I like to combine my curiosity with personal and societal values such as openness, fairness and accessibility.
Besides the broad topics mentioned above, over the years I have grown particularly interested in:
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Finally, you might want to have a look at the (now silent) Information Geographies blog of the Oxford Internet Institute on mapping online geographies of knowledge.
My portfolio of spare-time data analysis and visualization projects (this space will contain many more projects very soon, so check back if you're interested).
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Except where noted, publications have been refereed.
Leiss I, Straumann R & Meyer R, 2015, Nachhaltige Verfügbarkeit und Archivierung von Geodaten. Konzeptstudie zur koordinierten Umsetzung bei Bund, Kantonen und Gemeinden. SIK-GIS/CSI-SIG
Straumann RK, Çöltekin A & Andrienko G, 2014, Towards (re)constructing narratives from georeferenced photographs through visual analytics. The Cartographic Journal, 51(2): 152–165
Graham M, Hogan B, Straumann RK & Medhat A, 2014, Uneven geographies of user-generated information: Patterns of increasing informational poverty. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104(4): 746–764
Straumann RK, 2013, Python als GIS-Bindemittel: Analyse der Sonnenblendung bei Verkehrsunfällen (abstract). Proceedings of FOSSGIS 2013, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Logean A, Lavrovsky O, Straumann RK & Gassner P, 2012, Sustainability through open data: Examples from Switzerland. Proceedings of EnviroInfo 2012, Dessau, Germany
Straumann RK, 2012, Online photo repositories as vehicles of narratives: Stories about Zurich (workshop paper, abstract-refereed). Proceedings of Cartography & Narratives Workshop 2012, 106–120, Zurich, Switzerland
Wider T & Straumann RK, 2012, SwissPeaks – Räumliche Analyse von Zugriffsstatistiken einer mobilen App(likation). Proceedings of GeoSummit 2012, Bern, Switzerland
Straumann RK, 2010, Extraction and characterisation of landforms from Digital Elevation
Models: Fiat parsing the elevation field. PhD thesis, University of Zurich, Department of
high-quality pdf (66mb), pdf (22mb), University of Zurich repository
Straumann RK, 2009, Experiences in developing landform ontologies (extended abstract). In Purves RS, Gruber S, Hengl T & Straumann RK (eds): Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009, 17–21
Purves RS, Gruber S, Straumann RK & Hengl T (eds.), 2009, Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009, 31 August – 2 September 2009, Zurich, Switzerland
Straumann RK & Korup O, 2009, Quantifying postglacial sediment storage at the mountain-belt scale (abstract). Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11, 2009 EGU General Assembly (not refereed)
Straumann RK, 2006, Sensitivität von Prozessmodellen in Bezug auf die Auflösung LIDAR-basierter Höhendaten . MSc thesis at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich
“[W]e need to reject the extremely resilient ‘Euclidean’ notions, still implicitly underlying many treatments of the geographies of information technology, that treat spaces and places simply as bounded areas, as definable, Cartesian spatial objects, embedded within some wider, objective framework of time-space.
As Doreen Massey suggests, places need to be defined in relational terms, too, as ‘articulated moments in networks of social relations and understandings’ rather than as ‘areas with boundaries around’.”
— Stephen Graham, 1998