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Welcome to GISandbox!

Welcome to GISandbox.  A new play place for curious researchers and educators to explore the capabilities of Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) when coupled with High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Cyberinfrastructure (CI).

We will cover a broad array of topics and technologies spanning (on the geospatial side) GIS, spatial analysis, spatial modeling, agent-based models, and cellular automata as well as (on the computational side) high-performance computing, data-intensive computing, interactive computing, Python programming, and of course big data.

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