SIS/CIRRMT Workshop on Representing Human Information in GIS


School of Information Studies, CA, 3661 Peel, Rm. 106, Montreal, CA

The McGill School of Information Studies (SIS) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) Research Axis 4 (Multimodal immersive systems) are pleased to present a workshop on representation and visualization of human information in urban environments. 
This workshop explores ways to make meaningful representations of qualitative or more nuanced quantitative data, like quality of life measures, in GIS. Such representations could help urban designers and planners make better decisions about how to intervene in modalities where they do not have suitable knowledge or expertise.
The workshop will include a case study on soundscape, which is the idea that sound can be used as a resource rather than uniformly considered as noise. For example, how could I show that a particular urban location is generally considered as having a good soundscape for outdoor dining, and could even be improved by encouraging bird sounds or reducing traffic noise? Such a representation has to account for more complex contextual issues, like time-of-day, demographics, and activities.

  • Jaimie Cudmore, Department of Architecture, McGill University
  • Michal Czepkiewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland and Fulbright Visiting Scholar, San Diego State University
  • Milya Gabdrakhmanova, MArch, Lemay Architects, Montreal
  • Daniel Steele, CIRMMT, School of Information Studies, McGill University
This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required and is on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is limited (25 seats). For more information on the workshop and to complete the online registration form:


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