GI-Science and Data Science: Can they profit from each other?
Peter Mandl, Alps-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria
GIScience and Data Science have existed since years. Both are very important fields of research, technology and application for many scientific and practical contexts. In times of the Big Data Hype the two scientific branches overlap in some aspects like data concepts, basic methods, type of models, problems or applications and the use of innovative technologies. This panel discussion aims at not only pointing out and critically reflecting upon these overlapping aspects but also identifying those aspects from which both branches could benefit from.
The session will start with short stimulating statements of the panellists. A mixture of statements and questions by the audience and the discussion of problems like correlation vs. causality in data analysis, theory free modelling, or privacy and ethic aspects of big data will follow. Finally the panellists will give their ideas of the prospects in the two fields of GIScience and Data Science and their possible links to Data-Driven Geography and Spatial Data Science.
Panel members (in alphabetical order):
Francis Harvey, Department for Cartography and Visual Communication, University of Leipzig, Germany
Peter Mandl (moderator/session chair), Alps-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria
Harvey J. Miller - Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Josef Strobl Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg, Austria