Geovisualization is the science and art of visualizing and interpreting spatial information. By fostering artistic expression through geospatial design, GIS can prove to be a future asset for the scientific education field -- by displaying scientific information in the geospatial sciences. This poster demonstrates an alternative proactive pedagogical tactic for librarians embedding themselves into geospatial technologies curriculum by teaching spatial information literacy and student geospatial artwork. Two geospatial classes have used geospatial software to generate art as a means to explore the visual attributes of data and to experiment with new algorithms and methods uncommonly used by students. The primary aim of the pedagogical methods employed was to simultaneously increase the interest, creativity and geographic skills among science university students while increasing the arts-based engagement from the community.
Assistant Professor, Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian, University Libraries, University of New Hampshire, United States
Hannah Hamalainen is the Assistant Professor, Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of expertise include science communication and information and data literacy, with research looking at communities doing crisis mapping in response to disasters -- particularly in libraries.