About

We are a diverse and international group of researchers. We are primarily located in the Geography Department at the University of Calgary in Canada. Our main focus in on the

understanding and representation of spatial and geographic information

. As such, our interests bridge the human and physical, the environmental and the social, the technical and the cultural. The locations of our work vary from the urban to the rural, the developed to developing worlds, and from cutting edge technologies to traditional methodologies. Multi-modal refers to sensory modalities, such as vision, touch and audition, and also to information modalities, language, maps, and computer systems.

Research foci

  • Tactile map design  
     
     
     
     
  • International Cartographic Association [information] Commission on maps and graphics for blind and visually impaired people [information] Department of geography information here 



     
    • Auditory display
     








    • Haptic display







        • Multimodal Geographic Information Science
          
















        • Cognitive issues in map design and use











        • Wayfinding and navigation strategies for vision impaired individuals


          •  Human computer interaction












          RESEARCH FUNDING

          • We gratefully acknowledge the following funding agencies who have supported our work












           

          US National Science Foundation




          National Center for Geographic Information Analyses




          University of California at Santa Barbara


           US Department of Education
          National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)



           Canada - France Research Exchange




          The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funding agencies


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          We have also worked on research in the Philippines:

          Civil Society Opposition to Nonferrous Metals in the Philippines
          The Basic Ecclesial Community Movement in the Philippines



          Anthem Press


          Holden, W. N. Jacobson, R.D. (2012) Mining and Natural Hazard Vulnerability in the Philippines: Digging to development or digging to disaster? Anthem Press: London, New York, Delhi, pp. 286