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Spatial information systems encompass all theory, methodology and tools used in the analysis of spatially-related phenomena. Another term applied to this is geographic information science, and the combination of software, hardware and data are usually referred to as a geographic information system (GIS). A GIS is used in assembling an analyzing data in many fields, including archaeology, business, ecology, economics, engineering, environmental studies, epidemiology and urban planning.

This seminar series will include eleven workshops and lectures over the fall and winter terms. The central theme of each day will be the researchers' applications of spatial information systems to research design, data acquisition, analysis, visualization, interpretation, decision-making, and dissemination.

The series begins September 18th with Michael Goodchild, Professor of Geography at UCSB, and Director of the NCGIA. The ten other seminars will include applied an theoretical aspects of spatial information systems, and will cover a wide array of subjects of broad cross-campus interest, including GIS and population studies, natural resource management, historical landscape change, transportation, environment and public health, business, and city and regional planning.

The basic format for the sessions will consist of workshops for 20-30 people that will run from 9:30 to 11:30. Participation in these workshop sessions will require registration with the appropriate contact person.

The morning workshop will be followed by an open seminar session that will run from 12:00 to 1:00. After the seminar session, the speaker will be available for meetings with faculty and graduate students from 2:30 to 5:00. To schedule a meeting time, please contact the appropriate contact person.

This web-site contains all of the information necessary regarding the contact people, and will be kept up to date with any additions or changes in the program.

General questions about the seminar series may be sent to: Andrew Brenner of the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

The Series is supported by the Office of the Vice-President for Research and the Rackham Graduate School's Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar Program, with additional funding from several schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus.