A two-day specialist meeting will discuss the challenges of spatial thinking in different disciplines, cognitive analyses of spatial thinking processes, and current best practices in educating spatial thinking.
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:
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.
Marking the beginning of National Science Foundation funding for the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at its three sites, UC 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.