Objectives of the Workshop:

The workshop is the first such event in Project Varenius, a three-year research project being undertaken by NCGIA (the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu) to advance the field of geographic information science, with funding anticipated from the National Science Foundation. In the proposal for Varenius we identified three strategic areas for research in geographic information science: cognitive models of geographic space; computational implementations of geographic concepts; and geographies of the information society. We defined the third area to include those issues of fundamental significance raised by the growth of geographic information and associated technologies. It includes impacts of digital geographic information and associated technologies on society; the social, institutional, and economic issues that they raise; the kinds of geographies being constructed in virtual worlds; and the future roles of geographic information in society.

The objectives of the meeting:

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