Dr Stefano De Sabbata
Lecturer in Quantitative Geography
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- Telephone: 0116 252 3812
- Office: Bennett Building, F56
- Personal Website
- Twitter: @maps4thought
- ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-2750-7579
Stefano joined the Department of Geography in October 2015 as Lecturer in Quantitative Geography. He is also Research associate of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford.
Previously he was a Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford (2013-2015) and Junior Research Fellow at the Wolfson College of the University of Oxford (2014-2015). Stefano was awarded a PhD from the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich in 2013, and a BSc and a MSc in computer science from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Udine.
Stefano's research focuses on geographic information science, critical GIS, and quantitative human geography. His current research focuses on the analysis and critique of the geographies of information, with a particular interest on internet content production and representativeness, as well as location-based services, working on the concept of geographic relevance, and geographic information retrieval. His teaching and research interests also include geocomputation, information visualization, public participation GIS, volunteer geographic information, and uncertainty in GIS, and a critical approach to data science and big data analysis.
|Quantitative Geography||Geographic Information Science||Information Geographies||Internet||Geographic Relevance|
|Location-based Services||Geographic Information Retrieval||Critical GIS||Geocomputation||Information Visualisation|
|Public Participation GIS||Volunteer Geographic Information||Data Science||Big Data|
|Information Visualisation||Quantitative Geography||Geographic Information Systems||Programming||Databases|
|Data Analysis||Data Science|
Research Areas for PhD Supervision
|Information Geographies, Internet Geographies, Critical GIS, Public Participation GIS, Volunteer Geographic Information, Geocomputation, Visual analytics|
I am interested in supervising students on the following topics:
- Quantitative, network analysis, and visual analytics approaches to “nature 2.0” analysis
- Use of Public Participation GIS methods in grassroots movements
- Study of information inequalities: urban/rural divides in access, participation, and representation on the internet
- Geodemographic analysis
- Regional analysis of Open Data and Volunteer Geographic Information
- Quantitative, network analysis, and visual analytics approaches to understanding online activism
- Development and application of Public Participation GIS approaches
Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via geogPGresearch@le.ac.uk.
Impact, Enterprise and Outreach
Stefano is a member of the Commission on Location Based Services of the International Cartographic Association. He is part of the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford, and member of the European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing (ENERGIC, COST Action IC1203). Stefano is also Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Take a look at my Google Scholar profile for a full list of publications.
Querying VGI by semantic enrichment
R. Lemmens, G. Falquet, S. De Sabbata, B. Jiang and B. Bucher European Handbook of Crowdsourced Geographic Information, 2016 p.185.
Assessing geographic relevance for mobile search: A computational model and its validation via crowdsourcing
T Reichenbacher, S De Sabbata, R S Purves, S I Fabrikant-Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 2016
Towards a study of information geographies:(im) mutable augmentations and a mapping of the geographies of information
M Graham, S De Sabbata, MA Zook - Geo: Geography and Environment, 2, 88-105, 2015
Geographic dimensions of relevance
S De Sabbata, S Mizzaro, T Reichenbacher, D Bawden - Journal of Documentation, 71, 650-666, 2015
Collaborative Visualizations for Wikipedia Critique and Activism
S De Sabbata, K Eccles, S Hale, R Straumann… - Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 2015
Mapping Information Wealth and Poverty: The Geography of Gazetteers
M Graham, S De Sabbata - Graham, M. and De Sabbata, S, 2015
Computing geographic relevance in mobile information services
S De Sabbata, T Reichenbacher - Context-Awareness in Geographic Information Services (CAGIS 2014), 17-28, 2014
Criteria of geographic relevance: an experimental study
S De Sabbata, T Reichenbacher - International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26, 1495-1520, 2012
De Sabbata, S. (2013). Assessing Geographic Relevance for Mobile Information Services
In the News
- 20 January 2016 - World Economic Forum: What is the future of the internet?
- 28 April 2015 - The Guardian: The hidden biases of Geodata
- 23 September 2014 - Huffington Post: Map Shows The World's Internet Population
- 14 May 2014 - Wired.co.uk: Infographic: A freelance working week revealed
- 23 April 2014 - Nikkei: Internet Mapping
- 4 April 2014 - Washington Post: Talk about a series of tubes: Undersea Internet cables mapped like the London Underground
- 3 April 2014 - ITV: London Underground map depicts Internet's backbone
- 2 April 2014 - Sky News: The Tube-Style Map Of The Internet's Backbone
- 18 March 2014 - The Guardian: Interactive: which countries have the most Google search results?
- 14 March 2014 - Jeune Afrique: Internet : à quel point votre pays est-il connu sur Google?
- 14 March 2014 - Washington Post: Why the wealthiest countries are also the most open with their data
- 25 February 2014 - The Atlantic: There Are More Wikipedia Articles About This One Small Part of the World Than the Rest of It Combined
- 8 November 2013 - Die Zeit Data Blog: Die Kolonialmächte des Internets
- 6 November 2013 - Washington Post: The US, Germany, and Britain still dominate the Internet
- 6 November 2013 - Slate: Why You Won't Find Tuvalu on a Map of the World's Internet Domains
- 30 October 2013 - Epoca: Um império chamado Google
- 12 October 2013 - Business Insider: Here's Where The 6 Billion Photos On Flickr Come From
- 10 October 2013 - The Atlantic: What the world would look like if countries were as big as their online populations
- 10 October 2013 - Gizmodo: Here's a world map adjusted for each country's internet population
- 6 October 2013 - Times of India: Google most popular site globally: Report
- 5 October 2013 - India Today: Google, Facebook rule Age of Internet Empires
- 4 October 2013 - The Atlantic: Age of Internet Empires: One Map With Each Country's Favorite Website
- 4 October 2013 - La Nacion: Cuáles son los sitios web más populares del mundo en cada país
- 4 October 2013 - ZDNet: Google vs. Facebook vs. Baidu: Battle of the Internet empires
- 4 October 2013 - NPR: Google Vs. Facebook: A Map Of Global Conquest
- 3 October 2013 - CBC News: And The World's Most Popular Websites Are…
- 3 October 2013 - The Guardian: Facebook or Google: which website rules the world?
- 29 September 2013 - Huffington Post: Map shows the world's internet population
- La Stampa: La geografia secondo Internet: Come il popolo del web "cambia" il mondo