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Megacities through the Lens of Social Media

Mar 22 2016

Megacities, which can be roughly defined as cities with a population of over 10 million people are on the increase due to ongoing urbanization trends. The United Nations notes that since the 1970’s the number of megacities has more than tripled (from 8 to 34), and is expected to further double until 2050 (to exceed […]

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Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak: Action Items for Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

Mar 01 2016

We recently co-authored a paper entitled “Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak: Action Items for Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response” in EcoHealth” with several other researchers from George Mason University. In the paper we discuss the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which was the longest, largest and most widespread of its type up to […]

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Call for Papers: GeoSocial: Social Media and GIScience

Feb 18 2016

GeoSocial: Social Media and GIScience A GIScience 2016 Workshop September 27th, Montreal, Canada This day-long workshop aims to serve as a platform to discuss and showcase the complex issues associated with the analysis of social media contributions in the context of GIScience. Spanning spatial footprints, social networks, and sociocultural themes, such data can support a […]

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Measles Vaccination Narrative in Twitter

Jan 04 2016

Continuing our work with respects to GeoSocial analysis we have recently published a paper in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance entitled “The Measles Vaccination Narrative in Twitter: A Quantitative Analysis“. In this paper we explore how social media can be quantitatively studied to explore the narrative behind measles vaccinations. Below you can read the abstract […]

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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.