David Forrest is a Senior University Teacher in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. He has broad interests in cartography and GI (Geographic Information) research, the main theme of which is a focus on improving the usability of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to help non-cartographers design and produce sensible maps.
This involves the development of knowledge-based systems, the theoretical issues that underpin them and the necessary data and meta-data structures to make data more accessible and usable.
Another main interest is the content and design of topographic maps, especially at medium scales, and the representation of topographic information on maps. Currently he is researching the development of the International Map of the World at 1:1Million scale and its use as a base for thematic mapping.
He is currently Convenor of the Science Progress Committee and within the School, he is Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Teaching; he also serves on the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.
Dr Forrest graduated BSc (Honours) in Topographic Science at the University of Glasgow; M.A. Geography (Cartography), Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; and PhD Topographic Science, University of Glasgow. He has been lecturing at Glasgow since 1991 but has also worked at the University of Portsmouth and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
Outwith the University he is active in the British Cartographic Society (Council member 1991-present; President 2000-2002); Chair of the UK Committee for Cartography; Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Use & User Issues; and Chair of the Helensburgh branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
- Brown M., Sharples S., Harding J., Parker C., Bearman N., Maguire M., D. Forrest, M. Haklay and M. Jackson. (2012) Usability of Geographic Information; Current Challenges and Future Directions. Applied Ergonomics.
- Cornelius, S., Medyckyj-Scott, D., Forrest, D. , Williams, A. and Mackaness, W. (2008) The virtual placement: an alternative to the traditional work placement in the geographical sciences? Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 32 (2). pp. 287-302