The NCGIA was founded in 1988 as a National Science Foundation center for research in geographic information and its related technologies. The Center is based at three sites in the United States: here at Buffalo (NCGIA-Buffalo), at the University of California at Santa Barbara (NCGIA-UCSB), and at the University of Maine (NCGIA-Maine).
Andre Skupin: In the figure above, keywords extracted from geography conference abstracts are spatialized in a two-dimensional visualization using a self-organizing map approach. The keywords are clustered into categories according to similarities between them. Each category is labeled by a representative root word (a form of word after all affixes are removed).
David Mark: The figure demonstrates the frequency of words used in the title of PhD dissertations completed during 1973-2008 in geography.Hide
The Buffalo site of the NCGIA (NCGIA-Buffalo) manages the Buffalo portion of the national center, supports a range of research grants and programs, and coordinates GIScience activities on campus. NCGIA-Buffalo is an organized research unit of the University at Buffalo, facilitating an active and interdisciplinary research community. More about us.
Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. More.
Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Director of UCSB's Center for Spatial Studies. For many years he has led the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis consortium consisting of UCSB, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Maine. Professor Goodchild is widely recognized as the leader of geographic information science and is an influential figure across research communities, GIS industries, and government agencies. As a world-renowned scholar, Professor Goodchild has published 15 books, more than 500 articles, and obtained more than $55 million in research grants. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.Hide