December 2022 Newsletter

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Geoethics in a Geospatial Data Science Curriculum

Ethics in software engineering, data management, and analysis is critical within data-driven research. Listen to researcher Peter Darch describe the distinctive role of geoethics as a component of the I-GUIDE Convergence Curriculum in this overview video.

Nicholas Manning


The students and technical staff of I-GUIDE, known as Climbers, serve as the glue of the institute as they foster collaboration and technical innovation across our diverse intellectual terrain.
In this edition of our Ascender’s column, meet Nicholas Manning, a graduate student at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University. Learn how he’s connecting remote sensing and spatial ecology with data science.

Webinars & Virtual Consulting Office Sessions

I-GUIDE’s webinar series showcases the innovative research and education advanced by I-GUIDE collaborators and partners.
  • A Portfolio Risk Analysis of Aging US Dams in a Changing Climate. Upmanu Lall, Columbia University. Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
  • Communicating with Data through Visualization
  • Data Science Education through I-GUIDE and Data Mine Partnerships
The Virtual Consulting Office hosts interactive demonstrations, workshops and discussions to share the knowledge and experience within I-GUIDE with that of the broader community.
  • SIMPLE-G: A multiscale framework for integration of economic and biophysical determinants of sustainability.
    • Details: Tuesday January 17, 2023 at 12 pm Central.
    • Presenter: Iman Haqiqi, Purdue University. Register here.
  • Understanding Remote Connections: A Gentle Introduction to Telecoupling, Metacoupling, and the Telecoupling Toolbox.
    • Details: February 14, 2023 at 12 pm Central.
    • Presenter: Nick Manning, Michigan State University. Register here.


I-GUIDE Team in Action

I-GUIDE researcher Courtney Flint’s Utah Wellbeing Project tracks the health of communities across the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

Utah Wellbeing Survey: Feeling part of community improves health, safety, living standards. Utah State University News.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Broader Applicability of the Metacoupling Framework than Tobler's First Law of Geography for Global Sustainability: a Systematic Review
Nicholas Manning, Yingjie Li, and Jianguo Liu
Geography and Sustainability

The long-recognized principle that near things are more related than far things is a long-recognized principle of spatial organization and processes, but it often fails to hold true for phenomena such as species migration and trade. These insights from metacoupling frameworks are key for sustainability research.

Effective Seed-Guided Topic Discovery by Integrating Multiple Types of Contexts
Yu Zhang, Yunyi Zhang, Martin Michalski, Yucheng Jiang, Yu Meng, and Jiawei Han
Proc. 2023 ACM Int. Conf. on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM’23). Singapore, Feb. 2023.

I-GUIDE researchers innovate new ways for user-provided words of interest (such as “hurricane” versus “tornado”) to find distinctive topics within collections of text so that the mined topics better align with the intent of the user.

Open-Vocabulary Argument Role Prediction for Event Extraction
Yizhu Jiao, Sha Li, Yiqing Xie, Ming Zhong, Heng Ji and Jiawei Han<
Proc. 2022 Conf. on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP’22), Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 2022.

Hour of CI and the Convergence Curriculum for Geospatial Data Science
Eric Shook
EarthSci@SC22, a pre-conference workshop at SC22, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Dallas, Texas, November 2022.

Demo: Enabling Scalable and Reliable Real Time Data Services for Sensors and Devices in StreamCI
Jaewoo Shin, Lan Zhao, Carol Song, Rajesh Kalyanam, Jian Jin, Jacob Hosen, Ananth Grama and Dongyan Xu
Gateways 2022. San Diego, CA, October 18-20, 2022.

Partnership Feature

OGC Testbed-19: Interoperability and Collaboration from Oceans to Space

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will soon be launching Testbed-19, an annual research and development initiative that provides opportunity to engage with the latest research on geospatial system design and rapid prototyping. Their call for sponsors is currently open.

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