Glenn Brauen (glenn @ gbrauen . ca)
Ph.D. Geography, Carleton University
M.C.S (Computer Science), Carleton University
B.Sc (C. S.), University of New Brunswick
I am a lecturer in Geographical Information Science with the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and maintain active ongoing collaborations through Carleton University's Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) (where I was formerly a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, an instructor, and a Ph.D Student with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies).
My research is organized around the development of the theory and practice of cartography, especially that intended for distribution and use in the context of distributed, media-capable networks. This research includes: a) the development of software tools and frameworks that support distributed, transdisciplinary, and community collaboration in the creation and use of maps, mapping processes, and the discussion of insights gleaned through those processes; b) development of software, algorithms, and tools for processing and representing locationally-indexed information as part of those mapping processes, including multi-modal interfaces (e.g., visual, auditory); and c) participation in mapping projects using the capabilities developed.
My Ph.D. thesis research focused on interactive audiovisual cartography and sound design for the web. The research encompassed theoretical approaches to the use of sound as part of cartography; technological development to support the creation, distribution and use of audiovisual maps over the Internet; work with users to understand strengths and weaknesses of the use of sound as part of maps; and work to develop atlases and maps that apply the theory, technological developments, and evaluation results to foster new insights into the use and accommodation of sound as part of audiovisual cartography.
Within the research programs of the GCRC, I have contributed to the development of the centre's open source software tools for atlas construction.
In addition to my academic background, I have extensive experience in software development and in managing software development projects within the telecommunications industry.
- 2012.01.01-present: feasibility study and planning for the development of services to assist in the teaching of and research concerning the usability of OGC-compliant web mapping facilities and installed deployments.
- 2009.06.01-2011.12.31 and 2013.01.01-present: Cartographic and user interface design, system design and programming for the Cybercartographic Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process in collaboration with Stephanie Pyne.
- Summer 2011: Cartographic and user interface design, system design and programming for:
- Gwich'in Place Names Atlas in collaboration with Gwich'in Cultural and Social Institute and other members of the GCRC;
- Views from the North Atlas in collaboration with Dr. Carol Payne and other members of the GCRC; and
- Northwest Passage and the Construction of Inuit pan-Arctic Identities Atlas in collaboration with Dr. Claudio Aporta, Dr. Michael Bravo and other members of the GCRC.
- 2008.01.01-2008.03.31: Cartographic advisor for Department of Fisheries and Oceans pilot project developing a prototype Atlas of the Beaufort Sea using Nunaliit. A publication showing the maps developed within the framework is available here.
- 2007.01.01-2008.01.03: Cybercartography: a framework for the integration of sound with image and text in cartographic theory and practice.
- 2005-2007: Cluster Lead Researcher, Cybercartographic Sound Cluster under the Cybercartography and the New Economy project. The cluster page contans information concerning the other researchers, our activities, and some links to prototype sound mapping examples.
Ph.D. Thesis Research
Ph.D. Thesis: Toward Interactive Audiovisual Cartography: Motivations, Design Strategies, and Methods, 2011, Carleton University.
Interactive Audiovisual Map Examples: Part of my research has focused on the creation of web-map prototypes playing with some ideas concerning interactive audiovisual maps, representation of thematic spatial data using sound and visual design, and interaction models. Some examples, roughly in chronological order of development:
- Brauen, G., S. Pyne, A. Hayes, J. P. Fiset, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2011. "Encouraging Transdisciplinary Participation using an Open Source Cybercartographic Toolkit: The Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process," Canadian National Commission of the International Cartographic Association National Report on Cartography, Geomatica, 65:1, 27-45.
- Brauen, G., and D. R. F. Taylor. 2008. "Linked Audio Representation in Cybercartography: Guidance from Animated and Interactive Cartography for Using Sound," Brasilian Journal of Cartography 60:3, 223-242.
- Caquard, S., G. Brauen, B. Wright, and P. Jasen. 2008. "Designing sound in cybercartography: From structured cinematic narratives to unpredictable sound/image interactions," International Journal of Geographical Information Science 22:11, 1219-1245.
- Brauen, G. and D. R. F. Taylor. 2007. "A Cybercartographic Framework for Audible Mapping," Canadian National Commission of the International Cartographic Association National Report on Cartography, Geomatica 61:2, 127-136.
- Brauen, G. 2006. "Designing Interactive Sound Maps Using Scalable Vector Graphics," Cartographica, 41:1, 59-71.
Refereed Book Chapters
- Brauen, G. 2011. "Interactive Audiovisual Mapping: BTEX Emissions from NPRI Reporting Facilities in Montréal" in W. Cartwright, S. Caquard, and L. Vaughan (eds.), Mapping Environmental Issues in the City: Arts and Cartographic Cross Perspectives, Chap. 6, 74-108. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer.
Invited Book Chapters
- Brauen, G. (2013 in press). "Interactive Audiovisual Design for Cartography: Survey, Prospects, and Example" in Taylor, D. R. F. and T. P. Lauriault (eds.), Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications in Indigenous Mapping, 2nd ed., Chap. 10, 23 pages. Berlin; Heidelberg: Elsevier.
- Brauen, G. 2013. "An Assessment of the Availability and Usefulness of Standards Compliant Canadian Public Web Map Services." Annual Canadian Association of Geographers conference, August 11-15. Canadian Association of Geographers. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland. [PDF of slides]
- Brauen, G. 2013. "Map Projections on the Web: Map Scale, Region, and Purpose Should Factor into Projection Selection Decisions." Joint ACMLA/CCA conference, June 11-14. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives and Canadian Cartographic Association. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. [PDF of slides]
- Taylor, D. R. F. and G. Brauen. 2012. "The Nunaliit Cybercartographic Atlas Framework as a Tool for Collecting and Preserving Indigenous Knowledge in Canada." Digitial Cartographic Heritage 2012 Conference (DCH2012), July 2-4, St. Die des Vosges, France.
- Brauen, G. 2010. "Interactive Audiovisual Mapping: BTEX Emissions from NPRI Reporting Facilities in Montréal." 'Mapping' Environmental Issues in the City: Arts and Cartographic Cross Perspectives Workshop, ICA Arts and Cartography Working Group, Concordia University, Montréal, September 8-10. [PDF of slides]
- Pulsifer, P., G. J. Laidler, S. Caquard, G. Brauen, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2010. "Creating an online cybercartographic atlas of sea ice: Technical design and implementation." International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference, June 10, Oslo, Norway.
- Brauen, G. 2010. "A Sound Design Kit for Audiovisual Web-mapping." Prairie Summit, Regina, Saskatchewan (Joint annual conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, and Canadian Remote Sensing Society), June 1-5.
- Brauen, G. and S. Pyne. 2010. "Reflections on Project Roles and Technologies: The Cybercartographic Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process." Prairie Summit, Regina, Saskatchewan (Joint annual conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, and Canadian Remote Sensing Society), June 1-5.
- Brauen, G. 2008. "Toward Interactive Audio-Visual Cartography." Joint Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division (CAGONT) and East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers (ELDAAG) conference, St. Catharines, Ontario, Oct. 17-19.
- Brauen, G. 2008. "Toward Audio-visual Cartography." Paper read at the Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Vancouver, B.C., May 12-16.
- Hayes, A., J. P. Fiset, and G. Brauen. 2006. "Hands On: Cybercartographic Atlas Infrastructure," CCA/Atlas of Canada Centenary Conference, June 18-21, Canadian Cartographic Association. Ottawa, Ontario.
- Taylor, D. R. F., G. Brauen, S. Caquard, B. Eddy, A. Hayes, T. Lauriault, E. Martínez, P. Pulsifer, and C. Reyes. 2006. "Cybercartography: Maps and Mapping in the Information Era," pannel session, CCA/Atlas of Canada Centenary Conference, June 18-21, Canadian Cartographic Association. Ottawa, Ontario.
- S. Caquard, G. Brauen, and B. Wright. 2005. "Exploring Sound Design in Cybercartography," International Cartographic Conference, A Coruña, Spain.
Other Seminars: Non-refereed
- Brauen, G. 2013. "Rethinking maps in the context of the web: What is a map?" Geomatics Café, seminar series, October 24, 2013, Carleton University Library, Ottawa.
- Hayes, A., G. Brauen, and T. P. Lauriault. 2013. "Socio-Technological and Design Aspects of Cybercartography." Founders Seminar, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, March 8.
- Caquard, S., and G. Brauen. 2007. "Audio-Visual Mapping of Statistical Data," presentation to the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) Workshop. Ryerson University, Toronto, Dec. 13.
- M. Holloway, W. Neville, M. Tooker, and G. Brauen. 1996. "Frame Relay Management System," U.S. Patent 5,521,909, Issued May 1996.
- Brauen, G. 1989. "Issues in the Development of a Persistent Object-Oriented Programming System," Technical Report 15, Institut für Informatik, Universität Freiburg, Germany.
- Brauen, G. and J. E. Neilson. 1988. "Graphically Defining Simulation Models of Concurrent Systems," Technical Report SCS TR-141, School of Computer Science, Carleton University.
- Brauen, G. and J. E. Neilson. 1988. "An Algorithm for Distributed Mutual Exclusion on Arbitrary Networks," Technical Report SCS TR-142, School of Computer Science, Carleton University.
Recent Campus Activities and Interests
Recent Campus Activities
- Jun. 2007 - Jul. 2011: Graduate student representative on Carleton University's Senate Student Academic Integrity Appeals Committee.
- Jun. 2008 - May 2009: represented graduate students on Carleton University's Graduate Faculty Board.
- Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2008: represented Geography as a councillor in Carleton's Graduate Students Association.
My interests include music and outdoor recreation (e.g., hiking, cycling, canoeing, camping).