Do you need help with GIS?
As part of the Center’s effort to promote spatial thinking, techniques, and tools across campus, each Friday morning spatial@ucsb offers “GIS help desk” research consultations. The free service is staffed by a Center graduate student and is open to the entire campus community. The primary focus is on research design and implementation for faculty, staff, and graduate student projects. Also, the help desk serves as a point of departure to connect to the spatial resources available across campus, such as expert personnel, instructional materials, and software.
Since the consultation program began in 2008, support requests have ranged from simple cartographic design advice to complex, multistep spatial information modeling. Sample projects that have received technical support from the spatial@ucsb help desk include:
- inventorying food preparation sites of California prehistoric peoples (Department of Anthropology)
- modeling harvest pattern change following the creation of a marine preserve (Bren School)
- assessing crime patterns near various categories of media distribution sites (Department of Communication)
- routing police patrols to disrupt gang activity (Department of Economics)
- mapping Asian communication infrastructure (Department of Film and Media Studies)
- delineating information flows for disaster mapping (Department of Geography)
- analyzing transportation networks and socioeconomic factors on access to education in a developing nation (Department of Geography)
- identifying dangerous bridges with respect to pedestrian traffic (Department of Political Science)
- assessing cartographic arrangement against spatial cognition (Department of Psychology), and
- prescribing maintenance schedules for campus road, parking lot, and paths by quantitatively modeling condition (Design and Construction Services)
Interested researchers are encouraged to contact spatial@ucsb for a consultation appointment.
Drop-ins also are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.