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Spatial Thinking in the Social Sciences and Humanities
December 18-19, 2006
This workshop brings together leading figures from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who use spatial analysis and GIS in their work. The objective is to reflect on how spatial thinking affects substantive findings and changes the way research questions are approached, and to assess the role of computation. The goal is to end up with useful insights and recommendations on the requirements for cyberenvironments and cyberinfrastructure for the social sciences and humanities.
In addition to the research component of this workshop, instructional staff, professors, students, researchers, and K-12 social science teachers are invited to participate in a hands-on introduction to ArcGIS, a GIS and mapping program. This training will focus on conducting classroom activities using GIS and will be held concurrently with break-out sessions from the main program on Dec. 19. This portion of the workshop will be led by Maryalice S. Wu and Dawn Owens-Nicholson of the Atlas Group (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Larry Thurow of Parkland College. Materials and software will be supplied to those who attend.
For details on participating in the workshop via the Access Grid, check the AGScheduler.
Funding for this workshop was provided by the National Science Foundation-funded EPIC (Engaging People in Cyberinfrastructure) project.