Kirikiriroa Conversations 2023

Kirikiriroa Conversations
Date Thursday 4 May 2023
Time 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Where K.G.01
Presenter Dr. Lars Brabyn
Contact Dr. Kyle Barrett
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Screen and Media Studies (SMST) are proud to present another series of Kirikiriroa Conversations. The aim of these kōrerorero is to explore topics of interest from academic staff and graduate students across the University that may be works-in-progress, recently published papers, or general areas of interest! It is an opportunity to explore avenues of research or practice that may not have found a place in a lecture or publication. Why not discuss it in a friendly, open, informal environment? There are no prescribed formats for presenting as long as each conversation will be 15 mins long with 5 mins of questions. Afterward, come along to SMST’s legendary Thirsty Thursdays in our foyer (I.4.20).

Dr. Lars Brabyn, Senior Lecturer, Geography, The University of Waikato - 6th May 2023

Research with Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

GIS is widely used in society and research but most people would not be aware of this. Google Maps, Google Earth, weather maps, and GPS are examples of GIS. In 2002, I calculated the travel time by car to the closest hospital, GP, and dentist for every address location in NZ. This enabled the Ministry of Health to identify health accessibility issues. Consequently Queenstown was provided with a hospital. This analysis, which predates Google Maps, used the same algorithm now used in Google Maps. GIS is a lot more than calculating travel times and has changed the way information is structured and accessed. I will attempt to show this using different examples.