escholarship-logoThe Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (spatial@ucsb) announces the launch of its Spatial Archives. The project is hosted on eScholarship, an online library of downloadable publications of the University of California, which is now home to nearly 500 documents associated with the research and education initiatives of the following:

The collections feature technical, program, and meeting reports (including more than 1,600 position papers by meeting participants over a span of 27 years), special publications, and curricula and other educational resources. Each document is assigned a unique permalink, which, unlike a regular website address, is a permanent URL for access in perpetuity. All materials submitted to eScholarship are automatically deposited in the California Digital Library’s Merritt Preservation Repository, thus ensuring their long-term security and accessibility.

This project was initiated by Werner Kuhn, Director of spatial@ucsb, and carried out under the direction of Professor/Researcher Emeritus Donald Janelle, with technical support from Ph.D. Candidates Kitty Currier and Jessica Marter-Kenyon; eScholarship support from Katrina Romanowsky; and advice and assistance from Andrea Ballatore, Guylene Gadal, and Karen Doehner.
The intent of this year-long effort has been to:

1) provide the community with reliable access to a primary collection of geographic information science;

2) remove the risk associated with the uncertain sustainability of program-based websites; and

3) position these resources for integration within the broader literature to help document a period when geographic information science was taking flight.

The Center for Spatial Studies is especially interested in learning about similar projects and of plans by other organizations to document long-term programs in geographic information science and related fields. Please send comments and questions to Werner Kuhn (kuhn@geog.ucsb.edu) and Don Janelle (janelle@geog.ucsb.edu).