Tuesday, April 1, 2014

[Upcoming Event] Radiation mapping is too important to be left to experts: the role of maps in Japan after March 11, 2011


The Clark Library is happy to announce an upcoming event with Dr. Jean-Christophe Plantin. Dr. Plantin is a research fellow in LS&A’s Communication Studies Department and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Information. His main academic focus is the creation and use of participatory maps during public debates. According to Dr. Plantin, a tradition of ‘critical cartography” has highlighted that maps can either serve the interests of those in power, or empower those seeking social justice. This ambivalence of the cartography is present in contemporary web-based mapping application. 

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By using a variety of radiation maps, he will address the lack of information that occurred directly after the explosion of the the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on March 11, 2011. During his talk, Dr. Platin will focus on three points: how maps were used along with innovative initiatives to find radiation data; how mapmakers gathered and communicated online in this ad hoc crisis infrastructure; how maps were used to sort out different and possibly contradictory radiation measures and to make sense of the radiation situation in the country.

Dr. Plantin holds a master’s degrees from Université Paris VIII and from the European Graduate School, and a PhD from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France. He is currently teaching The Geospatial Web: Participatory maps, location-based services and citizen science (SI513/COM840) class at UMSI.    

The information of research conversation is as follows.

Date: April 7, 2014, 1-2:30 pm
Location: Clark Library Instructional Space, Hatcher South 2nd floor.
Light refreshment will be served.

This event is supported by the Clark Library and Asia Library.