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Responsible GIS Practice...
Schedule and Resources

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Week # Topics / Activities Leader
1 Lecture 1 - Intro to NSF Project... ppt
Lecture 2 - Intro to Principles of Ethics
(Defining "Ethics," "Morals," "Moral Ecology," "Legal," "Code," and more)... ppt

Required Background Readings:
Quinn, M. 2010. Chapter 2: Introduction to ethics, Ethics for the Information Age (4th Edition), New York: Addison-Wesley.

Lake, R.W. 1993. Planning and applied geography: Positivism, ethics, and geographic information systems. Progress in Human Geography, 17(3):401-13.
Proctor, J., 1998. Ethics in geography: Giving moral form to the geographical imagination

IRB Informed Consent Form: pdf
Interview recruitment script: pdf
Personal introductions, academic integrity survey: doc | pdf
Case study: Mapping Muslim neighborhoods: pdf | NPR audio

2 Required Readings and Discussions...
Crampton, J., 1995. The ethics of GIS
Onsrud, H., 1995. Identifying unethical conduct in the use of GIS
Onsrud, H., 2008. Implementing geographic information technologies ethically

Discussion Board Guidelines
Students via Blackboard
3 Defining a Profession and its Ethical Codes
Quinn, M. 2010. Chapter 8: Professional ethics, Ethics for the Information Age (4th Edition), New York: Addison-Wesley.
Davis, M. 2003. What can we learn by looking for the first code of professional ethics?, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 24(5): 433-454.
GISCI Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct
ASPRS Code of Ethics
Other codes (ACM, IEEE, AAG, AAA)

Identify practitioner interviewees
Students via Blackboard
4 Understanding the GIScience & Technology Field
and its Professions

Discussion of GIScience "field" and "profession" ppt
GIS & T BoK handout
Group Activity on defining geospatial professions
U.S. Department of Labor link
Case study: MAPPS vs. U.S. Government pdf
Professor & Students via Blackboard
5 Interviews and Case Studies
How to do individual interviews and assessments
Kuniavsky, M. 2003. Chapter 6, Universal tools: Recruiting and interviewing, Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research, San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 117-127.

Interview protocol (questions): doc
Developing original case studies related to GISCI Rules
Original case study template: doc
Professor & Students via Blackboard
6 Data Quality and Access Case Studies
Student-led discussion of readings:
Keefer, M.W. 2005. Making good use of online case study materials, Science and Engineering Ethics, 11: 413-429.

Huff, C.W., and Brown, R. 2004. Integrating ethics into a computing curriculum: A case study of the Therac-25, in Akera, A. and Aspray, W. (Eds.), Using History to Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines, Washington DC: Computing Research Association, 255-277.

Discussion of more case studies as time allows:
submarine crash (ppt), public data, caribou, bridge locations
Students via Blackboard
7 Privacy and Legal Issues in GIS & T

Background Reading Assignments...
Quinn, M. 2010. Chapter 5: Privacy, Ethics for the Information Age (4th Edition), New York: Addison-Wesley.

Discussion of ...
An Interview with Ann Cavoukian

Locational privacy, ownership and liability
Discussion of more case studies:
mobile phone tracking research, satellite contract,
tsunami response
Students via Blackboard
8 Class Discussion and Project Work
Catch up on discussions spillover from prior week,
interviews conducted thus far,
progress on original case studies
Professor & Students via Blackboard
Finish up your project work:
interviews, case studies
Presentation of
Interviews & Case Studies
Students via Blackboard

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Last update: November 5, 2010