Project SP16a:Political conflict and digital maps

Project SP16a: Political conflict and digital maps

Researcher: Sterling Quinn

Position type: Literature review and online research

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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Position description

To support a future research project, I am looking to build a list of cases where political conflict and compromise have played themselves out in online maps such as Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, etc. I am seeking an undergraduate research assistant to help compile and analyze cases where (1) disputes occurred over boundaries or other politically-charged features in online maps, and (2) cases where corporations like Google expose different versions of their maps online for different political audiences. The end product will be a written report describing these cases, which may be used to support a literature review in a future journal publication. This is a 3-credit position.

Desired qualifications

Qualifications for the position are: - Excellent reading and writing skills - Some experience with online maps and/or Internet studies I will give preference to candidates who have experience searching and retrieving articles from scholarly journals using the Penn State library resources. Candidates must be willing to contribute 120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Follow all instructions.