Since the beginning of this academic year, I have been a Postgraduate Representative on the committee of the RGS-IBG Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG). The DGRG brings together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, whose work engages with the relationship between the digital and geography.
As part of our work within the DGRG committee, we’ve been thinking about ways we can better provide a platform for sharing the research that is happening in our community.
One popular and successful feature of DGRG events in recent years has been our ‘digital shorts’. These are 2 – 5-minute videos made by researchers to give an overview of an aspect of their work.
Digital shorts have proven particularly popular during the pandemic, as a simple and quick way to communicate research that does not require too much work from the presenter. There were 13 shorts presented during last year’s DGRG Annual Symposium and 11 created for the DGRG-sponsored session Digital Geographies and the Everyday at the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference earlier this year. Other research groups such as the Participatory Geographies Research Group have recently even begun to use the digital short format for their own events.
Following the utility and popularity of the videos in these events, we considered whether we could create an ongoing programme of digital shorts, as a way to share the diversity of digital geographies research with a public audience on a regular basis.
This idea has led to the launch of our new Work in Progress series on YouTube (also linked at the bottom of this post). This series will feature digital geographers at different career stages and from different disciplinary and methodological backgrounds discussing a wide range of current research.
A couple of weeks ago, we released our first digital short by Phil Jones, discussing the opportunities and challenges of analysing VR content.
Today, our second video has been released. Created by Jeremy Crampton, it discusses his research interests in facial recognition technology and its implications for surveillance in urban life.
We are aiming to publish a new digital short roughly every fortnight from now on.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in hearing more about digital geographies research, you’re in luck. Our annual symposium ‘Where Next for Digital Geographies? Pathways and Prospects’ is taking place online this Wednesday 14th July and is completely free to attend. You can find the full programme and Eventbrite page to book your ticket here.