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01-22-2008, 06:59 PM
Interesting resource website: Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (http://www.csiss.org/)

The CSISS mission recognizes the growing significance of space, spatiality, location, and place in social science research. It seeks to develop unrestricted access to tools and perspectives that will advance the spatial analytic capabilities of researchers throughout the social sciences. CSISS was funded in 1999 with support from the National Science Foundation (http://www.nsf.gov/) under its program to promote research infrastructure in the social and behavioral sciences.

CSISS focuses on the methods, tools, techniques, software, data access, and other services needed to promote and facilitate a novel and integrating approach to social science that is spatially integrated. CSISS is based around core programs targeted across the full spectrum from inductive, exploratory science to theory-based, confirmatory science. The CSISS Strategic Plan (http://www.csiss.org/aboutus/reports/strategic-plan.pdf) provides further information about each of the core programs.

Mike Innes
01-24-2008, 09:57 PM
This is really interesting. Must look into it.

01-25-2008, 03:16 PM
I knew a guy who used to do spatial anthropology for clients in the public and private sector. One project I recall he worked on was researching and observing how citizens used public spaces (parks, plazas, etc.) and then designed or re-designing them to be more people-friendly, including in some cases, for people with disabilities.

It is interesting stuff. I can't recall the guy's name and whether he's there or not...

Mike Innes
01-25-2008, 09:09 PM
I'll look it up - this is fascinating. I recently found that the developers of UCINET, a social network analysis software package used for hard research on networks, have a culturally oriented companion module called "Anthropac" (http://www.analytictech.com/anthropac/apacdesc.htm).

Take a look at related Geosimulation for Urban Warfare thread. Connections.

Mike Innes
01-25-2008, 09:15 PM
Any connection to this?