Sterling Quinn

Research Interests

  • Geovisual analytics
  • Social aspects of GIS
  • Critical cartography
  • Web mapping approaches

Research Focus

Volunteered geographic information and its underlying human geography

Education

  • MGIS Geographic Information Systems, Penn State, 2009
  • B.S. Geographic Information Systems, Brigham Young, 2005

Courses Taught

  • Geog 160: Mapping our Changing World
  • Geog 485: GIS Programming and Automation
  • Geog 494: Research Project in Geography
  • Geog 585: Open Web Mapping
  • Geog 863: GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals
  • Geog 865: Cloud and Server GIS

Publications

Quinn, S. (2015) Using small cities to understand the crowd behind OpenStreetMap, GeoJournal. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-015-9695-6

Quinn, S., and Yapa, L. (2015) OpenStreetMap and food security: A case study in the city of Philadelphia, The Professional Geographer. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1065547

Nelson, J., Quinn, S., Swedberg, B., Chu, W., and MacEachren, A. (2015) Geovisual Analytics Approach to Exploring Public Political Discourse in Twitter.ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(1), 337–366.

Quinn, S., & Gahegan, M. (2010). A predictive model for frequently viewed tiles in a web map. Transactions in GIS, 14(2), 193–216.

Presentations

Quinn, S., and Robinson, A. C. (2015) Mapping student engagement in a massive open online course (MOOC). Presented at the International Cartographic Conference 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Quinn, S. (2015). Crossroads: Dissecting the construction of OpenStreetMap in a small mid American city. Presented at State of the Map US 2015, New York, New York, USA.

Quinn, S. (2015). Computing and visualizing nonlocal influence in OpenStreetMap. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Quinn, S. (2014). The state of OpenStreetMap in South America: A computational and visual analysis. Presented at State of the Map 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nelson, J., Quinn, S., Swedberg, B., Chu, W., Houchen, M., Bodnar, T., & MacEachren, A. (2014) SPoTvis: A geovisual analytics tool for discovering multi-scale spatial patterns in tweets surrounding the 2013 US government shutdown. Presented at NACIS 2014, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Quinn, S. (2014). Comparing VGI contributions across political units using geovisual analytics. Presented at GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria.

Quinn, S. (2014). Open Web Mapping: An educational resource for creating online maps using free and open source software. Presented at FOSS4G 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Quinn, S. (2014). Capturing local knowledge of urban food resources using OpenStreetMap. Presented at State of the Map US 2014, Washington, DC, USA.

Quinn, S., & Yapa, L. (2014). OpenStreetMap and enabling agency in food security. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers 2014, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Quinn, S., & Gahegan, M. (2010) A predictive model for frequently viewed tiles in a web map. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Awards

GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award (2015)

E. Willard Miller Award, Cartography Category (2015)

Office of Global Programs Graduate Student Travel Grant, Penn State University (2014)

Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2000 – 2005)

 

Memberships

Penn State Department of Geography Graduate Program Committee (2015-2016)

Co-coordinator of Penn State Department of Geography mentoring program for undergraduates (UROC) (2014-2015)

Treasurer of Penn State Department of Geography graduate student organization (2014-2015)

 

Member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF)