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Michael Goodchild, Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Mike Goodchild is the unchallenged global leader of Geographic Information (or systems) Science. This seeks to conceptualize the complexities of field- and object-based geographic phenomena as manifested across both the traditional physical and ‘hard' social sciences. Based on this, he has led research teams which have created new analytical methods for integration and analysis of very large spatial databases, leading to a $20bn+ industry. The quality and innovative nature of his work have led to him being elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a gold medalist of the Royal Geographical Society."

Mike Goodchild receives 2010 UCGIS Award

Mike Goodchild was recently contacted by alumna Professor Dawn Wright (Oregan State University; Ph.D. in UCSB Physical Geography and Marine Geology, 1994) in her role as Chair of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award committee: “It is my great pleasure and privilege to inform you that you have been selected as the recipient of the 2010 UCGIS Research Award. This award is given to the creator(s) of a particularly outstanding research work or series of works as published in a peer-reviewed medium, and that makes a significant contribution to geographic information science. Your professional and personal contributions to geographic information science research are highly regarded, and the award committee noted in particular your work on spatial data accuracy in GIS, based on measurement theory and visualizing error. We are therefore extremely pleased to recognize your important accomplishments and continuing contributions!”

GIS and Population Science Summer Workshops 2010
SPACE Summer Workshops 2007
New Journal for Spatial Social Sciences Seeks Articles

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences (LSRS) publishes high-quality, shorter papers on
theoretical or empirical results, models and methods in social sciences that contain a spatial
dimension. For more information, see the announcement and call for papers for the first issue, to
appear in March 2008. The editors are Henk Folmer, Luc Anselin, Roberta Capello,
and Yoshiro Higano. Additional details appear at and in
the (pdf) First Announcement and Call for Papers.

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Digital Gazetteer Research and Practice

A 2 1/2-day workshop for the presentation, discussion, and summarization of current
issues and opportunities.
Convened by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of
California, Santa Barbara, and the Redlands Institute.
Sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Location: Upham Hotel, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Dates: Early evening of Thursday, December 7, 2006 through late on Saturday December 9th
(participants will depart early Sunday)

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Social Science Computer Review solicits proposals for special issues on crime mapping

The "Social Science Computer Review", a peer-reviewed publication now in its 24th year
of publication, is planning a special issue on "Crime Mapping" and solicits proposals for
paper, reports, or book reviews. The issue will appear in 2007. Details about the journal
can be found at:

The "Social Science Computer Review" has an audience of social scientists, most of them
never having done crime mapping. Therefore we are not necessarily looking for papers on
technical refinements on cutting edge procedures.
On the other hand, a paper would have to have some innovative aspect, doing more than showing
that one can map crime variables. The key criteria in mind is, "What interesting things can
social scientists do with these tools beyond what they probably already know, like dot mapping?"
In addition to the field of criminology we are also encouraging papers to be submitted from all
disciplines that incorporate the spatial perspectives of, but not limited to, inequality,
residential stability, unemployment, access to resources, economic opportunities, housing
availability, migration, segregation, and neighborhood effects as they relate to crime.

Those interested may email me, the guest editor, by Monday, July 31, 2006
with an abstract at
Papers accepted will be due by mid to end October.

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Vespucci Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science
     26 June to 7 July 2006. Fiesole (Florence), Italy.
The Summer Institute is aimed at researchers from the university, commercial, and government sectors.
It provides an inspiring and productive opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction with leading international
experts in the field.
The Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science announces the
4th Annual Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science
Fattoria Montebeni (
near Fiesole (Florence), Italy 26 June to 7 July 2006 (two, one-week sessions).
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GIS and Population Science Summer Workshops 2006
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SPACE Summer Workshops 2006
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