I am an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) at the University of Waterloo. My research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing.
Zarin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been involved with the open source geospatial group of Bangladesh and provided training to different projects for open source data collection and data visualization techniques. Her research focuses on analyzing how governments are incorporating citizen contribution through open government initiatives, along with the challenges and opportunities.
Veronika completed joint honours in Anthropology and Geography and Environmental Management as well as a minor in Classical Studies. She wrote her honours thesis on hunting and the use of firearms in the Franklin Expedition, where she attempted to shed some light on the reason behind the disastrous fate that befell this 19th century Arctic expedition. Apart from her keen interest in archaeology, history and past cultures, she is also quite fascinated by computers and geographic information system (GIS). Her current research is focused on open aerial mapping and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
I am a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. In my research I aim to develop and evaluate a decision support system (DSS) for use in water management. This project allows me to explore my interests in water management, geomatics, and the interface between society and technology in a meaningful, solution oriented fashion. My other interests include social resilience and sustainability, systems approaches, sedimentology, and the philosophy of science.
My past research has been in the field of archaeology. Following undergraduate studies at Trent University, Peterborough, I completed a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies at Concordia University, Montreal. During my MA I examined the role of water management at an ancient Maya site, focusing on methodology, interdisciplinary research, and the role of water management in social change. I hope to build upon this base to develop innovative solutions to contemporary water challenges.