In 2015, the UCSB Library and the Center for Spatial Studies received a private grant to study and address the challenges that libraries and researchers face in making research data discoverable via spatial metadata on diverse platforms and in a variety of environments. The goal of this project is an expanded awareness and adoption of spatial discovery and analysis in research and teaching, supported by novel library services.

Partnering in this project with the Center for Spatial Studies, the UCSB Library will convene a second expert meeting, “Spatial Discovery II,” which will be held at the Upham Hotel and the UCSB campus on May 11 and 12, 2017 in Santa Barbara. Suggested travel dates: Wednesday night, May 10, departing Saturday, May 13, 2017.

This meeting will build on the discussions at the first Spatial Discovery meeting in June 2015, of challenges, practices, and potential strategies associated with cross-platform content discovery.

The fundamental questions to be discussed are:

  • How can spatially mediated discovery provide single-point access to research data, across distributed repositories and catalogs?
  • How can the discovery of research objects in general be spatially supported? and
  • How can spatial discovery be applied to topic spaces, not just geographic ones?

Participants will contribute expertise in Library Science, as well as in Geography and Computer science, pertaining to spatial information. They will typically be involved in research on data-seeking and its requirements.

The format of this meeting is different from that of other academic meetings: Thursday, May 11 will be devoted to discussions in plenary and small-group sessions, spurred by lightning talks. Friday, May 12 will be spent in part on campus, demonstrating first project results and involving campus researchers and administrators in a discussion of how to move forward. An agenda will be posted soon.

Participants must submit a brief statement about their perspectives on the challenges and a short paragraph-form biography with a photo, no later than March 31, to Karen Doehner ( These documents will be posted online for other participants to familiarize themselves with each other’s views and backgrounds, facilitating engagement in discussions without lengthy presentations.

Dates to remember:  

  • Confirmation of Attendance: Friday, March 3
  • Submission of Perspective and Bio: Friday, March 31
  • Request for Lodging: Friday, April 21
  • Meeting Dates: May 11 and 12, 2017






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