Geospatial Data Management

The Geospatial Data Management research group at the University of Washington, Tacoma, focuses on the Big Data challenges related to the enormous amount of spatiotemporal location information that are continuously streamed by mobile devices.
 
Geospatial Data Management improves our experience with the surrounding world through understanding our relationship to space. The Geospatial Data Management research group at the University of Washington, Tacoma, focuses on the Big Data challenges related to the enormous amount of spatiotemporal location information that are continuously streamed by mobile devices. In the enterprise domain, the “Big Data” wave is moving forward with a pressing need to process and analyze data sizes that currently pose a challenge for existing spatiotemporal database systems.
 
On the consumer side, the widespread of smart phones, hand-held devices and tablets has added new dimensions that are spatiotemporal and, even, beyond. Every click on a smart phone bears information about the individual’s behavior. Every screen touch and every step a person takes with a smart phone in his pocket indicates where he has been and where he is heading, what he has been doing and what he plans to do, where he lives and where he works, which places he visits and which movies he watches, what he likes and what he dislikes, what he does on his own and what he does jointly with friends in his social network. The mission of the Geospatial Data Management group is to connect the dots between the enterprise domain and the consumer domain through innovations in geospatial computing and GIS systems.

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