CyberGIS: Empowering the Synthesis of Computational and Spatial Thinking

The National Science Foundation TeraGrid Workshop on Cyber-GIS, Feb. 2-3, 2010, Washington DC

Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Spatial thinking and associated geographic approaches, supported by geographic information systems (GIS), play essential roles in solving scientific problems and improving decision-making practices of significant societal impact. Fulfilling such roles is increasingly dependent on the capabilities of synthesizing spatial and computational thinking (Wing 2006) enabled by cyberinfrastructure. Cyberinfrastructure promises to revolutionize how science and engineering are conducted in the 21st century as computation has become the third pillar of science and engineering (along with theory and experiment) (NSF 2003). CyberGIS represent a new GIS modality comprising a seamless blending of cyberinfrastructure, GIS, and spatial analysis capabilities to empower computational and spatial thinking and, thus, promise to transform geospatial problem-solving and decision-making while advancing cyberinfrastructure.”