The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) will conduct a three-day hands-on workshop on integrating GIS and urban indicator analysis on June 21-23, 2004, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The workshop is designed to introduce urban and regional planning university professors from Mexico and Central America to GIS technology and applications. The workshop includes an introduction to GIS, two interactive urban case studies, and a series of presentations on urban indicator research and practical applications.
Support for the workshop is through a Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research grant Global Urban Quality: An Analysis of Urban Indicators Using GIS. UCGIS is cooperating in this effort with the three universities within the Metropolitan Observatory of Guadalajara (OMEGA): the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara, the ITESO University and the University of Guadalajara. The workshop will be held at the Tecnológico de Monterrey computer laboratory. UCGIS private affiliate, ESRI, is a partner on this grant. The workshop is a part of a larger project that complements the Urban Indicators Programme of the United Nation’s Global Urban Observatory. In Phase I of this grant, UCGIS member institutions developed programs to train personnel in developing countries on the application of GIS technology. GIS was used to disaggregate country and city indicator data to sub-areas within cities to help evaluate the spatial dynamics of urban quality within larger metropolitan areas.
The UCGIS is a non-profit organization of universities and other research institutions dedicated to advancing our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved theory, methods, technology and data. UCGIS members include America’s GIS research and educational universities, professional societies, and private affiliates.