Spatial Discovery III

Discovery III, the third and final specialist meeting on the topic of spatial discovery, marks the culmination of research and prototyping efforts to make research data discoverable by location. The meeting will expand discussions from the prior meeting held in May 2017, with the substantial new turn toward discovery in topic spaces. Recent developments at UCSB include experimentation with the expansion of visualization in ArcGIS Online to topic spaces and the propelling of research data curation efforts on campus through an NSF-supported pilot project. In addition to sharing and discussing research and development, the meeting seeks to discuss future prospects for enabling spatial discovery in a university library setting. Building on the productive disciplinary mixes of the 2015 and 2017 meetings,  librarians will again meet with GIS and information retrieval experts. For more information, please contact Karen Doehner...

Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018)

The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) Full Conference Website  The 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) hosted by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara took place at the Kimpton Canary Hotel on October 15–18, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. Attended by more than 90 participants, the conference convened to discuss the rapid advancement and ubiquitous penetration of mobile networks, Web-based information creation and sharing, and software-defined networking technology enable us to sense, predict and control the physical world using information technology. To maximize the social and economic benefit of the technology, issues of interoperability, data and service mash-ups, the development of open platforms, and standardization across technology layers must also be addressed. Pervasive connectivity, smart devices and demand for data testify to an IoT that will continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Computing power is dropping in price while new sensors are being developed and incorporated into everyday objects, and as people buy into IoT technology, economies of scale lend themselves to the creation of ever more data-centric businesses. Instrumenting and connecting devices has massive potential to deliver value, but there is need for a coordinated effort when rolling out the next generation of self-reporting paradigms. With strong support from industry and academia, the International Conference Series on the Internet of Things has become the premier gathering place for visionary, academic researchers and practitioners in the IoT domain. Proceedings of the conference will be...

Thinkspatial: Matto Mildenberger

Oct 10, 2017 • Categories: Core | Event | News | ThinkSpatial

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents The Spatial Distribution of U.S. Climate and Energy Beliefs Matto Mildenberger Department of Political Science University of California, Santa Barbara 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) Abstract: Addressing climate change in the United States requires enactment of national, state, and local mitigation and adaptation policies. The success of these initiatives depends on public opinion, policy support and behaviors at appropriate scales. Public opinion, however, is typically measured with national surveys that obscure geographic variability across regions, states and localities. Matto Mildenberger will present validated, high-resolution opinion estimates of public opinion using a multilevel regression and post-stratification model. The model accurately predicts climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences at the state, congressional district, metropolitan, and county levels, using a concise set of demographic and geographic predictors. Mildenberger will also share research extensions to map the spatial distribution of Republican and Democrat partisan opinions, and to model the spatially-resolved responsiveness of U.S. communities to messaging experiments. — 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 Karen Dohner (kdoehner@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...

Leadership Workshop on Location Analytics in Business

Location Analytics in Business Hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara and Esri, Inc. Wednesday, January 31 to Friday, February 2, 2018, at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Final Report [pdf] 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 prepared selected early-career researchers to do just that. Participants interacted with leading scholars in geographic information science and other related fields, and led breakout discussions on relevant subtopics. Benefits to participants included understanding 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....

Spatial Discovery II

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 was an expanded awareness and adoption of spatial discovery and analysis in research and teaching, supported by novel library services. Partnering with the UCSB Library in this project, the Center for Spatial Studies convened a second expert meeting, “Spatial Discovery II,” at the Upham Hotel and the UCSB campus on May 11 and 12, 2017 in Santa Barbara. This meeting built 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 discussed were: 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, typically involved in research on data-seeking and its requirements, contributed expertise in Library Science, as well as in Geography and Computer science, pertaining to spatial information. Thursday, May 11 was devoted to discussions in plenary and small-group sessions. Friday, May 12 was spent in part on campus, demonstrating first project results and involving campus researchers and administrators in a discussion of how to move forward.          ...