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The Power of Science, GIS and
Sensors:
A Case Study in Sensor
Journalism
ESRI CONFERENCE 2015
PROF. AMY SCHMITZ WEISS & KE...
WHAT’S IN THE AIR
AIR QUALITY
SENSOR PROJECT
• Collaboration between inewsource and journalism
and geology departments at ...
• Interdisciplinary
approach
• Teaching journalistic
and scientific processes
in the classroom
OUR FRAMEWORK
STORY IDEA
• Datasets from the CalEnviroScreen 2.0 report
and EPA datasets on PM2.5 levels
• Explore and observe the diffe...
THE
COLLABORATORS
• Kevin Robinson (Geology)
• Joe Yerardi, Lorie Hearn
(inewsource)
• Other departments on campus
(e.g. P...
MAPPING FOR
EXPLORATION
ARCGIS skills taught:
• Navigating existing maps/
datasets
• Creating layers
• Adding in geo-locat...
STORYTELLING AND
SENSORS
• 22 stories produced; 9
published on inewsource
• 2 video explainers created
• 1 interactive ESR...
CONCLUSIONS
• Geographic inquiry model - a solid framework to lead this kind of
sensor journalism project (parallels betwe...
THANKS! QUESTIONS?
ASCHMITZ@MAIL.SDSU.EDU
@DIGITALAMYSW
AND
ROCKROBINSON@GMAIL.COM
FOLLOW OUR NEWS COVERAGE:
http://inewso...
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The Power of Science, GIS and Sensors: A Case Study in Sensor Journalism

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The Power of Science, GIS and Sensors:
A Case Study in Sensor Journalism by Kevin Robinson and Amy Schmitz Weiss

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The Power of Science, GIS and Sensors: A Case Study in Sensor Journalism

  1. 1. The Power of Science, GIS and Sensors: A Case Study in Sensor Journalism ESRI CONFERENCE 2015 PROF. AMY SCHMITZ WEISS & KEVIN ROBINSON sensorjournalism.wordpress.com
  2. 2. WHAT’S IN THE AIR AIR QUALITY SENSOR PROJECT • Collaboration between inewsource and journalism and geology departments at San Diego State University • Co-taught by journalism professor and geology lecturer • Semester-long project – students’ stories and data collected from air quality sensors deployed in the community - published on inewsource • Sensor technology • ARCGIS: mapping of sensor data (for discovery, storytelling, and analysis) • Year-long grant funded by the 2014-2015 ONA Hack the Curriculum Grant
  3. 3. • Interdisciplinary approach • Teaching journalistic and scientific processes in the classroom OUR FRAMEWORK
  4. 4. STORY IDEA • Datasets from the CalEnviroScreen 2.0 report and EPA datasets on PM2.5 levels • Explore and observe the different neighborhoods of San Diego and their air quality: • Barrio Logan • Logan Heights • Chollas Creek • Bankers Hill • Using custom-built sensor kits and observe the air quality in selected neighborhoods • Numerous observations, data points collected, stories formed over time • inewsource guidance throughout process Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. Photo by Camelle Sison
  5. 5. THE COLLABORATORS • Kevin Robinson (Geology) • Joe Yerardi, Lorie Hearn (inewsource) • Other departments on campus (e.g. Public Health, Geology, Geography) • Multiple guest speakers (e.g. data journalism, sensor tech, public health, etc.) • Community involvement: (e.g. sensor beta-testers, provided general feedback, etc.)
  6. 6. MAPPING FOR EXPLORATION ARCGIS skills taught: • Navigating existing maps/ datasets • Creating layers • Adding in geo-located data points on a map • Merging datasets together on one map • Creating legends/keys • Sharing/publishing maps
  7. 7. STORYTELLING AND SENSORS • 22 stories produced; 9 published on inewsource • 2 video explainers created • 1 interactive ESRI map of neighborhood sensor observations collected • Community observations map/dataset - forthcoming
  8. 8. CONCLUSIONS • Geographic inquiry model - a solid framework to lead this kind of sensor journalism project (parallels between science/journalism) • ARCGIS was a crucial tool - the power of mapping data; telling important stories through location/maps • Exciting future for sensor journalism when combined with powerful maps - to tell important stories about the community on a micro level
  9. 9. THANKS! QUESTIONS? ASCHMITZ@MAIL.SDSU.EDU @DIGITALAMYSW AND ROCKROBINSON@GMAIL.COM FOLLOW OUR NEWS COVERAGE: http://inewsource.org/whats-in-the-air/ TEACHING TIPS, BLOG, CLASS SYLLABUS AND MORE: sensorjournalism.wordpress.com

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