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The Practice of Virtue-Driven GIScience
September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CEST
Ethics in GIS has become a hot topic in recent years. From conversations guided by EthicalGEO, to American Association of Geographer’s initiatives to implement locational data ethics in the classroom, to conferences such as AutoCarto2022’s focused theme Ethics in Mapping: Integrity, Inclusion, and Empathy, GIS practitioners can hardly miss some touch point on ethics. As good as ethics are in GIS, is there more? In this webinar, Dr. VanHorn reviews current conversations on ethics in GIScience and offers a nuanced perspective based in a Christian approach to GIS ethics. He explores the intersections of ethics juxtaposed with virtues and argues that our GIScience efforts should be rooted in a virtue-driven approach, which has implications for justice, land, cities, and citizens.
Originally from Indiana, Dr. VanHorn grew up with a fascination for maps. At an early age he became interested in cartography from the various road atlases and National Geographic Magazine thematic maps that he came across. Professor VanHorn joined the GEO department at Calvin College in 2007.