Dr. Michael Goodchild will give a talk at UNB Fredericton about Big Data at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, in Room HC25 in Head Hall.

The Big Data phenomenon offers great potential for analysis, gathering of intelligence, and prediction. In Dr. Goodchild’s lecture, How about the Quality of Big (geo)Data?, he will compare Big Data with the traditional data sources used by science, and discuss the ways in which Big Data may be useful.

Professor Michael Goodchild is one of the leaders in the area of geospatial analysis and geographic information science. He is emeritus professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He serves as editor of two journals and sits on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series.  He has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

The lecture will be free and open to the public. To arrange a media interview, contact Natasha Ashfield.

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