Our annual specialist meetings bring experts from academia and industry together to discuss a specific topic in depth. The proceedings of each event, including presentations and position papers, are made available online and stored in the Spatial Archives.
Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Cultures and Languages—2016
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. Read more.
Advancing the Spatially Enabled Smart Campus—2013
Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum—2012
This two-day specialist meeting discussed the challenges of spatial thinking in different disciplines, cognitive analyses of spatial thinking processes, and current best practices in educating spatial thinking.
Future Directions in Spatial Demography—2011
Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks—2010
December 13–14, 2010
A two-day workshop for the presentation, discussion, and summarization of current issues and opportunities on the topic of Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks was convened at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara. The primary presentations were as follows:
The social networking perspective (Kathleen Carley)
The geospatial perspective (Mike Goodchild)
The computational perspective (James Caverlee)
The visualization perspective (Shih-Lung Shaw)
The social perspective (Matt Zook)
Spatial Concepts in GIS and Design—2008
December 15–16, 2008
Discussions of the potential of integrating design more fully into GIS, and over the development of curriculum in spatial thinking were the objectives of the two-day specialist meeting. The central questions posed were:
“To what extent are the fundamental spatial concepts that lie behind GIS relevant in design?” “To what extent can the fundamental spatial concepts of design be addressed with GIS?” “Is it possible to devise a curriculum designed to develop spatial thinking in both GIS and design?”
The meeting was attended by 38 GIS and design specialists from the U.S. and Europe, and included a number of context-setting presentations and ample time for discussion in small groups. The group adjourned, agreeing to hold a follow-up discussion in January 2010, in Redlands, CA.
20th Anniversary of NCGIA—2008
December 10–12, 2008
Marking the beginning of National Science Foundation funding for the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at its three sites, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Maine, December 1, 2008 represented the twentieth anniversary of NCGIA. In honor of this occasion, a symposium was held at which retrospective and prospective analyses of the work of NCGIA were reviewed.