Upcoming leadership workshop on Location Analytics in Business

Jun 30, 2017 • Categories: Event | Featured | Specialist Meetings | Uncategorized | Workshops

CANCELLED Due to the unhealthy air quality in Santa Barbara resulting from the ongoing Thomas Fire, the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies has decided to cancel this meeting. We are in touch with participants and this meeting will be rescheduled for a future date. Location Analytics in Business Hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara and Esri, Inc. Planning is underway for a workshop to be held on December 11–13, 2017, at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Read More… Abstact Location Analytics is the subset of Business Analytics that is concerned with gaining insights by analyzing the spatial component of business data. Leading retail, real estate, finance, manufacturing, and logistics firms, among others, implement location strategies to gain competitive advantage. Furthermore, a new generation of business researchers and educators is beginning to recognize location analytics as a distinctive professional specialty. The role of academics in this field can be to simplify location analysis, propose innovative new theories and methodologies, and educate business and technology leaders. This 3-day workshop will prepare selected early-career researchers to do just that. Participants will interact with leading scholars in geographic information science and other related fields, and will lead breakout discussions on relevant subtopics. Benefits to participants include learning the current capabilities of a modern location analytics platform, gaining ideas and advice for implementing location analytics in next-generation business school curricula, and crossing disciplinary boundaries to network and collaborate with kindred scholars. Results may include a jointly-authored review and/or manifesto article for a peer-reviewed journal....

Announcing spatial@ucsb’s new associate director

Jun 28, 2017 • Categories: Featured | News

We are happy to welcome Krzysztof Janowicz, Associate Professor for Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics in the Department of Geography, as the Associate Director of spatial@ucsb, beginning July 1. Read...

Spatial discovery and the research library

Jun 26, 2017 • Categories: Publications | Research

A paper co-authored by spatial@ucsb’s Sara Lafia and Werner Kuhn, along with the Map and Imagery Laboratory’s Jon Jablonski and Spatial affiliates Antonio Medrano and Savannah Cooley was published in Transactions in GIS: Lafia, S., Jablonski, J., Kuhn, W., Cooley, S., & Medrano, F. A. (2016). Spatial discovery and the research library. Transactions in GIS, 20(3), 399-412. Abstract: Academic libraries have always supported research across disciplines by integrating access to diverse contents and resources. They now have the opportunity to reinvent their role in facilitating interdisciplinary work by offering researchers new ways of sharing, curating, discovering, and linking research data. Spatial data and metadata support this process because location often integrates disciplinary perspectives, enabling researchers to make their own research data more discoverable, to discover data of other researchers, and to integrate data from multiple sources. The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the UCSB Library are undertaking joint research to better enable the discovery of research data and publications. The research addresses the question of how to spatially enable data discovery in a setting that allows for mapping and analysis in a GIS while connecting the data to publications about them. It suggests a framework for an integrated data discovery mechanism and shows how publications may be linked to associated data sets exposed either directly or through metadata on Esri’s Open Data platform. The results demonstrate a simple form of linking data to publications through spatially referenced metadata and persistent identifiers. This linking adds value to research products and increases their discoverability across disciplinary...

ThinkSpatial: Werner Kuhn

Jun 1, 2017 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents Place-based GIS: What’s the big deal? Werner Kuhn Center for Spatial Studies Department of Geography University of California, Santa Barbara 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) Abstract: Modeling “place” remains a conundrum for spatial computing. Geographic Information Science has discussed requirements and possible approaches for many years, but has not yet produced a convincing solution. In this brief talk, I will present my recent work, together with colleagues at Melbourne University, that sheds new light on the topic. We took the current state of my Core Concepts of Spatial Information (Location, Field, Object, Network, Event) and asked what the simplest possible account for place would be in them that still satisfies the known requirements. The proposed solution (places are a special kind of objects) is now being tested against the requirements stated in the literature. Your feedback and questions will help in this process. Bio: Werner Kuhn holds the Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is professor of Geographic Information Science. He is also the director of the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB. His main research and teaching goal is to make spatial information and computing accessible across domains and disciplines. Before joining UCSB in late 2013, Kuhn was a professor of Geoinformatics at the University of Munster, Germany, where he led MUSIL, an interdisciplinary semantic interoperability research lab. Kuhn is described as a leading expert in the area of geospatial semantics and especially known for his work on Semantic Reference Systems as well as his work on interaction metaphors for Geographic Information Systems. Recent research projects include the Linked Open Data University of Muenster (together with the university library), and a series of EU projects on geospatial services in the semantic web. — The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts. Please contact Kitty Currier (kcurrier@spatial.ucsb.edu) to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking. Follow spatial@ucsb on Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Google...