Dr. David FAIRBAIRN

Since 1978 he has been employed by the Newcastle University in the North of England, teaching cartography and GIS to geomatics students, and over a long time has seen the discipline of cartography changing greatly. A wide variety of geospatial data handling issues have been of research interest over that period, including the structuring and presentation of terrain data, the quantification and use of indices of map complexity, the effective visualisation of map designs, the linkage between mapping and navigation, and, currently, issues connected to crowdsourcing and cartographic requirements for SDIs.
In addition to the published research in these areas, Fairbairn has jointly authored an introductory textbook on mapping for geography students and a library set for school children, and has contributed in promoting outreach in other areas, including editorship of The Cartographic Journal. Long-standing membership of Council and committees of his national cartographic association, the British Cartographic Society, was a stepping stone to service in the International Cartographic Association as a Vice President (2003-2007) and as a Secretary-General & Treasurer (2007-2011).

Dr. David Fairbairn comes from the UK.

Since 1978 he has been employed by the Newcastle University in the North of England, teaching cartography and GIS to geomatics students, and over a long time has seen the discipline of cartography changing greatly. A wide variety of geospatial data handling issues have been of research interest over that period, including the structuring and presentation of terrain data, the quantification and use of indices of map complexity, the effective visualisation of map designs, the linkage between mapping and navigation, and, currently, issues connected to crowdsourcing and cartographic requirements for SDIs.

Long-standing membership of Council and committees of his national cartographic association, the British Cartographic Society, was a stepping stone to service in the International Cartographic Association as a Vice President (2003-2007) and as a Secretary-General & Treasurer (2007-2011).

 

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