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The How and Why of Spatial Universities
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Category: Webinars

As the presence and use of geospatial technologies expands in higher education, the idea of a “spatial university” is emerging. Many believe that the identification of exemplary universities that foster spatial thinking and research across the campus would elevate the structure of our discipline, provide an avenue for highlighting particularly strong programs, and add prestige to selected universities. These ideas have begun to be explored during a recent Specialist’s Meeting at UC Santa Barbara(link is external) and by Esri(link is external), but the final vision remains open. Ideally the process would encourage innovation and provide examples of best practices to be replicated across other institutions. First, however, there must be wide-spread acceptance by a broad GIS community of criteria and metrics that reflect success and quality.
This webinar will focus on the merits of identifying spatial universities and describe scenarios and alternatives for their selection. We will present feedback on this initiative that has been gathered at previous forums, and provide an opportunity for UCGIS members and others to express their opinions about the concept. 

Presenter: Dr. David J. Cowen is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, and a UCGIS Fellow. He served as the chair of the NRC Mapping Science Committee and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. He is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and former member of the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources.

This webinar is premium content and a link to its recording can be found by logged-in Members in the Community Forum section of our website.