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 Map Making and Visualization of Spatial Data in the Social Sciences

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Photo from a workshop participant, Michele Campagna.Map Making and Visualization of Spatial Data
in the Social Sciences

Santa Barbara, CA
July 22-26, 2002.

Host Institution
Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA


  • Sara Fabrikant - Workshop Coordinator
  • Keith Clarke, and Waldo Tobler (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Barbara P. Buttenfield (University of Colorado-Boulder)
  • Mark Gahegan, and Frank Hardisty (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Jeremy Crampton (Georgia State University)
  • Wolf-Dieter Rase (Federal Office for Building and Spatial Planning, Germany)

The Workshop
Photo from a workshop participant, Michele Campagna.This workshop introduces spatial information design and geographic visualization for the Social Sciences. Sessions will cover principles of scientific visualization, graphic design and cartographic symbolization, thematic mapping of statistical data over space and time, as well as geographic visualization for spatial data exploration and knowledge construction.

Exercises will permit participants to design digital, static maps using current mapping software (e.g. ArcView), and work with a state-of-the-art interactive geographic visualization tool (e.g. GeoVista Studio). By the end of the workshop participants will be able to produce high quality cartographic displays and have experience processing cartographic data for spatial visualization of patterns and processes of interest to social science researchers.

There is no principal reference text for this course. A small library with recommended items will be made available during the week. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets/mapping projects. We suggest bringing empty ZIP disks (100 and 250MB) for back up of individual lab work.

There are no registration fees associated with CSISS workshops. Eligibility for attendance is determined through a competitive application process. Additionally, successful applicants may receive a $500 scholarship to help offset travel and lodging expenses. Full details will be outlined in letters of acceptance.



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