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Next-generation geospatial discovery

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SI2-SSI: CyberGIS Software Integration for Sustained Geospatial Innovation  (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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CyberGIS, a new-generation geographic information system (GIS) based on advanced computing and information infrastructure, analyzes and models geospatial data, providing computationally intensive spatial analysis and modeling and collaborative geospatial problem-solving at an unprecedented scale.

The new CyberGIS software environment, built by researchers at the University of Illinois, seamlessly blends advanced computing infrastructure, GIS and data-intensive spatial analysis capabilities. CyberGIS benefits a broad set of science communities by creating new, or enhancing existing, geospatial software capabilities for tackling significant data-driven computational challenges. For example, social media data analytics and geospatial modeling can improve understanding of how diseases spread across space and time. The CyberGIS software is freely accessible and has been widely used across the globe for education and learning purposes.

For decades, GIS has played an essential role in solving scientific problems and improving decision-making practices with significant societal impact. Conventional GIS approaches, however, do not adequately provide the computing resources that are increasingly needed to fulfill these roles. This project builds on an interdisciplinary consortium involving academia, government, industry and international partners.

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  • an application tracks flu outbreaks on a mobile device
  • mountain elevations created with the next-generation geographical information system
The CyberGIS FluMapper tracks flu outbreaks on a mobile device.
Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mountain elevations analyzed using CyberGIS.
Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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