As part of our community relations, we organize spatial@ucsb.local, an annual poster and plenary session that brings together the local community of academics, students, and the public and private sectors around themes in spatial thinking and technology. Participants have the opportunity to showcase their recent work in poster format or in digital demonstrations.

spatial@ucsb.local2016, June 2, 2016

Spatial Information for Human Health

Open to the local community and campus wide, posters of research and creative works were exhibited at the annual spatial@ucsb.local2016 Poster and Plenary session. Read more.


spatial@ucsb.local2015, June 2, 2015

Spatial Search

spatial2015agendathumbOpen to the local community and campus wide, posters of research and creative works were exhibited at the annual spatial@ucsb.local2015 Poster and Plenary session. The event included the Channel Islands Regional GIS Panel Discussion and two keynote speakers, Pete Pirolli (Palo Alto Research Center) and Krzysztof Janowicz (Geography, UCSB). Read more.


spatial@ucsb.local2014, June 3, 2014

Spatially Enabled Smart Places

Spatial@local14 AgendaOpen to the local community and campus wide, posters of research and creative works were exhibited at the annual spatial@ucsb.local2014 Poster and Plenary session. Academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs and professionals came together with representatives from the private sector and industry to showcase how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity. Read more.

spatial@ucsb.local2013, June 6, 2013

Visualization of Spatial Data

FINAL_Invitation13Visualization of spatial data comes in many forms—from geo-referenced coordinates and areal units on a map to diagrams and the coding of sound with musical notation. The sources of such data include, among many others, human creativity, the Census, trajectories of movements from GPS, and the social networks represented by online contacts. Problem solving in the science, business, and design disciplines, and aesthetic renderings in the arts increasingly make use of spatial visualization technologies to represent and interpret the patterns and processes that define natural and human worlds at scales ranging from the molecular to the astronomical.

spatial@ucsb.local2013 brought together leading contributors to the art and science of visualization for demonstrations of applications and discussion. The Visualization of Spatial Data Plenary Session featured presentations by Jason Dykes (School of Informatics, City University London), JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (Media Arts and Technology Program, UCSB), and Ross Whitaker (Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI, University of Utah).

Agenda for the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) Meeting (also open to the public)

10:00am CIRGIS Introduction, Zacharias Hunt

10:10am New California Website and Resources, Mary Cook-Hurley

10:25am Taking GIS onto the Cloud, Katja Krivoruchko

11:10am Map and Imagery Laboratory, Heidi Binder-Vitti

11:20am Announcement of the 2015 Aerial Project and wrap-up, Zacharias Hunt

View the spatial@local2013 Posters

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spatial@ucsb.local2012, June 6, 2012

Thinking Spatially

Spatial@local12 Invitation

spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, spatial@ucsb.local2012, highlighting the important contributions of spatial reasoning in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences, and in applications that serve societal needs.

Spatial Poster at event

spatial@ucsb.local2012 brought together educators and researchers from academia and practitioners from industry and government to share insights and experiences on the promotion of spatial literacy and its value to society. Plenary presentations and poster displays illustrated how spatial technologies and spatial reasoning facilitate learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; promote excellence in applied science; enhance creativity in the arts and humanities; and contribute to the informed appreciation of space and place in everyday life.

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spatial@ucsb.local11, June 2, 2011

Marine GIS

Spatial@local11 Invitation

spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, spatial@ucsb.local11, inviting the campus community, urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, and researchers, to view displays highlighting how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems.

Spatial Poster at event

The theme for presentations was Marine GIS. Tours and a plenary session highlighted the important contributions of geographic information systems (GIS) to the basic science of land-ocean environments, to the documentation of human impacts and ecological changes, and to the assessment of conflicting demands for habitat maintenance and restoration and human desires for recreation and economic opportunities. spatial@ucsb.local11 brought together marine and geographic information scientists, GIS users from public agencies and private firms, and students to share information about the use of spatial technologies to help study, understand, and make responsible decisions about central California’s marine environment.

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spatial@ucsb.local10, June 1, 2010

GIS for Disaster Planning and Response

Spatial Poster at event

spatial@ucsb hosted its annual poster display, spatial@ucsb.local10, inviting the campus community, urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, and researchers, to view displays highlighting how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems.

Spatial@local10

The theme for presentations, was GIS for Disaster Planning and Response, featuring an introduction by Michael Goodchild (Department of Geography and spatial@ucsb) and presentations by Alan Glennon (spatial@ucsbGrass Roots Crisis Mapping), Andrew Shroeder (Direct Relief International, the SB County SoVI Project), and Michael Harris (SB County Office of Emergency Services, GIS in Emergency Management in SB County).

The general public was also invited to the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) annual meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group. The day’s event and activities wrapped up at 4:00 p.m. by Keith Clarke (Department of Geography).

View the spatial@local10 Presentations and Posters.

spatial@ucsb.local09, June 2, 2009

2007 Spatial Launch

Urban and regional planners, local, state, and national agencies, consultants, researchers, were invited to prepare displays at Corwin Pavilion to highlight how GIS and spatial technologies contribute to understanding our region and solving its problems.

Spatial Poster at eventTours of the AlloSphere were arranged in conjunction with this poster display, and the Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) held its meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group. View the spatial@local09 Posters

spatial@ucsb.local08, May 29, 2008

Spatial Inauguration

With the theme of Connecting our Region through GIS and Geospatial Technologies, the 2008 inauguration of spatial@ucsb featured 59 posters from the Departments of Media Arts and Technology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, and Psychology on campus, and from various government agencies and consultants in the private sector displayed the use of spatial technologies to solve problems in their respective fields.

Channel Islands Regional GIS (CIRGIS) took advantage of this opportunity to convene its quarterly meeting of the Ventura/Santa Barbara ESRI ArcGIS Users Group at UCSB and then attend the inaugural ceremony. CIRGIS is a support group of GIS that consists of planning professionals that meet regularly to share insights on geospatial solutions to local problems.

Read more about the Inauguration in Vertices, Issue I

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Last modified: June 10, 2016