UCSB Center for Spatial Studies

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Coordinates: 34°24′57.8″N 119°50′40.8″W / 34.416056°N 119.844667°W / 34.416056; -119.844667

UCSB Center for Spatial Studies
HeadquartersSanta Barbara, California
Werner Kuhn
Associate Director
Krzysztof Janowicz

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb) is a research center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The center was founded in 2008 by Michael Goodchild,[1] and focuses on spatial thinking, spatial intelligence, geoinformatics, geographic information science, and geographic information systems. The center is currently directed by Werner Kuhn and Krzysztof Janowicz. With its multidisciplinary focus, the center hosts speakers, workshops, visiting researchers, and offers an academic Minor in Spatial Studies. The center's mission is to engage in interdisciplinary research and education in how people and technology solve spatial problems.

The center is affiliated with the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and maintains TeachSpatial, a set of educational resources for spatial thinking.

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  1. ^ "Esri ArcWatch October 2008 - spatial@ucsb--A New Kind of Campus GIS Center?". www.esri.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  2. ^ Janelle, Donald G.; Hegarty, Mary; Newcombe, Nora S. (2014). "Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum: A Report on a Specialist Meeting". Spatial Cognition & Computation. 14 (2): 124–141. doi:10.1080/13875868.2014.888558.