[OSGeo-Announce] Open Source Geospatial Lab established at CAGIS, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Anne Ghisla a.ghisla at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 03:35:54 PDT 2013

We are pleased to announce the establishment of ICA-OSGeo Lab at the
Center for Applied GIScience (CAGIS), University of North Carolina at
Charlotte (UNCC), USA. CAGIS is an interdisciplinary research center
that focuses on using advanced space-time theories, methods, and
technologies in cutting-edge Geographic Information Science for complex
geographical problem-solving. Based on the synergistic coupling of
spatiotemporal and computational thinking, major research themes of
CAGIS consist of 1) CyberGIS for large-scale geographical
problem-solving, 2) Land use/cover change and sustainability, 3)
Complexity theory and geospatial modeling, 4) Big data and space-time
analytics, 5) Remote sensing, sensor networks and volunteered
geographic information, 6) Computational intelligence for
geocomputational modeling, 7) Cartography and geovisualization, and 8)
Open source GIS. CAGIS has unique strength in these cutting-edge
research themes and has intensive interest in their applications in
alternative spatially integrated domains, including environmental
studies, ecology, earth science, hydrology, spatial epidemiology,
social science, transportation, urban regional analysis and policies.
More details at http://gis.uncc.edu .

This open source geospatial laboratory (https://gis.uncc.edu/osgl) is a
joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The lab will be led
by Dr. Wenwu Tang (Executive director of CAGIS) and Dr. Xingjian Liu
with support from two full-time permanent positions: Director of
Research & Outreach (John B. Vogler) and Resident Systems Administrator
(Jason Watson). The facility has a well-equipped computational
laboratory specializing in technologies for spatial analysis and
geocomputation, spatial cyberinfrastructure, and big spatial data. It
has also has access to advanced supercomputing computing resources held
by US NSF XSEDE (https://www.xsede.org/), Open Science Grid
(http://www.opensciencegrid.org/), RENCI (Renaissance Computing
Institute; http://www.renci.org/), and URC (University Research
Computing; http://www.urc.uncc.edu/) at UNC Charlotte.

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is
to support and promote the collaborative development of open source
geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline
dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of
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