Minor in Spatial Studies

Course requirements Complete Course Listing Summer 2018 Course Listings Fall 2018 Course Listings View Minor flyer Please note: Geography majors are now eligible for the Minor in Spatial Studies. The Center for Spatial Studies is pleased to cooperate with the Department of Geography and the College of Letters and Science to provide advisory support for students seeking to complement their disciplinary majors with a Minor in Spatial Studies. Spatial Studies is framed as an interdisciplinary minor that recognizes the many disciplinary origins of innovations in spatial reasoning, representation, and analysis. All advising is now done through the Department of Geography. General information or document submission: General advising, 1834 Ellison Hall ; Academic advising: during fall quarter, 3512 Phelps Hall; or by appointment: Werner Kuhn. With upper-division courses from more than two-dozen disciplines listed for the minor, students can tap into a creative mix of ideas and tools to enhance their majors and career orientations with spatial perspectives. For the Minor in Spatial Studies, a student selects one of three focus areas that allies most clearly with his/her areas of disciplinary and/or career interest. These include: (a) Spatial Thinking, (b) Space and Place, and (c) Spatial Science. The curricula for these areas of study include a breadth of courses that reflect the pervasive nature of spatial reasoning across diverse fields of knowledge. Focus in Spatial Thinking The Spatial Thinking focus emphasizes spatial cognition and reasoning associated with problem solving and representation, and applications of both elementary and complex reasoning processes in different domains of human activity and knowledge development. This focus represents a concentration on the science of spatial learning at individual and societal levels, and on the mental associations that facilitate learning about and functioning within human and natural environments. Focus in Spatial Science The Spatial Science focus emphasizes the analysis and visualization of information, featuring courses that build methodological and technological competencies for documenting space-time patterns and processes about phenomena in the physical world as well as about behavior and its consequences in the human world. In the design disciplines (including some branches of engineering) the focus is on problem solving and product development that frequently entails the (re)arrangement of spatial entities and documentation of the consequences thereafter. Focus in Space and Place The Space and Place focus builds on courses that apply spatial reasoning and visualization in the humanities. Examples include creative and aesthetic renderings (e.g., stories, visualizations, sounds, and fine arts), the design of lived-in environments that reflect and accommodate human values and activities, the documentation and assessment of affinity to sense of place and region, and communication through use of spatial metaphor and spatialized languages. Geography W12 (Maps and Spatial Reasoning), the required common course for the minor, treats the...

GIS Help Desk Workshops

Past Workshops Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS Date & Time: Monday, May 23, 2016, 09:00am–11:00am Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary to attend. This is a 2-hour introduction to digital spatial data in which you will learn to: Visualize spatial data in a geographic information system Explore different ArcGIS tools for spatial analysis, including overlay analysis and choropleth mapping Identify 7 common file formats used with spatial data Learn about data resources available to you at the UCSB Library Produce a map to print or share online Laptop Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Date & Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 11:00am–1:00pm Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: ArcGIS Pro, the newest application included with ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop, is designed to help GIS professionals complete their projects and share their results more quickly and easily than ever before. With its modern ribbon interface and tight integration of 2D and 3D capabilities, ArcGIS Pro will streamline the way you do your GIS work. Instructor: Song Gao Laptop Installation of ArcGIS Desktop Date & Time: Friday, January 22, 2016, 1:00–5:00 pm Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: Hands-on tutorial on installing Esri ArcGIS Software Instructor: Song...

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...

Linked Data for GIScience

This page is a starter pack for faculty, students, and developers, who are interested in applying Linked Data solutions in the context of GIScience. OWL tutorials http://www.w3.org/TR/sw-oosd-primer http://www.w3schools.com/webservices/ws_rdf_owl.asp http://www.obitko.com/tutorials/ontologies-semantic-web/owl-example-with-rdf-graph.html https://code.google.com/p/tdwg-rdf/wiki/Beginners7OWL http://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/owl-101 Books David Wood et al. (2013) Linked Data: Structured data on the Web. Greenwich, CT: Manning. Development manuals Editors Protégé: http://protege.stanford.edu Geospatial resources W3C Geospatial Semantic Web (GeoSemWeb) Wiki Academic articles Kuhn, W, Kauppinen, T, Janowicz, K (2014). Linked data–A paradigm shift for geographic information science. In Geographic Information Science (pp. 173-186). [PDF] Scheider S, Degbelo A, Kuhn W, Przibytzin H (2014). Content and context—How linked spatio-temporal data enables novel information services for libraries. GIS.Science (4): 138-149. Trame J, Keßler C, Kuhn W (2013). Linked Data and Time—Modeling Researcher Life Lines by Events. 11th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT). Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8116:...

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...