analysis, providing a new understanding of sociocultural dynamics in space and the links among various locations. Below is the movie from the awards ceremony at the GEOINT 2012 Symposium.

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Also our work has recently been been featured in the the USGIF Trajectory Magazine.  The first article entitled “OSINT Goes Social: Social media presents new opportunities and challenges for deriving open source intelligence” by Jim Hodges, discusses the potential of social media for open source intelligence.


In the second article entitled “Visualizing the Invisible” by Kristin Quinn discuses how our pioneering work is leading to a new approach to harvesting GEOINT.

Demarcating New Boundaries: Mapping Virtual Polycentric Communities through Social Media Content

The proliferation of social media has led to the emergence of a new type of geospatial information that defies the conventions of authoritative or volunteered geographic information, yet can be harvested to reveal unique and dynamic information about people and their activities.