Biography


Dr. Lauriault is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data in the School of Journalism and Communication, Communication Studies, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

She is also a research Associate with the following two institutions:

  1. The Programmable City Project, under the Directorship of Professor Rob Kitchin. It is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and based at the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland.
  2. The Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, under the Directorship of Professor D. R. Fraser Taylor, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical data studies
  • Small, big and spatial data policy
  • Data infrastructures
  • Preservation and archiving of data
  • Open data, open government, crowdsourcing
  • Evidence-informed decision-making
  • Community Wi-Fi

Current Research

Her research focus is part of a new field entitled critical data studies and she is actively engaged in public policy research as it pertains to data with civil society and government.

Her ongoing research with the Programmable City Project is in the area of Political Arithmetic,
Territorial Geometry
and Programmed Cities which entails three case studies as part of Work Package 2: How are digital data materially and discursively supported and processed about cities and their citizens?

  1. Re-Ontologizing the City, focuses on the socio-technological transformation of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), the Republic of Ireland’s national mapping organization. The OSi has over the last 7 years moved from the production and maintenance of a national cartographic database (Prime) to a real world object oriented database (Prime 2). The research examines the OSi’s data model by applying Kitchin’s data assemblage framework and Hacking’s dynamic nominalism to assess how people imagine space and if there are material outcomes association with this change.
  2. Measuring Openness in the City, critically examines open data from a genealogical perspective in Dublin, Ottawa, Montreal and Boston.
  3. The making of homeless people and calculating homelessness, studies how homeless people are made up via their data trails in shelter intake systems, street counts and official national censuses in Dublin, Ottawa and Boston by applying Ian Hacking’s dynamic nominalism and Kitchin’s data assemblage framework.

In addition, she is conducting a study on the making of the Irish small area file.

At the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), she participates in research regarding the archiving and preservation of geospatial data; legal and policy issues associated with geospatial, administrative and civil society data; olfactory cartography and cybercartography which includes the production of atlases such as the Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness.

As a citizen, she is engaged in the promotion of evidence-informed decision-making as part of democratic deliberation and actively advances those issues within civil society organizations, academic institutions and government. This includes activities related to open data and open government in Canada, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

Advisory Roles:

Along with theoretical and empirical research, Dr. Lauriault is involved in an advisory capacity in a number of public sector committees and participates in a number civil society activities, most notably the following:

  • Board Member, Open North http://www.opennorth.ca/#about
  • Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Open Government, Government of Ontario (https://www.ontario.ca/page/open-government)
  • National Public Bodies Working Group on Open Data(PBWG), led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (D/PER), Republic of Ireland
  • Dublin Region Housing Executive, Research and Data AdvisoryCommittee (DRHE-RDAC)
  • Open Knowledge FoundationIreland
  • International Research Data AllianceLegal  Interoperability Interest Group,
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Roundtable on Geomatics Legal and Policy Interest Group.
  • ca, Canada’s first List serve on the topic of Open data.
  • Manages the ca blog on topics related to open data, data politics and policy.

Recognition

Women Invent: Silicon Republic and Intel, Top 100 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Republic of Ireland, 2014.

Publications:

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Papers/Chapters:

Kitchin, R. and Lauriault, T. P. (Forthcoming 2015). ‘Towards Critical Data Studies: Charting and Unpacking Data Assemblages and Their Work’. In Eckert, J., Shears, A. and Thatcher, J. (Eds) Geoweb and Big Data. University of Nebraska Press. [Pre-Print Paper].

Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P., and McArdle, G. (Forthcoming 2015) Smart cities and the politics of urban data.  In Marvin, S., Luque-Ayala, A. and McFarlane, C. (eds.) Smart Urbanism: Utopian Vision or False dawn?  Routledge, London.

Kitchin, R. and Lauriault, T. P. (2015) ‘Small Data in the Era of Big Data’, GeoJournal, Berlin, Springer.

Kitchin, R., Lauriault T. P. and McArdle, G. (2014) ‘Knowing and Governing Cities through Urban Indicators, City Benchmarking, and Real-Time Dashboards’, Regional StudiesRegional Science, Journal of the Regional Studies Association, Oxford, Taylor & Francis. (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. and D. R. F. Taylor, 2012, The Map as a Fundamental Source in the Memory of the World, UNESCO Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation, Vancouver, BC. (OPEN ACCESS)

Saunders, A.,  Scassa T. and Lauriault, T. P. (2012) ‘Legal Issues in Maps Built on Third Party Base Layers’, Geomatica, 66(4), Ottawa, ON, Canadian Institute of Geomatics, pp. 279-290, 10.5623/cig2012-054.

Lauriault, T. P., Pulsifer P. L. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2010) ‘The Preservation and Archiving of Geospatial Digital Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Cartographers’. In Jobst, M. (Ed)Preservation in Digital Cartography: Archiving Aspects, Lecture Notes in GeoInformation and Cartography, New York, Springer-Verlag, Ch. 2, pp. 25-55. (Available here)

Lauriault, T. P., Craig, B., Pulsifer, P. L. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2008) ‘Today’s Data are Part of Tomorrow’s Research: Archival Issues in the Sciences’, Archivaria, 64, Ottawa, ON, Association of Canadian Archivists, pp. 123-179.

Lauriault, T. P. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2007) ‘Geospatial Data Infrastructure for the Sustainable Development of East Timor’. In GSDI-9 Research and Theory in Advancing Spatial Data Infrastructure Concepts, Redlands, CA, Esri Press, Ch. 12, pp. 175-199. (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. and Lindgaard, G. (2006) ‘Scented Cybercartography: Exploring Possibilities’, Cartographica, 41(1), Toronto, ON, University of Toronto Press, pp. 73-92.

Lauriault, T. P. and Welch, D. (2003) ‘Community Mapping and New Possibilities for Building Democracy: The Changing Faces of Ottawa’, Canadian Journal of Social Policy, No 52, Edmonton, AB, University of Alberta, pp. 9-32.

Books:

Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T. P. and Wilson, M. (Eds) (Forthcoming 2016) Understanding Spatial Media. Sage.

Taylor, D. R. F. (Ed) and Lauriault, T. P.  (Associate) (2014). Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping, 2nd Edition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier.

Book Chapters:

Lauriault, T. P. (Forthcoming 2016), Open Spatial Data. In Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Eds) Understanding Spatial Media, Sage.

Lauriault, T. P. and Francoli, M. (Forthcoming 2016) Openness, transparency, participation. In Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Eds) Understanding Spatial Media, Sage.

Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Forthcoming 2016) Introduction. In Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Eds) Understanding Spatial Media, Sage.

Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Forthcoming 2016) Spatial media now and in the future. In Kitchin, R., Lauriault, T.P. and Wilson, M. (Eds) Understanding Spatial Media, Sage.

Lauriault, T. P. (2014) ‘Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness’. In Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds) Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, Ch. 12.

Lauriault, T. P. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2014) ‘Archiving and Preserving Cybercartography.’ In Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds) Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, Ch. 21.

Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (2014) ‘Conclusion and the Future of Cybercartography’. In Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds) Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, Ch. 22.

Landry, J.-N. et Lauriault, T. P. (2013) ‘Les données ouvertes : la matière première du nouvel engagement citoyen’ dans L’État du Québec 2013-2014, L’institut du nouveau monde, Montréal, QC, Les éditions du Boréal, pp. 104-113.

Lauriault, T.P., Pulsifer, P. L. And Taylor, D. R. F. (2011) The Preservation and Archiving of Geospatial Digital Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Cartographers. In M. Jobst (ed.), Preservation in Digital Cartography, Lecture Notes in GeoInformation and Cartography, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-12733-5_2. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Lauriault, T. P. and McGuire, H. (2010) ‘Data Access in Canada: civicaccess.ca‘. In Fitzgerald, B. (Ed) Access to Public Sector Information: Law, Technology and Policy: Vol.1, University of Sydney, NSW, Sydney University Press, Ch.14, pp. 278-284. (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. and Wood, J. (2009) ‘GPS Tracings – Personal Cartographies’, The Cartographic Journal: ICA Art & Cartography Special Issue, Vol. 46(4), The British Cartographic Society, Leeds, UK, Maney Publishing, pp. 360-365.

Roeder, J., P. Eppard, Underwood W. and Lauriault, T. P. (2008) ‘Part 3 – Authenticity, Reliability and Accuracy of Digital Records in the Artistic, Scientific, and Governmental Sectors‘. In Duranti, L. and Preston, R. (Eds) InterPARES 2: Experiential, Interactive and Dynamic Records, Rome, Italy, Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana, pp. 1-53. (OPEN ACCESS)

Lauriault, T. P., Hackett, Y. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2008) ‘InterPARES 2, Case Study 06, Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica: Part 1 – Case and General Studies in the Artistic, Scientific and Governmental Sectors Focus Task Force’. In Duranti, L. and Preston, R. (eds) InterPARES 2: Experiential, Interactive and Dynamic Records, Rome, Italy, Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana, pp. 24-38. (OPEN ACCESS)

Lauriault, T. P. and Craig, B. (2008) ‘General Study 10 Preservation Practices in Scientific Data Portals: Part 1 – Case and General Studies in the Artistic, Scientific and Governmental Sectors Focus Task Force‘. In Duranti, L. and Preston, R. (Eds) InterPARES 2: Experiential, Interactive and Dynamic Records, Rome, Italy, Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana. (OPEN ACCESS)

Lauriault, T. P., Taylor, D. R. F. and Pulsifer, P. L. (2008) ‘Will Today’s Internet Maps be Available Tomorrow?  How Action Research is Leading to the Preservation of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica‘. In Peterson, Michael P. (Ed) International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, New York, NY Springer-Verlag, Ch. 14, pp. 417-436. (OPEN ACCESS)

Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (2006) ‘Future Directions for Multimedia Cartography‘. In Cartwright, W. et al (Eds) Multimedia Cartography, 2nd Edition, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, Ch.35, pp. 505-522. (OPEN ACCESS)

Lauriault, T. P. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2005) ‘Cybercartography and the New Economy: Collaborative Research in Action‘. In Taylor, D. R. F. (Ed) Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, Ch.8, pp. 181-210.

Working Papers, Reports & Submissions:

Lauriault, T. P. (2015) Submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), Government Reform Unit Open Data Licences Consultation Paper, Programmable City Working Paper, SSRN, (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. and Mooney, P. (2014) Crowdsourcing: A Geographic Approach to Public Engagement, The Programmable City Working Paper 6 SSRN (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. (2014) Observations and Recommendations: on the Republic of Ireland Open Data Strategy, Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA). The Programmable City, October SSRN (OPEN ACCESS).

Kitchin, R. and Lauriault, T. (2014) ‘Towards critical data studies: Charting and unpacking data assemblages and their work’.  The Programmable City Working Paper 2 SSRN (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P. (2014) ‘Working Paper Big Data Series: Critical Analysis of the Irish Big Data Skills Report’. Programmable City Working Paper, SSRN, (OPEN ACCESS)

Kitchin, R. and Lauriault, T. P. (2014) ‘Small Data in the Era of Big Data. The Programmable City Working Paper 1 SSRN (OPEN ACCESS)

Lauriault, T. P., Hackett, Y. and Kennedy, E. (2014) Geospatial Data Preservation Primer, Science & Technology Policy Research and Analysis Resource Team Report for Natural Resources Canada (NRC), Hickling, Arthur and Low Inc., Ottawa, ON, NRC. (OPEN ACCESS).

Lauriault, T. P., Hackett, Y. and Kennedy, E. (2014) Guide d’introduction à la préservation des données géospatiales, Science & Technology Policy Research and Analysis Resource Team Report for Resources Naturelles Canada, Hickling, Arthur and Low Inc., Ottawa, ON, NRC. (OPEN ACCESS).

Canadian Internet Public Policy Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) (2013) Traditional Knowledge Licencing: Final Consultation Report, Joint Study with University of Ottawa Centre for Technology Policy and Law, Ottawa, ON, CIPPIC and GCRC.

Lauriault, T. P. and Kennedy, E. (2012, March) Geospatial Data Archiving and Preservation, Science & Technology Policy Research and Analysis Resource Team Report for Natural Resources Canada (NRC), Hickling, Arthur ad Low Inc., Ottawa, ON, NRC. (OPEN ACCESS) [Also available in French] Email me for the full report Tracey.Lauriault@Carleton.ca.

Lauriault, T. P. (2011, June) Mapping to Assess Health Inequity at the Local Level, Acacia Consulting and Research Report to the Local Action First Sub-Committee, Ottawa, ON, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Lauriault, T. P. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2009) Final Report of the Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness Pilot Project, Report to the Homelessness Knowledge Development Program, Homelessness Partnering Secretariat, Ottawa, ON, Human Resources Skill Development Canada (HRSDC).

Bryne Potter, A., Lauriault, T. P., McIntyre N. and Clement, A. (2008) Toward an Online Interactive Broadband Atlas for Ontarians, Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project (CWIRP) Report (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services of Ontario Program: Toward a Broadband Research Agenda for Ontario, Toronto, ON, Government and Consumer Services of Ontario, Government of Ontario.

Frojmovic, M. and Lauriault, T. P. (2008) Trends and Issues in Affordable Housing and Homelessness, Acacia Consulting and Research Report to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Ottawa, ON, FCM.

Lauriault, T. P. and Frojmovic, M. (2001-2011) Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS), Acacia Consulting and Research Final Report on indicator development, coordination of data collection with 24 FCM QoLRS Communities, Ottawa, ON, FCM, (OPEN ACCESS TO INDICATORS)

Frojmovic, M. and Lauriault, T. P. (2009) Mapping the Relationships between Neighbourhoods, Poverty and Population Health: Toward Building a Community Based Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Acacia Consulting and Research Report for the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) and the GeoConnections Program, Ottawa, ON, CCSD. (OPEN ACCESS)