Category Archives: Conferences

Presentation – Geocoding in Geographic Information Retrieval Systems

I presented this paper at the Geographic Information Systems II (GIS II) session at the 2014 Geography Symposium (See UT Geography Symposium Program 2014)

I represented The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences at this interdisciplinary conference themed “Mapping outside the lines: Geography as a nexus for interdisciplinary and collaborative research.”

Tanner Jessel, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee. “Geocoding in Geographic Information Retrieval Systems.”

Information with a geographic component is among the most valuable and sought after types of information. However, the majority of geographical information exists as indirectly referenced locational information within unstructured text. Even among well-annotated, spatially explicit datasets, existing metadata can be of sparse, inconsistent, or otherwise of poor quality due to time and budgetary constraints. For these reasons, automated annotation of spatially explicit coordinates, a process known as geocoding, is an active area of research in geographic infor- mation science. Research concerning geocoding represents a long-term effort with a body of knowledge that has grown across several decades. Unfortunately, funding cycles are not always long-term, and some groundbreaking technologies and tools are no longer available. The present article attempts to synthesize the current state-of-the art of geocoding and presents a “toolkit” of resources used across the literature to accomplish geocoding, with an emphasis on applications for geographic information retrieval.

Poster – Species Mashup: Biodiversity in the Information Age

I presented this poster (I intend to supply a digital version at some later point) at the 2010 meeting of the Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers. The agenda for that conference is available online.

This was part of my contract work as content manager for the now defunct National Biological Information Infrastructure’s Southern Appalachian Information Node (SAIN).

An archive of the NBII program’s web site is available from the U.S. “Fugitive Agencies”collection.

The most recent iteration of SAIN was as “SEIN” for “Southeast Information Node,” a change resulting from some of the organizational upheaval in the final months leading to the program’s ultimate termination in a Presidential line item budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey.   The archive for the overall site is available online: <>; the specific application promoted by this poster is available at <>.