UCSB Creates eScholarship Spatial Archives for NCGIA, CSISS, and spatial@ucsb

Oct 30, 2015 • Categories: Featured | News | Projects | Resources

The 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: * Center for Spatial Studies (http://escholarship.org/uc/spatial_ucsb), since 2007; * Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (http://escholarship.org/uc/spatial_ucsb_csiss), 1999‒2013; and * National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (including Varenius, the NCGIA project to advance the science of geographic information) (http://escholarship.org/uc/spatial_ucsb_ncgia), 1988‒1999. 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...

Spatial Archives

Jul 1, 2015 • Categories: Featured | News | Projects | Research | Resources

The Center for Spatial Studies is creating an archive through the California Digital Library’s e-Scholarship initiative to preserve in perpetuity,and to enhance access to, the accomplishments and publications of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis...

FlowMapper

  Tobler’s Flow Mapper Background Geographical movement is of crucial importance. This is because much change in the world is due to movement; the movement of people, ideas, money, or material. One way of depicting and analyzing geographical movement is by way of geographical maps. A convenient and rapid method of displaying movement data on such maps is therefore very useful. A flow mapping program is one approach to this objective. For in depth information see: Flow Mapper Tutorial, Tobler 2004 4.7MB Updated! (7-19-05) Movement Mapping, Tobler 2003 2.5 MB Experiments in Migration Mapping by Computer, Tobler 2003 500 kb About Flow Mapper In 2003 CSISS supported an effort to produce an interactive flow mapping program. The result is an updated Windows-based version of a program originally designed and programmed by Waldo Tobler in 1987. Tobler’s original application was updated by David Jones using Microsoft Visual Basic .Net and SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphics) for map rendering. It requires as input locational coordinates and a table of interaction between places. Additional input may include place names for the location coordinates and a file of boundary coordinates (the background map). The user has several menu options for producing a map. The program allows for the production of a total movement map shown by volume-scaled bands, net movement given by scaled arrows, or simultaneous two-way moves. Flow Mapper Functionality in ArcGIS Flow Data Model Tools consist of several ArcGIS 9.x VBA macros. The prototype software integrates the functionality of Flow Mapper into ArcGIS, and allows ArcGIS interaction with the Flow Data Model. Source code and further information. Flow Mapper Requirements Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP Microsoft Dot.Net Framework Installed Microsoft Internet Explorer (Required to display maps properly) Scalable Vector Graphics Support for Internet Explorer: Adobe SVG Plugin 3.x or higher C:temp folder Installng Flow Mapper Remove any existing version of Flow Mapper (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs). Verify that your operating system meets the requirements above. Install the .Net Framework if necessary. Many newer Windows machines already come pre-installed with it. Go to Start > Control Panel, the .Net Framework Management Icon will be visible if it is installed (you may need to look in Administrative Tools.) If not visible you will need to Download and install the .Net Framework (21MB) If you you have not done so previously, install Adobe SVG Plugin. If you are unsure, install it again. Download and install Adobe SVG Viewer (2.4MB) Make sure C:Temp (c:temp) exists, the application uses this directory to write temporary files. Download and install Flow Mapper (22MB), unzip the files on temporary directory and run setup.exe. Flow mapper will be installed and a shortcut will be placed in...

Gigalopolis

Project Gigalopolis Project Gigalopolis is the growing urban structure containing billions of people worldwide. Urban settlements and their connectivity will be the dominant driver of global change during the twenty-first century. Intensely impacting land, atmospheric, and hydrologic resources, urban dynamics has now surpassed the regional scale of megaloplolis and must now be considered as a continental and global scale phenomenon. Project Gigalopolis extends and refines the Clarke urban growth model enabling predictions at regional, continental and eventually global scales. For more information, visit Project...

Varenius

Project Varenius Project Varenius aims to foster research in the following areas of geographic information science: computational implementation of geographic concepts cognitive models of geographic space geographies of the information society For more information, visit Project...

Battuta

Project Battuta Project Battuta is an interdisciplinary research initiative to investigate the potential of emerging technologies and geospatial information resources to bring new functionalities to mobile field data collection. Research projects are underway in four main areas: Infrastructure designs to support use of geospatial information in heterogeneous mobile field computing environments Scientific software tools for sampling and conflation in limited field computing environments Wearable computing environments and interface designs Methodological approaches to using and collecting geospatial data in federal statistical surveys Research is being prototyped and explored using a testbed environment. A variety of geospatial data sources have been assembled for a small area in Iowa that is undergoing urban development and experiencing a reduction in wetlands and prime farmland. The concepts created under Project Battuta are being developed with environmental and demographic applications in mind. The infrastructure design readily extends to less structured information gathering settings such as crisis management and law enforcement. For more information, visit Project...