About U-Spatial

U-Spatial provides support for spatial research. 

U-Spatial is a nationally recognized model that serves and drives a fast-growing need for expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing across the University. This infrastructure eliminates duplication and fragmentation of resources by providing a framework of spatial data, equipment, and expertise. In its first five years of operation, U-Spatial has supported over 2,000 researchers across 150 departments and centers at the University through a help desk, training, consulting, and events (see Table 1). U-Spatial has been integral to making the U of M one of the world’s first “Spatial Universities” at a time public and private sector interest in spatial thinking and approaches is increasing exponentially.

While we collaborate closely with large research centers and programs, U-Spatial also purposely seeks to serve researchers working in the so-called “long tail” of the scientific enterprise. These are often smaller projects that cannot support full-time spatial research staff, but with a little help from U-Spatial, cumulatively provide a good deal of critical research that advances the many missions of a land-grant university and offer disproportionately great benefits. 

U-Spatial is part of Research Computing, a center in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Minnesota that consolidates management of research computing services. U-Spatial is a lean center that collaborates with departments and centers, seeking to meet fast-growing demand for core services such as the help desk and training, while creating new opportunities and synergies around spatial research, teaching, and service. U-Spatial has been nationally recognized in many venues as a leading model for how universities can successfully integrate spatial data, visualization, analysis, and spatial thinking. 

Table 1. U-Spatial Central Core Contacts

Year

Help Desk

Training Workshops

Events

2011

4

53

2012

168

267

131

2013

328

309

419

2014

456

466

327

2015

726

415

255

2016

741

688

280

Total

2,423

2,198

1,412

U-Spatial was originally funded for $2.5 million over 2011-2016, two-thirds of which is from the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) Infrastructure Investment Initiative and one-third is contributed by the units listed below. Learn more about U-Spatial from this book chapter, “U-Spatial: Support for Research and Teaching at the Spatial University.”

College of Design
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Engineering
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Enterprise GIS
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Institute on the Environment
Minnesota Population Center
Office of Information Technology
School of Public Health
UMD Geospatial Analysis Center
University of Minnesota Extension Service

University of Minnesota Libraries

People

  • Brittany Krzyzanowski
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    Brittany Krzyzanowski
  • Claudia Neuhauser
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    Claudia Neuhauser, Director
  • Coleman Shepard
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    Coleman Shepard
  • Grace Johnson
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    Grace Johnson
  • headshot of Jacob Arndt
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    Jacob Arndt
  • Jacob Hartle
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    Jacob Hartle
  • headshot of Jeff Kropelnicki
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    Jeff Kropelnicki
  • Josh Donato
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    Josh Donato
  • Katie Stinebaugh
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    Katie Stinebaugh
  • Len Kne
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    Len Kne, Associate Director
  • Lucas Winzenburg
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    Lucas Winzenburg
  • Peter Wiringa
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    Peter Wiringa
  • Rebecca Barney
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    Rebecca Barney

Past Research Assistants

Agata Miszczyk / Corey Betchwars / Kris Johnson / Molly McDonald / Sharvari Sangle / Steve Peyton / Steve Schmidt / Taylor Long / Teran Smith / Yilun (Allen) Lin / Yiqun (Ian) Xie / Yingbin (Ben) Liang

 

Upcoming Events

March 30, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Google Earth Engine is a platform for cloud-based digital image processing and visualization. Petabytes of public satellite imagery are stored and organized for use with the...

April 13, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and...

April 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for our monthly lunchtime speaker series featuring tutorials and project presentations related to geospatial research happening at the University of Minnesota. 

April 21, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

This five-hour workshop introduces participants to web-based mapping and spatial analysis using Esri's ArcGIS Online. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities...

April 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

This three-hour, hands-on workshop will look at the different standards for storing spatial data (shapefiles, databases, and file formats) and will assess the advantages and...

May 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for our monthly lunchtime speaker series featuring tutorials and project presentations related to geospatial research happening at the University of Minnesota.