Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory

CyberGIS for Fostering Geospatial Discovery and Innovation

June 12, 2013

Shaowen Wang
Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (Primary), Computer Science, and Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
11 am – 12 noon
Argonne National Laboratory
TCS Building 240
Room 1406/1407

Geographic information systems (GIS) have undergone rapid growth since their initial development during the mid-1960s. It is clear that this growing trend will persist into the foreseeable future driven by numerous diverse applications and enabled by steady progress of related technologies. As a spatial data deluge permeates broad scientific and societal realms, to sustain the trend, however, requires innovative GIS capabilities to be developed based on synergistic integration of computational and geospatial approaches enabled by cyberinfrastructure – an emerging infrastructure of communication, computing, and information technologies.

CyberGIS – defined as cyberinfrastructure-based GIS – has been developed as a fundamentally new GIS modality comprising a seamless blending of cyberinfrastructure, GIS, and spatial analysis and modeling capabilities and, thus, has begun to empower scientific breakthroughs and show broad societal impacts while contributing to the advancement of cyberinfrastructure. This presentation discusses opportunities and challenges, roadmaps for research and development, and major progress, trends, and impacts of CyberGIS.

A geospatial data viewer
A geospatial data viewer [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]