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									Summer 2000                                                                          Volume 2000.1

              QMRG Newsletter
Quantitative Methods Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers

 1. Editorial                                              2. Message from the Chair
                                                          (Leeds) and Chris Lloyd (Queens Belfast) and onto
         Friday evening at the pub in Durham with
                                                          the committee at the AGM in Brighton this year, and
the geo-lads. On the one side, highly regarded
                                                          our thanks go to Steve Anthony, Pete Atkinson,
Prof. of Quantitative Geography, on the other side
                                                          Kelvyn Jones and Nick Tate whose periods of office
equally respected Head of top Geography
                                                          ended at that meeting. As you will note, four
Department. The empty pints are stacking and the
                                                          members were replaced by three, and there will be
debate is warming. In short, the argument seems to
                                                          further vacancies, including the chair and secretary,
be whether it is wise for academics to engage in
                                                          at the AGM in 2001. Considering the breadth and
consultancy practices or if we should concentrate
                                                          volume of current activity in GISRUK, Geo-
and excel in what we are good at, i.e. fundamental
                                                          Computation and the new GIScience meetings, as
research and teaching. The discussion is concerned
                                                          well as in more applied quantitative areas, there is
mainly with “quantitative” geographers, rather than
                                                          perhaps a need for the group to take a more
colleagues from other parts of the discipline.
                                                          proactive role in some of these arenas, and to
         There evolves a paradoxical situation in
                                                          embrace some of these new communities more
whatever we term today “quantitative” geography.
                                                          directly. There have even been suggestions that we
Like Business and IT departments, we produce
                                                          should hold our major sessions at one of these
graduates in high demand from the industry. Our
                                                          meetings if members are more likely to be found
technically skilled students find prosperous jobs or
                                                          there than at the RGS-IBG conference! If you have
simply set up their own GI businesses. Unlike IT
                                                          views on these issues and would like to influence
and Business, however, Geography departments do
                                                          what happens next, then why not consider standing
not seem to prosper from the demand of our
                                                          for one of the forthcoming positions.
discipline. Simply put, the multi-million GI market
                                                                    By the time you read this, a formal proposal
that we promote to our students does not seem to
                                                          will have been submitted to Sage for the publication
have found its way back to Universities. The effect
                                                          of the CATMOG series. The proposal is basically in
is, as we all know, the lack of quantitative
                                                          keeping with the outline presented in the last issue
geographers to carry out the research and teaching
                                                          of the newsletter, and includes the appointment of a
within our Departments. We struggle to equip
                                                          new international editorial board, for which potential
students with the skills in demand and then we lose
                                                          members are being approached as I write. Our
them! Why is this the case, then? Part of the
                                                          objective is that the rejuvenated series should cover
answer is hidden in the arguments of the above two
                                                          concepts and techniques in all fields of geography,
academics. “Would you give a PhD to someone
                                                          and not just quantitative methods. CATMOGs have
applying a regression model to a bunch of data?”
                                                          played a very important role in raising the profile of
asked the Prof. The Head agreed this would be
                                                          the group since 1975, and the series identity and
academically unsound; academics are expected to
                                                          association with the group will be maintained under
push the boundaries of knowledge and come up
with exciting new methods.           But then, “would
anyone know about spatial interaction modelling, if                           Contents
it was not for applied research?” It seems to me
that quantitative geography is entering yet another         1       Editorial
era: we need to open up to the challenges in the            2       Message from the Chair
society, yet retain our academic integrity. I hope my
involvement to the QMRG contributes towards this.           3       Proposed QMRG Constitution
         In this first editorial, I would like to thank     4       QMRG AGM 2000 – Minutes
Nick Tate, the outgoing editor, for his help with
designing this issue, as well as all those who              5       QMRG Committee 2000-2001
contributed material. I also wish to thank the Group        6       Articles and Reports
for electing me as the Newsletter editor; I hope to
maintain the standard that was handed over to me.           7       QMRG @ RGS-IBG 2001
   Seraphim Alvanides (
                                                            8       Forthcoming Events
 Department of Geography, University of Newcastle           9       Events at a Glance
       It was very good to be able to welcome             QMRG
Seraphim Alvanides (Newcastle), Danny Dorling
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the new arrangements. The new arrangements will          3. Proposed QMRG Constitution
                                                             Proposed Constitution 1 June 2000
make the series more attractive to authors, and
                                                         1. The group shall be known as the Quantitative
more accessible to users. Some of the most recent
                                                             Methods Research Group, which may be
CATMOGs will be included in the Sage catalogue,
                                                             abbreviated to QMRG.
but it is planned that much of the stock of early
CATMOGs will be offered for sale at clearance            2. The aim of the Group is to further research and
prices at the 2001 RGS-IBG conference, as the                education in all aspects of quantitative and
current distribution system is not sustainable.              computer methods in geography.
           A final issue of importance is the group's    3. The Research Group is a ‘branch’ of the Royal
constitution. As outlined in last year's newsletter,         Geographical Society (with The Institute of
the RGS-IBG is asking all research groups to adopt           British Geographers) and must satisfy the aims
new constitutions in line with the centrally provided        and policies of the Society, including Equal
model. The current QMRG constitution requires                Opportunity policy, and the legal and Charity
amendments covering equal opportunities policy,              Commissioner requirements. The Research
charity commissioner requirements, financial                 Group must deliver an Annual Report and
reporting, election and periods of office of                 statement of accounts to the Society
committee members and the termination of                     demonstrating that these aims and policies are
research groups (NOT one of our current                      being adhered to.
objectives!).       Nevertheless, the proposed new       4. Membership of the QMRG shall be open to all
constitution, based on the centrally-provided model          Fellows (including Associate Fellows) of the
is rather simpler and less contorted than the                Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute
existing one, and I include it here for your                 of British Geographers) who elect to join the
discussion and approval: this is a QMRG-specific             Research Group, but shall never be less than
version of the very general model included in the            30. Membership of the QMRG will be free of
last newsletter. Members may wish to note that               charge, or for those who are already a member
clauses 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are drawn directly           of two further Research Groups, for an
from the RGS-IBG model constitution. The other               additional fee as may from time to time be
clauses require amendments which are specific to             determined by the QMRG AGM. This additional
each group. Clause 2 is drawn from the group's               fee is collected with annual Fellowship
existing constitution. Clause 4 allows for the level         subscriptions. Other interested persons who
of subscription to be amended by the group's AGM,            are not Fellows of the RGS-IBG may join the
which avoids the need to enshrine a particular               QMRG for an additional fee as may from time to
membership fee in the constitution itself, and clause        time be determined by the QMRG AGM which
5 specifies the composition of the committee. The            will be collected separately by the QMRG.
QMRG committee has traditionally combined the
                                                         5. The business of the QMRG shall be conducted
role of secretary and treasurer, and identified a
                                                             by a Committee of no less than 4 members.
named CATMOG editor, a position which will still be
                                                             Specified roles within the Committee include
required under the new arrangements with SAGE.
                                                             the following:Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer,
Our existing constitution specifies a larger
                                                             CATMOG editor and Newsletter editor. Each of
committee, but in recent years there have been
                                                             these roles shall be undertaken by elected
difficulties in filling all the posts (see above), and
                                                             Fellows of the RGS-IBG. The Committee will
the concept of a minimum of 4 core members and
                                                             have the power to co-opt up to two members.
up to 2 co-opted members (for example, a
                                                             The majority of the Committee must be Fellows
postgraduate member and someone who is running
                                                             of the RGS-IBG.
a mid-year meeting on behalf of the group) would
appear to be a much more flexible arrangement.           6. The offices of Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and
We shall need to vote on acceptance of this new              other committee members shall be for three
constitution at the AGM in Plymouth in January next          years. Committee members may stand for a
year, and I am therefore requesting feedback and             second term of three years, but must relinquish
suggestions by October 31 in order that any                  their post after the sixth year of office.
necessary revisions may be incorporated and              7. Elections to the Committee will be held at the
circulated to members well before Christmas.                 Annual General Meeting. Members will be
                                                             informed in writing 30 days prior to the AGM of
                                        David Martin
                                                             all vacancies to be filled. Nominations for
                          Department of Geography
                                                             Committee membership will be accepted up to
                          University of Southampton
                                                             the beginning of the AGM. They must be in
                                                             writing and include the names of the proposer
                                                             and seconder.
                                                         8. The Annual General Meeting shall be held at
                                                             the Annual Conference in January. The QMRG
Quantitative Methods Research Group                          shall present an Annual Report and Statement
                                                             of Accounts to the RGS-IBG as requested, and
                                                             normally by 31st January each year.
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9.  The constitution can be changed only by two-       David Martin was happy to act as co-convenor or
    thirds majority vote of those present at an        QMRG representative as required.
    Annual General Meeting, provided that the             The European Colloquium hosted at Durham
    membership has been individually notified of       had been a major activity of the group in 1999, and
    the proposed changes in writing or by email at     thanks were extended to the organizing committee.
    least 30 days in advance. Research Group           The next European meeting would be in France in
    constitutions that have been altered by the        2001.
    AGM of the Research Group should then be
    submitted for approval by the Research             5) Secretary/Treasurer's Report
    Committee of the RGS-IBG at their next                 Draft written reports on QMRG activities and
    meeting.                                           finances were received from Nina Bullen. These
                                                       were approved by the meeting, and will go forward
10. The activities of the research groups should not   to RGS-IBG at the end of January, when the
    contravene the aims of the Royal geographical      December income and expenditure have been
    Society (with the Institute of British             included. The group has continued to benefit from
    Geographers). The QMRG may be terminated           substantial royalty payments from Flowerdew and
    only in accordance with the rules of the RGS-      Martin (eds).
 Please send comments by 31st October to the           6) CATMOG Editor's Report
   QMRG Chairman:                   Discussion centred around the proposed
                                                       partnership with Sage for the future publication and
                                                       dissemination of the CATMOGs series.              The
                                                       proposals had been set out in the QMRG December
                                                       1999 Newsletter, and informal feedback received
       Minutes of the QMRG AGM                         had been positive. Group members expressed
 5th January 2000, University of Sussex                concern that the series retain its identity and QMRG
                                                       retain editorial control, but the meeting was happy
1) Apologies for absence                               for David Martin, Andrew Lovett and Christine Dunn
   Apologies were received from Phil Rees, Nina        to proceed with the proposed arrangements with
Bullen, David Unwin, Andrew Lovett, Stewart            Sage on behalf of the group. It was again agreed
Fotheringham and Seraphim Alvanides                    that the current informal commissioning, production
 4. QMRG AGM 2000 - Minutes
                                                       and marketing arrangements were unsustainable.
2) Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 1999
   The minutes were approved [as published in the      7) Newsletter Editor's Report
QMRG Newsletter in December 1999, vol.1999.2]              With the change of Editor there is a need to
                                                       review the location and content of the website.
3) Matters arising from the minutes
   There were no matters arising                       8) Elections to the Committee
                                                        Seraphim Alvanides (Newcastle upon Tyne)
4) Chairperson's Report
                                                           was elected to the position of Newsletter editor,
    David Martin reported the proposals discussed
                                                           replacing Nick Tate
at the Research Groups Sub-Committee concerning
                                                        Chris Lloyd (Queens Belfast) was elected as an
the recommended changes to research group
                                                           ordinary committee member to replace Pete
constitutions. The template for research group
constitutions had been published in the QMRG
December 1999 Newsletter for discussion.                Danny Dorling (Leeds) was elected as an
Concerns were raised about the issue of setting            ordinary member to replace Kelvyn Jones
quora for research group AGMs, and the size and         Christine Dunn is to stay on as CATMOG editor
composition of committees, although in general it          for a further year while the current
was felt that QMRG would have little difficulty in         arrangements with Sage were finalised: this
adopting a constitution close to that recommended          was approved, with thanks.
in the template provided.       Subject to informal     Steve Anthony's period of office ended at this
discussion and feedback during the year, any               meeting and there was no nomination to
proposed change would need to be notified to               replace him.
members via the newsletter during 2000 and             9) Any other business
brought to a vote at the 2001 AGM.                         It was noted that both the current Chair and
    In response to a call for proposals for meetings   Secretary of the Group will reach the end of their
mid-year and sessions at the 2001 Annual               terms of office at the 2001 AGM. There is a
Conference, Graham Clarke offered to convene a         continuing difficulty in getting new people to stand
full day session entitled 'Quantitative Geography in   for the committee and to take on organization of
Business and Commerce' at the 2001 conference.         conference sessions and mid-year meetings.
Humprey Southall (Historical Geography Research            Attendance at the AGM continues to be poor.
Group) is to convene a session entitled '200 years     This is not because the group is small or members
of the Census' and invited participation by QMRG       are inactive, but to some degree reflects the
and the Population Geography Research Group.           timing/locations of the Annual Conference: there are
                                                       other meetings during the year such as GISRUK
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and GeoComputation at which there is stronger         Fax:    +44 (0)113 233 3308
QMRG representation than the RGS-IBG Annual           E-mail:
Conference. There was some discussion as to           Web:
whether QMRG meetings should be held at these
                                                      Dr Chris Lloyd (Ordinary)
conferences instead.
                                                      School of Geography
     The issue was again raised as to whether the
                                                      The Queen's University of Belfast
group should more actively embrace the GIS
                                                      Belfast BT7 1NN, N. IRELAND
community by (e.g.) a change of name and/or focus,
                                                      Tel:     +44 (0)1232 273 478
which may particularly attract new and postgraduate
                                                      Fax:     +44 (0)1232 321 280
members, although it was felt that there are
difficulties when conferences such as GISRUK are
already so well-established.
                Nina Bullen (
                    MIMAS, Manchester Computing                Using Numeric Datasets
                           University of Manchester
                                                              in Learning and Teaching
                                                                 An enquiry into the use of numeric data in
Prof. David Martin (Chair, until January 2001)        learning and teaching has been launched with
Department of Geography                               broad-based collaboration across UK Higher
University of Southampton, Highfield,                 Education. The project is one of a number of new
Southampton SO17 1BJ, ENGLAND                         initiatives funded by JISC (Joint Information
Tel:     +44 (0)1703 593808                           Systems Committee) under a new programme on
Fax:     +44 (0)1703 593729                           the theme of Learning and Teaching.
E-mail:                                   The project partners are made up of a
Web:                group of national academic data providers and local
                                                      6. Articles services: The
                                                      data supportand Reports British Library of Political
Dr Nina Bullen (Secretary, until January 2001)        and Economic Science at the London School of
MIMAS, Manchester Computing                           Economics, The Data Archive, EDINA, Edinburgh
University of Manchester, Oxford Road                 University Data Library, and MIMAS. Additionally,
 5. QMRG Committee 2000-2001
Manchester M13 9PL, ENGLAND                           the project is supported by a Task Force on the Use
Tel:     +44 (0)161 275 6967                          of Numeric Data in Learning and Teaching made up
Fax:     +44 (0)161 275 6040                          of experienced teachers and researchers in the
E-mail:                            Social Sciences and beyond.
Dr Christine Dunn (CATMOG Editor, until 2001)                    The project is currently undertaking a
Department of Geography,                              sample survey of departments to determine the
University of Durham, South Road                      extent of use of nationally available quantitative
Durham DH1 3LE, ENGLAND                               datasets such as censuses, surveys, and geo-
Tel:     +44 (0)191 374 2491                          referencing data. The survey also seeks to shed
Fax:     +44 (0)191 374 2456                          light on the nature of barriers encountered in the
E-Mail:                         classroom and in student projects to successfully
                                                      making use of these resources. The responses will
Dr Seraphim Alvanides (Newsletter Editor)             be collected over the summer and analysed by the
Department of Geography                               Task Force in the Fall.
University of Newcastle upon Tyne                                These findings will be supplemented with
Newcastle NE1 7RU, ENGLAND                            case studies in a number of disciplines, which will
Tel:     +44 (0)191 222 6436                          provide examples of how empirical data can be
Fax:     +44 (0)191 222 5421                          specifically introduced into learning environments.
E-mail:                   The case studies can also uncover more detail
Web:          about the problems that tend to be encountered
Dr Graham Clarke (Ordinary)                           when using datasets for learning and teaching, such
School of Geography                                   as registration procedures, data formats, or lack of
University of Leeds                                   local support.
Leeds LS2 9JT, ENGLAND                                           The results of the enquiry will be written
Tel:     +44 (0)113 233 3323                          into     a    project   report   for   June,   2001.
Fax:     +44 (0)113 233 3308                          Recommendations will be made to JISC, to the
E-mail:                     national data service providers, and to universities
Web:      about ways to enhance and promote the use of
                                                      numeric data in learning and teaching.
Prof. Danny Dorling (Ordinary)                                   In an attempt to broaden participation
School of Geography                                   further, an open forum email discussion list has
University of Leeds                                   been established by project partners on Mailbase.
Leeds LS2 9JT, ENGLAND                                Participants are encouraged to post their opinions
Tel:     +44 (0)113 233 3347                          about using datasets in this context, and even to
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request help with specific problems in the use of                  The annual GEOIDE conference is the
data. To subscribe to the open forum, send a            place where research from each of the projects is
message to with the             presented a wide audience consisting of
message: join datateach <firstname lastname>.           academics, government representatives and those
         Naturally, the project has a website to        having purely commercial interests. Hence, there is
which new developments will be added as the             quite a heady mix of papers presented over the two
project progresses. Current content includes an         day conference. Because the network is still young
introduction, project goals, participants, and          (not quite two years old), some of the papers are
milestones. Links to relevant resources will be         still at the level of “what we intend to do” but these
added over the summer. The URL to bookmark is:          are likely to diminish in quantity as time progresses.         They will not entirely die out, however, as the
                                                        network is continually adding new projects as others
                                       Robin Rice       are completed. Other papers are much more “the
                  Edinburgh University Data Library     finished article” with research reported on an
      -       excitingly wide variety of topics related to spatial
                                                        data. Still others are geared at the private sector
                                                        with software products being developed for which it
     2nd Annual GEOIDE Conference                       is hoped there is a commercial market.
     25-26 May 2000, Calgary, Canada                               The next GEOIDE annual conference will
                                                        be in June 2001 in Frederickton, New Brunswick.
         Distance-decay is a process underlying         For those interested in further details of this
many spatial patterns and it manifests itself in a      conference and of the GEOIDE network in general,
multitude of ways. These range from the more            the following web site will be of interest:
obvious, such as retail outlets having spatially
limited catchment areas and the survival of plays,
                                                                                  Stewart Fotheringham
circuses, etc. depending upon their itinerant nature,
to the less obvious, such as the existence of an         Department of Geography, University of Newcastle
annual GEOIDE conference.                                      
         The proximity of Canada to the US means
that the draw of the US dollar to Canadian
researchers is potentially very powerful and the             8th Annual GISRUK Conference
Canadian Government is sensitive to an academic              5-7 April 2000, University of York
and commercial brain drain that would be highly
detrimental to the long-term economic vitality of the            Naturally, we didn’t read any of the
country. Rather than choose to ignore the problem,      conference blurb until the day beforehand. Martin
the Canadian government has embarked on a               found a comfortable seat on one of TransPennine’s
series of measures to stem the brain drain to the       multiple units from Newcastle to York.         Chris
US. One way it has done this is to create a             already in York due to Young Researcher’s bash
National Centres of Excellence (NCE) programme          the evening before. “…on your arrival please use
in which large amounts of money are available to        Car Park C. If you are resident in Vanbrugh College
successful bids in key areas. GEOIDE represents         you will be asked to leave your car in either Car
one such successful bid and is aimed at reinforcing     Park C or Car Park B” etc. Martin mortgages a cup
Canadian strength in geographical information           of coffee on the train, reaching the important bit
processing. GEOIDE itself stands for “Geomatics         “…your registration does not include lunch on
for Informed Decisions” although the word               Wednesday 5 April.”
“geomatics” is used in a very broad sense and                    Martin arrives at Vanbrugh College and
includes GIS and geographical analysis.                 joins lengthy queue to obtain conference Bumper
         GEOIDE’s annual budget is around 10            Fun Pack and, more important, a room key. Some
million Canadian dollars and the programme can          old faces amongst those queuing and one or two
run for up to 14 years, subject to a series of          newer ones. Martin has been billeted in James
reviews. It brings together researchers from across     College, somewhere near Car Park F. Gets lost
the country and from a wide variety of disciplines,     finding room; ducks; everywhere… Martin finds
united in an interest in geoinformation processing.     room eventually. Retraces steps and returns to
It is set up in a manner not too dissimilar to the      Vanbrugh having left the campus map and most of
NCGIA model with a series of research initiatives, of   the conference blurb in room. Chris plus some
which there are currently over 20. These range          hung over looking Young Researchers start
from projects heavily into scientific methods of data   appearing so Martin follows them in the direction of
collection to more social science orientated projects   non-included lunch. Familiar faces, gentle banter;
to do with data analysis, statistical methodology,      GISRUK is under way.
GIS and mathematical modelling.           There are              At this point we have a confession to make.
projects in different areas such as coastal             We forwent the pleasure of the opening Plenary, to
management, transportation, health, retailing and       venture towards Heslington village and stimulating
natural resources.                                      conversation with some GISRUK stalwarts over a
                                                        few jars. Return in time for late afternoon paper
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              @ RGS-IBG in Heslington then back
  7. QMRGBack to pub 2001
again for dinner in Vanbrugh. The Reception                      I had gone to a previous forum, two years
following, hosted by Computers, Environment and        before when Edinburgh hosted GISRUK back in
Urban Systems is accompanied by a demonstration        1998. I was just starting my research then, so
of cheese-making. Hmmm, Wensleydale Blue is            travelling down to York this time I wondered how
remarkably pleasant… Remember that we are here         worthwhile and different this forum would be. We
for a conference on GIS Research. Then go back         all met up late that afternoon, got the introductions
to pub in Heslington.                                  done and started on the first session. There were
         OK, now for the serious stuff. The papers     around fifteen or so of us (the young researchers)
this year were wide ranging… Environmental             and five mentors (Colin Maclean, Dave Unwin,
Modelling ran into three sessions; Socio-              Chris Brunsdon, Scott Orford & Waldo Tobler).
Economic/Urban Modelling, Computing Issues,            From the introductions it was clear there was our
Remote Sensing, Visualisation, and Spatial             research interests were quite varied, ranging from
Analysis ran over two sessions each; single            the ‘Techies’ (computers and equations are
sessions were devoted to Spatial Decision Support      wonderful) to those who needed some spatial
Systems, Cartography/DTMs & Generalisation,            analysis but possibly, for only a minor part of their
Internet GIS, and Cultural Heritage GIS. In a          studies.     Many different academic departments
conference with parallel sessions the question of      were represented and there was a good spread of
what to go to is always a thorny one. You can’t go     researchers at different stages in their research.
them all, so it’s a trade-off between ‘Exploring                 We had three or four different sessions
Spatial Data with Dominant Attribute Map and           over the two days; issues such as software,
Parallel Coordinates’ and ‘The Analysis of             hardware, programming languages, spatial analysis,
Autocorrelated Distribution Atlas Data’, or between    spatial statistics, training, publications and
‘The Use of the Internet to Facilitate Stakeholder     supervisors were discussed. Often we split up into
Dialogue’ and the intriguingly titled ‘So, How Many    smaller groups to discuss a certain topic then report
had to Die, Dr Snow?’                                  back our findings to the whole forum, this was good
         The morning after the conference dinner is    at giving everyone a chance to air their views. Not
always a challenging slot. It’s a comment on the       only were pearls of wisdom gleamed from our
constitutions of the GISRUK participants that those    mentors (who were only too willing to answer our
who made it to the 9 am sessions were well             questions and to help), but much was gained from
rewarded. Again we were faced with hard choices:       talking and discussing ideas with the other young
“Spatial Analysis 2” – “Computing issues 3” was not    researchers. In all the forum was friendly, relaxed
the result of a GISRUK five-a-side match but the       and informative, dispelling any doubts that I had
choice of sessions at 9 am. We opted for the           beforehand about its worth.
Computing Issues – generally more good stuff, up
                                                                  Paul Haris (
to the usual high GISRUK standard.
         The closing Plenary took place in the Lyons       Department of Geography, University of Newcastle
Concert Hall.       Waldo Tobler’s contribution to
geography has been enormous, and it was a
pleasure to be able to listen to his presentation
entitled ‘Experiments in Modeling Global Trade’.       QMRG Sessions at the RGS-IBG 2001
Aims, objectives, learning outcomes, PowerPoint,       2-5 January 2001, University of Plymouth
and all the fashionable lecturing nostrums were cast
aside for an engrossing address on his research        Call and further information:
interests over the last 25 years.            
         Suddenly it was all over, but not before      ography/rgs.htm
Mark Lonergan had provided a persuasive invitation
                                                            Quantitative Geography in Business
to GISRUK 2001 at the University of Glamorgan.
The organisation was unobtrusive and smooth;                 and Commerce
Peter Halls and his team carried out the unenviable    Call for abstracts and papers
task to ensuring that what went on behind the          There are two main themes for this QMRG session.
scenes to make it all work remained there. David       The first one, entitled ‘Applied GIS and Spatial
Kidner and Gary Higgs have a hard act to follow in     Modelling’ focuses on research sponsored by
2001, although we feel sure they won’t let us down.    business and Government applications: in other
              Martin Charlton & Chris Brunsdon         words, monies earned from the public or private
 Department of Geography, University of Newcastle      sector which has not come from a traditional
                    research grant. This would show the usefulness of
                     GIS and modelling to many outside organisations.
                                                       For the second theme, entitled ‘Planning Support
                                                       Systems in Practice’ we are seeking contributions
  Regional Research Laboratories                       relating to PSS that are dedicated to handling geo-
                                                       information in an automated way, that encompass
( Young Researcher’s Forum                     new computer technologies but which are currently
      4 April 2000, University of York                 used by planners in either the public or private
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sector. We hope to publish two volumes based on           8. public sectors. In short the GI industry has
                                                          the Forthcoming Events
these sessions and other invited papers, so please        moved from promise towards delivery.
also get in touch if you are interested in contributing        The theme of the conference reflects the
a paper to the volume, but do not intend to attend        blurring of the boundaries between the private and
the RGS-IBG conference.                                   the public sectors. Under the close scrutiny of a
                                                          range of auditors, governments are increasingly
Abstracts and paper proposals should be submitted
                                                          behaving as though they were private companies.
by September 2000 to the convenors:                       Accountability is enforced through budget centres
    Dr Graham Clarke (            each of which must show that they are delivering
    and Dr John Stillwell (         best value to their customers. On the other hand
           School of Geography, University of Leeds       the private sector is becoming increasingly involved
                                Leeds LS2 9JT, UK         in the delivery of a wide range of government
                                                          services and needs to re-think its operations to
    200 Years of the Census                              meet the needs and aspirations of citizens rather
                                                          than customers. For these two sets of converging
(joint session with the Historical Geography and
                                                          changes to provide the most effective set of
the Population Geography Research Groups)
                                                          services for the country as a whole, it is necessary
Call for abstracts                                        for the GI community to consider how it is adding
This joint session is to mark the 200th anniversary       value. The analogy between the country and its
of the census of population on 10th March 2001. It        citizens, and a company with customers and
is an opportunity to look not only at the history of      shareholders has never been more appropriate.
census-gathering, but also at the change in the
census theory and practice. Papers are invited            Further information:
addressing methodological problems and solutions
including, but not limited to: changing census
geographies and the cases for and against the
census, as well as current concerns about privacy,        ERS – ENVISAT Symposium
confidentiality and census costs.
                                                          16-20 October 2000, Gothenburg, Sewden
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to
Dr Humphrey Southall by September 2000                         ESA continues to support the development of
                                                          Earth Observation along the following main three
               Convenor: Dr Humphrey Southall             lines:
Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth          Science & Methodology
               Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE
                                                           Development of Applications / Public Services
                                                           Development of the commercial market for EO-
                                                               based Services
                                                               The fourth Scientific Symposium - jointly hosted
                                                          by ESA and Chalmers University of Technology - is
MIMAS Courses - Autumn 2000                               meant to cover both the ERS and Envisat missions.
                                                               The Symposium is open to all interested
MIMAS Courses (September 2000 to January 2001)            parties, from scientists to operational commercial
are available for booking. The MIMAS Courses Web          users and service providers. It will offer an
pages give full information regarding these courses       opportunity to appraise the current status of ERS
(times, course content etc.)                              applications and to explore future applications of
Further information:
                                                          Further information:

AGI 2000 Annual Conference                                GIScience 2000
26-28 September, London, UK
                                                          First International Conference on
     This year’s AGI conference ‘Geographic               Geographic Information Science
Information supporting UK plc - Integrating business      28-31 October, Savannah, Georgia, USA
management’ at GIS 2000 will be held at Earl's
Court, London and will reflect the extent to which            The maturing field of geographic information
Geographic Information (GI) has taken centre stage        science (GIScience) needs a unifying research
over the last year. Governments at national,              conference series, which brings together scientists
regional and local levels have launched aggressive        from academia, industry, and government to
modernisation agendas with very tough deadlines           analyze progress and to explore new research
for the electronic delivery of services. This has         directions. GIScience 2000, the First International
energised the GI community in both the private and        Conference on Geographic Information Science, will
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focus on emerging topics and basic research                    Other themes: GIS/GPS; Internet/Web; Physics
findings across all sectors of geographic information           and Thematic Mapping; Biosphere Monitoring;
science. The conference program aims to attract                 Marine Environment; Photogrammetry; Digital
leading GIScience researchers from all fields to                Image Processing; Satellite missions and Very
reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of GIScience,             High Resolution Data; Global Issues.
including cognitive science, computer science,
engineering, geography, information science,                Further information:
mathematics, philosophy, psychology, social
science, and statistics.
                                                            XII Meeting of the European Working
Further information:
                                                            Group on Locational Analysis
                                                            14-17 December 2000, Barcelona, Spain
Postgraduate Forum RGS-IBG
                                                                We invite participation from all related areas in
4 November 2000, Durham, UK                                 location theory and modelling from operations
                                                            research, economics, mathematics and engineering
     This one-day event builds on the success of            in both the academic and business world. The
last year's conference, held in London, with the aim        meeting will cover both quantitative and qualitative
of providing an opportunity for postgraduate                methods for location theory and modelling. Please
geography students to present their ideas in a "non-        submit paper title and authors by 20th September to
threatening" environment. Some students may be              Prof. Daniel Serra (
presenting for the first time and will find this a useful   Abstract submission deadline: 15th November
forum. In addition the conference provides the
opportunity to meet with students from across the                                                Daniel Serra
discipline to share ideas and experiences. It should                        Departament d'Economia i Empresa
be particularly useful for students just starting, or                               Universitat Pompeu Fabra
thinking of undertaking, geographical research.                           
Sessions will be loosely based around the following         Further information:
topics: remote sensing; environmental studies;    
glaciology/ quaternary studies; social and economic
geography; cultural and historic geography;
                                                            Workshop on Migration Analysis
research experiences.                                       9-10 January, 2000 (provisional date)
     The cost of attendance will be £7.00 (including        NE.RRL, University of Newcastle, UK
lunch). The day will also include an evening social
event sponsored by the PGF. There may be a                       Continuing an informal series of successful
limited number of travel bursaries (more details            workshop events — the most recent of which was
available at a later stage). For application forms and      hosted by Lancaster University in 1998 — the
updated information check the conference web site           NorthEast Regional Research Laboratory (NE.RRL)
or contact: Amanda Smith (PGF Seminar                       at Newcastle University are inviting participation at
Convenor), Department of Geography, University of           a Workshop on Migration Analysis (WoMA). The
Durham, Science Labs, South Road, Durham DH1                location would be Newcastle and the proposed
3LE, Tel: 0191 3747551,              dates are January 9 and 10 2001 (the week
                                                            following the RGS-IBG conference)
Further information:                                             The theme of migration analysis opens up                     WoMA to a wide range of researchers (as illustrated
                                                            by the diverse interests of Stewart Fotheringham
                                                            and Tony Champion from the Newcastle group
International Conference on Remote                          itself). As with the previous workshops, the core
Sensing and GIS/GPS (ICORG-2000)                            idea is for presentations to be linked through the
                                                            analysis of a common dataset. The variety of
1-4 December 2000, Hyderabad, India                         research into migration suggests there may be
                                                            benefits from bringing together work at different
     ICORG 2000 is being organized by Faculty,              scales, so two linked datasets will be made
Research Scholars and M.Tech( Remote Sensing)               available on the WoMA website:
Students of the "Centre For Spatial Information
                                                             a GB-wide matrix of flows between all districts
Technology"- Jawaharlal Nehru Technological
                                                             a matrix of flows between wards in part of the
University at Hyderabad. The proposed papers
                                                                 South West region.
must address the Focal theme or one of the
following themes:
                                                                Both matrices will include a broad age
 Focal theme: Spatial Information Technology
                                                            breakdown, as well as the totals. These datasets
     for Disaster Management. All aspects of
                                                            provide suitable material for a wide range of
     forecast, warning, management covering pre
                                                            analyses, not only of interaction patterns but also of
     and post disaster issues concerned with earth,
                                                            more straightforward measures such as net
     environment and people
 9                                                                       QMRG Newsletter
migration.     At both district and ward scales,                                                Alan Murray
denominators for migration-rates — together with a                                  Department of Geography
range of potential explanatory variables — are of                                   The Ohio State University
course readily available from the Mimas databases.                           
     WoMA is intended to follow the plan of previous
Workshops by running from lunch-time to lunch-          GIS and Cartography Specialty Groups
time on consecutive days, with dinner and an
overnight stay in a pleasant local hotel included.      of the AAG
Sponsorship will be sought for the event; it is
already in place for participants from member           Remote sensing - GIS Integration
groups of (the Regional Research                     We hope to put together several sessions on
Laboratories network).                                  this issue that will stimulate discussions and lead to
     It would be of great help to NE.RRL to have an     an increased cross-fertilization of research ideas
early indication of likely participant numbers. Would   and work. Potential topics include, but are not
all who are interested in participating, at least in    limited to:
outline, please email Mike Coombes or Seraphim           Convergence of spatial analysis, GIS, and
Alvanides as soon as possible. Given a clearer               image processing
idea of the likely number of participants, a more        Impacts and integration of new sensor systems
formal invitation will be issued by the end of               (IKONOS, TERRA, LIDAR, RADAR)
September at the latest.                                 Technical and conceptual impediments to
                                                             GIS/RS integration
                               Mike Coombes and          New computer technologies that facilitate
                              Seraphim Alvanides             GIS/RS integration
                          Department of Geography        The rationale and mechanisms for GIS/RS
                            University of Newcastle          integration
                   Issues of accuracy, scale, and generalization
                    Remote sensing and GIS in support of
Annual Meeting of the Association                            modeling
of American Geographers                                  Remote sensing and GIS in support of science
                                                         Approaches to data fusion and data mining
27 Feb. - 2 March, 2001, New York, USA
                                                         Environmental applications
                                                         Socioeconomic applications
Call and further information:
                                                             Qihao’s deadline for receiving all application
                                                        materials (including registration form, fee and copy
                                                        of abstract): 15 August 2000.
Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM)                                                               Qihao Weng
Specialty Group of the AAG                                                           Department of Geography
                                                                                         University of Alabama
         Those interested in contributing individual                           
papers to a SAM sponsored session should contact
Alan Murray as soon as possible with a paper title      Vizualization
and abstract. The necessary forms and payment                 GISSG and CSG are once again organizing
(see the AAG web site) should be sent to him            sessions on visualization for the 2001 annual
before August 29, 2000 so that he has time to           meeting of the AAG in New York City. If you are
forward materials to the AAG by the September 1         interested in presenting a paper or illustrated paper
deadline.                                               (i.e., poster) on geographic visualization, please
     A number of sessions are currently being           contact Scott White (
organized. People wishing to participate in these       Posters would be presented in an illustrated paper
should contact the identified individuals:              session, in which presenters have 3-5 minutes to
 Population modeling and analysis (co-                 provide an oral summary of their research followed
     sponsored with the Population SG - contact         by one-on-one or small group discussions.
     Alan Murray at                                                          Scott White
 Measures of Agreement Between Maps                                                     Fort Lewis College
     (contact    Robert      Gilmore     Pontius  at                       
     Also, a number of SAM members have                 Spatialization
contributed and/or regularly contribute to poster            Sara Fabrikant and I are organizing a special
sessions at the AAG meeting. If there is enough         session on ‘Spatialization’ for the 2001 AAG
member interest, we could sponsor a SAM poster          Meeting, co-sponsored by the Cartography and GIS
session. Randy Jackson has offered coordinate a         specialty groups. The session will be devoted to
SAM poster session, so contact Randy                    research into the development of principles,
( as soon as possible if you         techniques and interfaces for non-geographic
are interested in participating.                        information vizualization. It will highlight the various
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ways in which geographers are contributing to this     meeting will take place on the main university site,
evolvingfield of research, including the following     and the conference themes are to be:
aspects:                                                Landscape (particularly linking physical and
 geographic notions, like scale or distance               human geography)
 cartographic techniques, like generalization or       Divided cities, divided communities
    map projections                                     Complexity and Chaos
 statistical tools for information mapping, like       Migration
    MDS or SOM                                             There would appear to be plenty of scope here
 spatialized interfaces for data mining and           for some interesting quantitative sessions. The
    knowledge discovery                                conference will run from Wednesday January 2nd to
 spatial metaphors for interaction with non-          Saturday 5th (with field excursions on Sunday 6th).
    geographic information
 adoption of GIS data models for spatialization       Further information:
    If you would like to participate in this special
session, please submit: the program participation
form, the participation fee and an abstract to Andre   Neither the Editor nor the QMRG Committee
Skupin ( ) by August 23.                necessarily agree with the views and opinions
                                       Andre Skupin    expressed by individuals in conference reports or
                           Department of Geography     other contributions, or assume responsibility for the
                           University of New Orleans   accuracy of other items included in this Newsletter.

GIS Research UK 2001
18-20 April 2001, Glamorgan, Wales, UK

     Following the success of earlier conferences in
this series, the Steering & Local Organising
Committees have pleasure in announcing the 9th
annual GIS Research Conference (GISRUK 2001).
     The     GISRUK       series    builds   on   an
interdisciplinary foundation, and regularly draws
participants from most of the disciplines which make
up the field of GIS, including Computer Science,
Geography, Surveying, Environmental Science,
Engineering, Geomatics, Remote Sensing and
Archaeology. The conference programme will reflect
this diversity.
     GISRUK 2001 is a joint venture between the
University of Glamorgan and Cardiff University. The
conference will be staged at the Glamorgan
Business Centre on the main University of
Glamorgan campus in Treforest, near Pontypridd.
This is situated about 12 miles north of Cardiff and
is adjacent to Treforest railway station.
Key dates
Extended abstracts:             18 December 2000
Notification of Acceptance:       26 January 2001
Receipt of Full Papers:              20 April 2001
Contact: Dr David Kidner (
Further information:

Advance notice!
RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2002
2-5 January 2002, Belfast, N.Ireland, UK

    The Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG will be
held at the Queen's University of Belfast and
organised by the School of Geography.       The
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9. Events at a glance:

                                Events at a glance 2000

August 23-25             5th International Conference on GeoComputation, University of Greenwich,
                         Medway Campus, Kent, UK

August 30 -              40th European Congress of the Regional Science Association International
September 2              (RSAI), Barcelona, Spain

September 2-8            GIS/EM 4th International Conference on Integrating GIS and
                         Environmental Modelling, The Banff Centre for Conferences, Canada

September 5-6            RGS-IBG Population Geography Research Group Conference on (Re)theorising
                         Population Geography, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

September 6-8            RSAI British & Irish Section, 31st Annual Conference, Bath, UK

September 11-15          UDMS 2000 - 22nd Urban and Regional Data Management Symposium,
                         Congress Centre Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

September 12-14          26th Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, Leicester, UK

September 22-27          Geographical Domain and Information Systems, EuroConference on Ontology
                         and Epistemology for Spatial Data Standards, La Londe-les-Maures, France

September 26-28          Association for Geographic Information 2000 Conference, London, UK

October 16-20            ERS-ENVISAT Symposium, Looking at our Earth in the New Millenium,
                         Gothenburg, Sweden

October 28-31            GIScience 2000 – 1st International Conference, Savannah Marriott
                         Riverfront, Georgia, USA

November 4               RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Conference, University of Durham, UK

December 1-4             ICORG 2000 – International Conference on Remote Sensing and GIS/GPS,
                         Hyderabad, India   

December 14-17           12th Meeting of the European Working Group on Locational Analysis,
                         Barcelona, Spain   
                                  Events at a glance 2001
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Events shown in bold are either being organised/sponsored by the QMRG or will involve research
group participation. Further details are provided in Sections 7 & 8 of this (and previous) Newsletter.

January 2-5              2001 Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG, University of Plymouth, UK
                            Quantitative geography in business and commerce (QMRG)
                              Contact: Graham Clarke (
                                     or: John Stillwell (

                            200 years of the census (joint QMRG, HGRG & PGRG)
                               Contact: Humphrey Southall (

January 9-10             Workshop on Migration Analysis, NorthEast Regional Research Laboratory
(provisional)            University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
                         Contact: or

April 4-8                Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, USA
                         General site:
                            Population modeling and analysis (joint Population &
                               Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Groups)
                               Contact: Alan Murray (
                            Measures of Agreement Between Maps (SAM Specialty Group)
                              Contact: Robert Gilmore Pontius (

                            Remote Sensing - GIS Integration (GIS Specialty Group)
                               Contact: Qihao Weng (

                            Vizualization (joint GIS & Cartography Specialty Groups)
                               Contact: Scott White (

                            Spatialization (joint Cartography & GIS Specialty Groups)
                               Contact: Andre Skupin (

April 18-20              GISRUK’2001-9th Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

June 20-23               GEOIDE - 3rd Annual Conference of the Network of Centres of Excellence,
                         Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

June 24-28               2nd International Symposium on Digital Earth, Canadian Institute of Geomatics,
                         Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

September 19-23          COSIT 2001 – Conference on Spatial Information Theory, California, USA

November 29              ICDM '01: The 2001 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining,
- December 2             Silicon Valley, California, USA

   Special thanks to Nick Tate, Nina Bullen and Dave Martin for their help with the Newsletter.
                                                                                         The Editor.-

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