UCGIS Webinar: Spatial Universities

Dec 2, 2014 • Categories: Event | News | Related Initiatives | Research

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) invites you to join for their next webinar, The How and Why of Spatial Universities, on Tuesday, December 2, 4-5pm EST (1-2pm PST). The How and Why of Spatial Universities (link) by Dr. David Cowen, Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of South Carolina As the presence and use of geospatial technologies expands in higher education, the idea of a “spatial university” is emerging. Many believe that the identification of exemplary universities that foster spatial thinking and research across the campus would elevate the structure of our discipline, provide an avenue for highlighting particularly strong programs, and add prestige to selected universities. These ideas have begun to be explored during a recent Specialist’s Meeting at UC Santa Barbara and by Esri, but the final vision remains open. Ideally the process would encourage innovation and provide examples of best practices to be replicated across other institutions. First, however, there must be wide-spread acceptance by a broad GIS community of criteria and metrics that reflect success and quality. This webinar will focus on the merits of identifying spatial universities and describe scenarios and alternatives for their selection. We will present feedback on this initiative that has been gathered at previous forums, and provide an opportunity for UCGIS members and others to express their opinions about the concept.  Read...

GIS Day@UCSB Geography

Nov 18, 2014 • Categories: Event | GIS Day | Related Initiatives

GIS day is the third Wednesday of November in each year, during the Geography Awareness Week. As a global event, GIS day provides a great opportunity for GIS users and researchers to exchange ideas and present works to a wide audience. To celebrate this special day for spatial studies, we will hold a lightning talk on Nov. 18th (Tuesday) at the UCSB Center for Spatial...

Spatial Cognition 2014

Jul 14, 2014 • Categories: Featured | Related Initiatives | Research

The Center for Spatial Studies invites you to participate in Spatial Cognition 2014. Bremen, Germany, 15–19 September 2014 Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, and utilization of knowledge about spatial objects and environments, be it real, virtual, or abstract, human or machine. Spatial Cognition comprises research in different scientific fields insofar as they are concerned with cognitive agents and space, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and education. Research issues in the field range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation, including aspects such as wayfinding, spatial planning, spatial learning, internal and external representations of space, and communication of spatial information. SC 2014 will bring together researchers working on spatial cognition from all these perspectives. Read...

The Vespucci Initiative

spatial@ucsb promotes the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information in Science. “The importance of Amerigo Vespucci as an explorer is recognized by the naming of two continents after him. However, equally important is that he knew he had discovered a New World, based on well founded deductions on the circumference of the earth. By computing a near exact measurement of longitude he revolutionized cosmography, and bridged through knowledge the Old and New Continents. He was a true Renaissance man, with broad multi-disciplinary education, ready to use his intellect and scientific methods…” Read more. See the Vespucci Institutes...