Spatial discovery and the research library

Jun 26, 2017 • Categories: Featured | 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...

Spatial Discovery Expert Meeting: Final Report

Aug 24, 2015 • Categories: Featured | News | Publications | Specialist Meetings

Final Report on our 2015 Specialist Meeting on Spatial Discovery Editors: Savannah Cooley,  Sara Lafia, Antonio Medrano, Denise Stephens, and Werner Kuhn This report summarizes a two-day expert meeting on “Spatial Discovery,” organized jointly by the Library and the Center for Spatial Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and held on June 16–17, 2015 at the Upham Hotel, in Santa Barbara. The 24 participants contributed expertise in Library Science, as well as knowledge pertaining to spatial information and relevant research on data-seeking behavior. Five keynote addresses as well as several plenary and break-out discussions explored the challenges, best practices, and potential strategies associated with the cross-platform discovery of spatial data in the context of modern libraries. Spatial Search – Final...

Spatial Approaches to Information Search CFP

Jul 31, 2015 • Categories: Featured | News | Publications | Research

Call for Papers: Spatial Cognition & Computation Special Issue on Spatial Approaches to Information Search Call for Papers Guest editors Andrea Ballatore, Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Werner Kuhn, Geography/Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB Mary Hegarty, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB Ed Parsons, Google We invite papers to be submitted to a special issue in the journal Spatial Cognition & Computation on spatial approaches to information search. Information search has become an enabler across the spectrum of human activity. Search engines process billions of queries each day and influence the visibility and accessibility of online content. Scientists search for meaningful patterns in massive data sets, while consumers search for products and services in a growing pool of options. Operating at two levels, there is a spatial component at the core of search. On one hand, search technologies rely on a spatial metaphor: We talk about going to our favorite web sites to help search for fragments in an overwhelmingly large space of documents, images, and videos. On the other hand, geographic space indexes information and refines search strategies, relying on the geo-location of entities to assess their relevance. While the spatial dimension of search is pervasive and foundational to many disciplines, it has not been adequately analyzed. The goal of this special issue is to fill this research gap by attracting contributions from disciplines such as cognitive psychology, geographic information science, linguistics, information science, and computer science. Topics of interest include: geographic information retrieval spatial search and uncertainty search models and algorithms for spatial information semantics of spatial search cognitive models for spatial information search human-computer interaction for spatial search visual search in spatial interfaces information foraging for spatial search All papers should lie within the scope of the journal (as defined on the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=hscc20). In particular, papers must address issues which are essentially spatial in nature, rather than general issues in information retrieval and search.  Important dates Expression of interest, including a 120 word abstract, should be sent to aballatore@spatial.ucsb.edu by March 31, 2015 Submission of full papers: July 31, 2015 Completion of review process (estimate): January 31, 2016 Submission instructions Submitted papers will be refereed by the usual standards of Spatial Cognition and Computation. Instructions for submitting a manuscript can be found on the journal’s website (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hscc20/current). Submissions will be handled through the submission system, Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hspcc), and should not exceed 6000 words....

Spatial Search: Final Report

Apr 6, 2015 • Categories: Featured | News | Publications | Specialist Meetings

Final Report on our 2014 Specialist Meeting on Spatial Search Editors: Andrea Ballatore,  Mary Hegarty, Werner Kuhn, and Ed Parsons This specialist meeting on the theme of spatial search provided a platform for exploring research frontiers at the interface of computer science, cognitive science, and other disciplines, especially in the context of geographically referenced information. This report reviews the discussions among 36 experts from academia and industry over two days, and draws attention to research gaps that will require broad interdisciplinary efforts over the next five to ten years. Spatial Search – Final...

Spatial Discovery

A private grant was awarded to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to study the challenges and strategies that libraries and researchers face in trying to discover linked spatial data via metadata on diverse platforms and in a variety of environments. The research is being carried out in a collaboration between the UCSB Library and the Center for Spatial Studies. The desired outcome of the Spatial Discovery project is to (1) develop and test a technical protocol enabling researchers to easily identify spatial data located across disparate web-accessible databases, repositories, and catalogs; and (2) to promote the evolution of the spatial university through expanded awareness of and adoption of spatial data and analysis in research and teaching. The resulting one-stop discovery mechanism will be suitable as a primary web-delivered search tool capable of functioning within a research data cloud, as well as a resource within institutional discovery frameworks. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory will promote increased integration of spatially-framed instructional and research activities across disciplines through targeted collaborative programming and outreach. In the first phase of this project, a Spatial Discovery Specialist Meeting was held in Santa Barbara on June 17-18, 2015. A report of this meeting has been published, and an in-depth white paper that goes in-depth on the methods and issues related to spatial discovery is currently in development. Period: 2015–active Co-PI’s: Denise Stephens (UCSB Library) and Werner Kuhn (Center for Spatial Studies) Researchers: Antonio Medrano, Sara Lafia, and Savannah Cooley Publications: Cooley, S., S. Lafia, A. Medrano, D. Stephens & W. Kuhn, (2015). Spatial discovery expert meeting–final report, E-Scholarship. Sara Lafia1, Jon Jablonski2, Werner Kuhn1, Savanah Cooley1, F. Antonio Medrano1, Spatial Discovery and the Research Library,...