[ESIP-all] Fwd: Take a 15-min survey to help conceptualize a national geospatial software institute

Annie Burgess annieburgess at esipfed.org
Tue Jan 16 12:21:03 EST 2018

Something of interest for the ESIP community.

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From: Paul Morin <lpaul at umn.edu>
Date: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Subject: [CRYOLIST] Take a 15-min survey to help conceptualize a national
geospatial software institute
To: cryolist at cryolist.org
Cc: "Wang, Shaowen" <shaowen at illinois.edu>

Dear colleagues,

Geospatial software has been widely developed and used by numerous
communities to transform data with geo and spatial references into valuable
insights and significant scientific knowledge. The growing benefits and
importance of geospatial software to science and engineering is driven by
tremendous needs in numerous fields such as agriculture, ecology, emergency
management, environmental engineering and sciences, geography and spatial
sciences, geosciences, national security, public health, and social
sciences, to name just a few, and is reflected by a massive digital
geospatial industry.

The National Science Foundation has recently funded a project (
http://gsi.cigi.illinois.edu) to conceptualize a Geospatial Software
Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure
that can serve diverse research and education communities. Specifically,
broad community inputs are sought to help design the GSI for: 1)
transforming geospatial software contributed by communities into open
software for geospatial big data; 2) establishing best practices for
computational reproducibility in computation- and/or data-intensive
scientific research and education that are dependent on geospatial
software; and 3) advancing high-performance geospatial software while
making synergistic contributions to the National Strategic Computing
Initiative. This survey aims to gain in-depth understanding of geospatial
software challenges and opportunities with regard to requirements for the
GSI by various science communities, and should take about 15 minutes. Your
participation by * January 25, 2018* would be greatly appreciated.

To access the survey, please click on the link below:


- NSF GSI Survey Committee

   - William Barley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
   - Shaowen Wang, UIUC (Co-Chair)
   - Donna Cox, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA),
   - Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
   - Daniel S. Katz, NCSA, UIUC
   - Paul Morin, University of Minnesota
   - Anand Padmanabhan, UIUC
   - Margaret Palmer, University of Maryland

Thanks & best,



Shaowen Wang

Professor and Department Head

    Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

Affiliate Professor

    Computer Science, Information Sciences, Urban & Regional Planning

Founding Director

    CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies

    CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Room 2046, Natural History Building, 1301 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

Email: shaowen at illinois.edu; Web: https://www.geog.illinois.edu

Office: +1 (217) 3337608 <(217)%20333-7608>; Skype & Twitter: swuiuc

Paul Morin
Polar Geospatial Center
R280 Learning & Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Ave
St Paul MN 55108

lpaul at umn.edu
612-625-6090 <(612)%20625-6090> direct
612-626-0505 <(612)%20626-0505> office
612-978-2964 <(612)%20978-2964> cell

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