Our pre-Symposium Workshops will be held on Monday June 10, 2019.  Workshops are FREE for individuals from UCGIS member institutions who are also registered to attend the Symposium. For anyone not attending the Symposium, or not from a member institution, a fee will be charged to participate. Registration for the Symposium and the Workshops will open in December 2018.
Geospatial Humanities: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach
  • Description:  In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in a geographic perspective in the humanities. Broadly categorized, two approaches have emerged. The first, the spatial humanities, has focused on GIS and GIScience as tools and methods of inquiry, with a quantitative perspective and an emphasis on representation. Examples include historical GIS, geolingusitics, big data techniques, etc. The geohumanities approach focuses on qualitative methods, cultural studies, and critical human geographies, with an emphasis on place. Examples include literary cartographies.

    We propose a one-day workshop to be held at 2019 UCGIS Symposium in Washington, DC. The workshop will expose participants to both approaches with the goal of progressing towards a geospatial humanities method of inquiry. Geospatial humanities projects are by definition multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, but with this workshop we argue for a step towards a transdisciplinary model of collaboration, where transdisciplinarity is defined as the integration of multiple disciplines from the natural and social sciences that transcends their traditional boundaries (revised from Choi and Pak, 2006). A multi-methods approach, collaborative research across fields, and the integration of disciplinary perspectives are among the key elements of the digital and geospatial humanities research paradigm.

  • Location: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC; Room TBA
  • Time & DateFrom 8:30 am - 5 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, with a 60-minute break at mid-day.
  • Requirements: TBA.
  • Instructors: Alberto Giordano (Texas State University) and others, TBA


Space-Time Analysis for Human Dynamics Research

  • Description:  Human activities and interactions continue to evolve with the changing technologies, society, and environment.  Due to technological advancements in information and communication technology, location-aware technology, and mobile technology over the past few decades, we have seen significant changes in human activity and interaction patterns in both physical and virtual spaces that are closely tied to the changing economic, social, cultural, and political systems in today’s world.  However, our understanding of these changes is rather limited and the research community is facing challenges of developing new approaches and methods of pursuing human dynamics research in a hybrid physical-virtual space and in a space-time context. This workshop will focus on the introduction of some recent research approaches and analytical tools for spatiotemporal modeling and analysis of human dynamics research, such as human mobility, event mapping, information diffusion modeling over space and time, connections between online activities and real-world human behaviors, and knowledge discovery and machine learning tools.  It also will provide an opportunity of building a community of junior researchers and senior doctoral students who are interested in pursuing human dynamics research for smart and connected communities.  During the workshop, participants will learn about human dynamics research frontiers and gain hands-on experiences of using data, tools, and prototype systems developed from research projects conducted by the instructors such as:
  • LocationDupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC. Room TBA. 
  • Time & Date: From 8:30 am - 5 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, with a 60-minute break at mid-day.
  • Requirements: Participants will be expected to bring their own laptop computers. Internet access will be provided. 
  • Instructors: Shih-Lung Shaw (University of Tennessee) and Xinyue Ye (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

GIScience Education Priorities: Mapping Out the Coming Decades, or at Least, the Next Five Years!

  • Description:  In 1997, 45 GIS researchers and educators from 30 UCGIS member institutions participated in education priorities working groups to hammer out eight national GIS education priorities that were endorsed by the UCGIS council. These priorities addressed (1) emerging technologies for delivering GIScience Education; (2) infrastructure to support instruction; (3) access and equity; (4) alternative designs for curriculum content and evaluation; (5) professional GIS programs; (6) research-based graduate GIS education; (7) learning with GIS; and (8) accreditation and certification. The goal of this workshop will be to evaluate, update, and create a new list of GIScience Education Priorities. Using the 1997 white papers as a starting point, the workshop participants will evaluate the relevance of the original priorities to current practice in GIScience education, revise them as needed, and propose new priorities for the coming years. The workshop product will be an annotated list of education priorities that will be presented and discussed during the education session at the 2019 Symposium. The list of priorities will also provide valuable input into discussions about the future of UCGIS to be held at both the 2019 and 2020 Symposia.
  • Location: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC; Room TBA
  • Time & DateFrom 8:30 am - 12 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Requirements: TBA.
  • InstructorsSteve Moore (University of Redlands)

Developing Cyber Literacy for GIScience One Hour at a Time

  • Description:  Nearly everyone on the planet is impacted by the combination of geospatial technologies and cyberinfrastructure ranging from GPS to machine learning. Yet, educating and training future GIScientists to use these new cyber technologies remains a challenge. In this workshop, educators will discuss how to help students develop Cyber Literacy for GIScience, which is defined as “the ability to understand and use established and emerging technologies to transform all forms and magnitudes of geospatial data into information for interdisciplinary problem solving” (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00330124.2018.1518720) Participants will learn about how a new NSF-funded project called the Hour of Cyberinfrastructure (Hour of CI) will help educators expose their students (and themselves) to these new cyber concepts and technologies using a freely available lessons and web-based tools. We will share tips, tricks, and maybe even a story of frustration or two. Come join it will be a lot of fun.
  • Location: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC; Room TBA
  • Time & DateFrom 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Requirements: TBA.
  • InstructorsEric Shook (University of Minnesota) and others TBA