NCGIA Technical Report 95-14
NCGIA Research Initiative 17: Collaborative Spatial
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NCGIA invites participation from active researchers in the First Specialist
Meeting of a new research initiative on collaborative spatial decision-making
(CSDM). The meeting will be held September 17-20 1995 in Santa Barbara CA, and
will focus on identifying impediments to the development of highly interactive,
group-based spatial modeling and decision-making environments. The meeting
will help the NCGIA develop an agenda for research to be conducted under this
2-year research initiative.
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Recognizing that the primary determining factor in the design of collaborative
decision support systems is the nature of the decision problems and of the
means which are available to attack them, five cross-cutting research topics
have been identified for discussion:
Committee invites submissions from researchers specializing in any of these
topical areas who wish to participate in the meeting, for which funding is
being provided by the National Science Foundation through NCGIA. Participation
is particularly encouraged from:
- The development of a metaplanning capability: methods to elicit, capture
and manipulate knowledge bases that support individual and collective
development of alternative solutions to spatial problems.
- The design and implementation of methods to improve decision-makers'
interaction with spatial analysis tools, including modelbase management
systems, visualization and display tools, and group-based user interfaces.
- The provision of mechanisms that enable decision-makers to evaluate
alternative solutions to a problem.
- The identification, selection and incorporation of methods for resolving
spatial conflicts in interactive, CSDM environments, including multicriteria
- The characterization of CSDM processes, including but not limited to the
specification of task models in various domains such as environmental,
transportation, natural resource, economic development, emergency management,
and other high priority subject domains; and investigations which elucidate the
use of CSDM technology in various CSDM subject domains.
Up to half of the 32 participants at
the meeting will be selected through this open call. Preference will be given
to researchers at U.S. institutions.
- researchers with interest in linkages between GIS and group-based
- researchers with international links; and
- researchers who can provide specific examples of the strengths and
weaknesses of GIS in CSDM research.
Submissions must be received by June 1, 1995, and should consist of a three to
five page position paper on the uses and impediments to greater use of GIS in
one or more of these topical areas, based on personal experience in CSDM
research. (It is anticipated that participants will revise and expand these
papers after the meeting for inclusion in an edited volume.) Submissions must
also include a short biography describing the author's professional experience
and interests relevant to research in this area. This biography should be no
more than 1 page. Unless other arrangements are made with NCGIA, submissions
should be made by email using plain ASCII text.
Anyone planning to submit a position paper by the June 1 deadline should notify
the NCGIA of their intent to do so as soon as possible. This will help the
steering committee ensure that all interested communities are represented.
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Posted April 3, 1996
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