Workshop on Geospatial Software: Connecting Big Data With Geospatial Discovery and Innovation


Date: January 28-30, 2018
Location: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

January 28, 2018

Working Dinner/Arrival by 5:00 pm (icebreaking). All (or most) attendees will have submitted position papers in advance, position papers posted on the project website, and attendees requested to read all position papers in advance.

January 29, 2018


7:00am – 8:00pm


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30am Welcome and Introduction

Main Room

8:30-9:15am PlenaryNSF Perspectives – Moderator: Shaowen Wang

9:15-10:00am PanelScience Drivers and Community Needs for GSI – Moderator: Mary Shelley, University of Maryland, College Park.Panelists:

  • Luc Anselin, University of Chicago
  • Gabe Bowen, University of Utah
  • Coline Dony, American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Praveen Kumar, UIUC
  • Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University
10:00-10:15am   Break
10:15-11:15am   Keynotes – Moderator: Shaowen WangMichael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, University of California, San Diego

11:15am-12:00pm PanelBig Data Challenges and Opportunities for Geospatial Software and Science Drivers – Moderator: Paul Morin, University of Minnesota.Panelists:

  • Jeffrey Carver, University of Alabama
  • Hanan Samet, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Carol Song, Purdue University
  • David Tarboton, Utah State University
  • Ryan Wyatt, California Academy of Sciences
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:15pm Special Interest Group Breakout Sessions (Scientific Drivers and Use Cases) –Moderator: Michael GoodchildBreakout group 1: Moderator: Luc Anselin, University of Chicago
Breakout group 2: Moderator: Mary Shelley, University of Maryland, College Park
Breakout group 3: Moderator: Eric Shook, University of Minnesota

Discussion Questions:

  • How to achieve rigorous quality and science of geospatial software?
  • What are the most desirable and impactful scientific use cases of GSI?
  • What are the most critical geospatial software requirements for GSI?
2:15-3:15am Lightning Talks (Moderator: Diana Sinton, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)):

Main Room

3:15-3:30pm Break
3:30-4:45pm Special Interest Group Breakout Sessions (Community, Organizational, and Social Dimensions)

  • Moderator: Erin Robinson, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) – What are effective ways and organizational structures for GSI to engage and serve communities?
  • Moderator: John Wilson, USC – How should GSI incentivize active community participation and contributions with solid value proposition?
  • Moderator: Tyson Swetnam, University of Arizona – How to best address sociologic issues (e.g., teaming, credit, training)
  • Moderator: Daniel Katz, UIUClong – long term sustainability of GSI?
4:45-5:45pm Panel: Building Community Consensus on GSI – Moderator: Martin Raubal, ETH ZurichPanelists:

  • William Barley, UIUC
  • Bertram Ludascher, UIUC
  • Serge Rey, University of California, Riverside
  • Erin Robinson, ESIP
  • Diana Sinton, UCGIS
  • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, UCSD
6:00-8:00pm Dinner


January 30, 2018

7:00am – 1:30pm

7:00-8:00am Continental Breakfast

Main Room

8:00-8:30am Reflection on the first-day progress – Shaowen Wang
Community survey analysis – William Barley, UIUC
8:30-9:30am Panel: Perspectives from Industry – Moderator: Erik Hoel, EsriPanelists:

  • Aashish Chaudhary, Kitware
  • Paul Morin, University of Minnesota
  • Robert Nagler, Radiosoft
  • George Percivall, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
9:30-10:45am Special Interest Group Breakout Sessions (Core Technical Capabilities) –Moderator: Shashi Shekhar, University of MinnesotaWhat are core technical capabilities and expertise that GSI should have?
Moderator: Anand Padmanabhan, UIUCWhat are effective open science and open software strategies suitable for GSI?
Moderator: Serge Rey, UC, RiversideHow should GSI achieve computational reproducibility?
Moderator: Victoria Stodden, UIUCHow should GSI contribute to and take advantage of the strengths of open source and commercial geospatial software?
Moderator: Paul Morin, University of Minnesota
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Workshop Synthesis: Design and Structure of GSI – Moderator: Shaowen WangPanelists:

  • Michael Goodchild, UCSB
  • Daniel Katz, UIUC
  • George Percivall, OGC
  • Martin Raubal, ETH Zurich 
  • Victoria Stodden, UIUC
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Adjourn