About me

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:

  • open data, open methods and open technology,
  • user-generated content and emergence in social networks,
  • information science and visualization,
  • teaching and public speaking, and
  • the future of work, learning and innovation
as well as the various political and societal changes and questions that arise from such developments.

Vita


Activities


News

For keeping up with news, consider subscribing to:

  • the Geonet blog of the Oxford Internet Institute about Sub-Saharan Africa's knowledge economy.
  • the CII blog of the Oxford Internet Institute about connectivity, inclusion and inequality.

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.

Data Analysis and Visualization Portfolio

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).
Contact me to find out more about these and my other lines of work.


Publications

Except where noted, publications have been refereed.

Digital divisions of labour and informational magnetism: Mapping participation in Wikipedia

Graham M, Straumann RK & Hogan B, forthcoming, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Long-term availibility and archiving of geodata. Concepts for the implementation in Swiss governments (in German)

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

Towards (re)constructing narratives from georeferenced photographs through visual analytics

Straumann RK, Çöltekin A & Andrienko G, 2014, Towards (re)constructing narratives from georeferenced photographs through visual analytics. The Cartographic Journal, 51(2): 152–165

Uneven geographies of user-generated information: Patterns of increasing informational poverty

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

The Swiss GIS community in the virtual space

Straumann RK, 2013, The Swiss GIS community in the virtual space (in German, French and Italian; not refereed). Geomatik Schweiz, 111(8): 441–448
links to online versions: German, French, Italian

Python as “glue” in the GIS software domain: Sun glare analysis of road traffic accidents (video of talk, in German)

Straumann RK, 2013, Python als GIS-Bindemittel: Analyse der Sonnenblendung bei Verkehrsunfällen (abstract). Proceedings of FOSSGIS 2013, Rapperswil, Switzerland

Survey of True 3D and raster level of detail support in GIS software

Bektaş K, Çöltekin A & Straumann RK, 2012, Survey of True 3D and raster level of detail support in GIS software. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation & Cartography, 43–65

Sustainability through Open Data: Examples from Switzerland

Logean A, Lavrovsky O, Straumann RK & Gassner P, 2012, Sustainability through open data: Examples from Switzerland. Proceedings of EnviroInfo 2012, Dessau, Germany

Online photo repositories as vehicles of narratives: Stories about Zurich

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

SwissPeaks – Spatial analysis of usage statistics of a mobile app (conference abstract, in German)

Wider T & Straumann RK, 2012, SwissPeaks – Räumliche Analyse von Zugriffsstatistiken einer mobilen App(likation). Proceedings of GeoSummit 2012, Bern, Switzerland

Computation and elicitation of valleyness

Straumann RK & Purves RS, 2011, Computation and elicitation of valleyness. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 11(2): 178–204
pdf, link

Extraction and characterisation of landforms from Digital Elevation Models: Fiat parsing the elevation field (PhD thesis)

Straumann RK, 2010, Extraction and characterisation of landforms from Digital Elevation Models: Fiat parsing the elevation field. PhD thesis, University of Zurich, Department of Geography
high-quality pdf (66mb), pdf (22mb), University of Zurich repository

Quantifying postglacial sediment storage at the mountain-belt scale

Straumann RK & Korup O, 2009, Quantifying postglacial sediment storage at the mountain-belt scale. Geology, 37(12): 1079–1082
pdf, link

Experiences in developing landform ontologies

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

Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009

Purves RS, Gruber S, Straumann RK & Hengl T (eds.), 2009, Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009, 31 August – 2 September 2009, Zurich, Switzerland

Quantifying postglacial sediment storage at the mountain-belt scale

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)

Delineation of valleys and valley floors

Straumann RK & Purves RS, 2008, Delineation of valleys and valley floors. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5266, 320–336
pdf, link

Resolution sensitivity of a compound terrain derivative as computed from LiDAR-based elevation data

Straumann RK & Purves RS, 2007, Resolution sensitivity of a compound terrain derivative as computed from LiDAR-based elevation data. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation & Cartography, 87–109
pdf, link

Sensitivity of process models with respect to the spatial resolution of LiDAR-based elevation data (MSc thesis, in German)

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

The effect of information technology on space

“[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

Contact me

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