[Geo4All] Take a 15-min survey to help conceptualize a national geospatial software institute

Wang, Shaowen shaowen at illinois.edu
Fri Jan 12 20:33:28 PST 2018

Dear colleagues,

Geospatial software has been widely developed and used by numerous communities to transform data with geo and spatial references into valuable insights and significant scientific knowledge. The growing benefits and importance of geospatial software to science and engineering is driven by tremendous needs in numerous fields such as agriculture, ecology, emergency management, environmental engineering and sciences, geography and spatial sciences, geosciences, national security, public health, and social sciences, to name just a few, and is reflected by a massive digital geospatial industry.

The National Science Foundation has recently funded a project (http://gsi.cigi.illinois.edu<http://gsi.cigi.illinois.edu/>) to conceptualize a Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure that can serve diverse research and education communities. Specifically, broad community inputs are sought to help design the GSI for: 1) transforming geospatial software contributed by communities into open software for geospatial big data; 2) establishing best practices for computational reproducibility in computation- and/or data-intensive scientific research and education that are dependent on geospatial software; and 3) advancing high-performance geospatial software while making synergistic contributions to the National Strategic Computing Initiative. This survey aims to gain in-depth understanding of geospatial software challenges and opportunities with regard to requirements for the GSI by various science communities, and should take about 15 minutes. Your participation by January 25, 2018 would be greatly appreciated.

To access the survey, please click on the link below:

- NSF GSI Survey Committee

  *   William Barley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (Co-Chair)
  *   Shaowen Wang, UIUC (Co-Chair)
  *   Donna Cox, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), UIUC
  *   Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
  *   Daniel S. Katz, NCSA, UIUC
  *   Paul Morin, University of Minnesota
  *   Anand Padmanabhan, UIUC
  *   Margaret Palmer, University of Maryland

Thanks & best,

Shaowen Wang

Professor and Department Head
    Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
Affiliate Professor
    Computer Science, Information Sciences, Urban & Regional Planning
Founding Director
    CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies
    CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Room 2046, Natural History Building, 1301 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801
Email: shaowen at illinois.edu; Web: https://www.geog.illinois.edu
Office: +1 (217) 3337608; Skype & Twitter: swuiuc

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