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Enabling Spatiotemporal Analysis and Visualization of Air Pollution in China and India

Author(s)  Merrick Lex Berman, Devika Kakkar, Wendy Guan, and Fei Carnes
August, 2017

This paper presents the preliminary achievements of an on-going effort to develop a free archive of ground-based air pollution data collected from real-time monitoring stations in China and India.

Evaluating the Current State of Geospatial Software as a Service Platforms: A Comparison Study

Author(s)  Benjamin Lewis, Weihe Wendy Guan, Alenka Poplin
June, 2017

Abstract  The goal of this chapter is to evaluate and compare Geospatial Software as a Service (GSaaS) platforms oriented toward providing basic mapping capabilities to non-GIS experts.

Putting the Geographic in GIS

Author(s)  Wendy Guan
November, 2016

Implementing an Open Source Spatiotemporal Search Platform for Spatial Data Infrastructures

Author(s)  Ben Lewis, Paolo Corti, Athanasios Tom Kralidis, Ntabathia Jude Mwenda
October, 2016

Placing Names: Enriching and Extending Gazetteers

Author(s)  Merrick Lex Berman, Ruth Mostern, Humphrey Southall
August, 2016

Placing Names discusses the evolution and construction of gazetteers and how they can be used to model our conceptions of historical places,  as well as how t

Building an Open Source, Real-Time, Billion Object Spatio-Temporal Search Plaform

Author(s)  Benjamin Lewis, David Strohschein, Paolo Corti, David Smiley
July, 2016

This project addresses the need to manage real-time streaming flows of Big-Data, and presents a method for storing, indexing, visualizing and querying a test dataset of archived Geo-tweets.  The  Billion Object Platform(BOP) provides a client and API to browse and search the latest 1 billion geot

GeoNode Intro & Demo

Author(s)  Cristiano Giovando and Paolo Corti
June, 2016

An introduction to the GeoNode geospatial data system.  Presented at the Secondary Cities Symposium, Harvard University.   

Modeling spatiotemporal pattern of agriculture-feasible land in China

Author(s)  Wendy Guan; Kang Wu; Fei Carnes
June, 2016

This study applies a spatial fuzzy multi-criteria evaluation model to determine agricultural feasibility in China based on physical variables (accumulated temperature, sunshine, precipitation, hydrology, elevation and soil properties).

Geospatial Technologies for Teaching

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom, Giovanni Zambotti, Dave Strohschein, Paolo Corti
April, 2016

Presentation by the CGA to the ABCD Technology in Education Working Group.

Modeling the Spatiotemporal Distribution of Agricultural-Feasible Land in China

Author(s)  Wendy Guan, Kang Wu and Fei Carnes
April, 2016

Spatial analysis of crime incidence and adolescent physical activity

Author(s)  Alyssa I. Robinson, Fei Carnes, Nicolas M. Oreskovic
January, 2016

Adolescents do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Crime is believed to be a

Introduction to GIS and the CGA to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom
September, 2015

This presentation introduces the basic concepts of GIS and how to use it, services offered by the CGA, and past projects performed for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and in the Middle Eastern part of the world.

Visualizing Human Migration Through Space and Time

Author(s)  Zambotti, Giovanni; Guan, Wendy; Gest, Justin Daniel
July, 2015

Human migration has been an important activity in human societies since antiquity. Since 1890, approximately three percent of the world’s population has lived outside of their country of origin.

Visualizing Human Migration through Space and Time

Author(s)  Giovanni Zambotti, Weihe Wendy Guan, Justin Gest
July, 2015

Oral presentation on the 1st International Symposium on Spatiotemporal Computing, Fairfax, Virginia., July 13-15, 2015.


Understanding Today's Online GIS User Through the Lens of a WorldMap Survey

Author(s)  Guan, Wendy; Poplin, Alenka; Lewis, Benjamin G.
June, 2015

WorldMap is an open source online mapping application which aims to lower barriers for scholars who wish to visualize, analyze, organize, present, and publish mapped information.

Investigating Hadoop for Large Spatiotemporal Processing Tasks

Author(s)  David Strohschein, Stephen Mcdonald, Benjamin Lewis and Wendy Guan
April, 2015

MapReduce-type approaches using Hadoop have been explored for solving sets of computational problems that were previously too large for traditional GIS systems to handle. Three cases are introduced in this study to demonstrate the implementation of this approach.

Finding HIV in hard to reach populations: Mobile HIV testing and geospatial mapping in Umlazi township, Durban, South Africa

Author(s)  Ingrid V. Bassett • Susan Regan • Hlengiwe Mbonambi • Jeffrey Blossom • Stacy Bogan • Benjamin Bearnot • Marion Robine • Rochelle P. Walensky • Bright Mhlongo • Kenneth A. Freedberg • Hilary Thulare • Elena Losina
March, 2015

Mobile, community-based HIV testing may help achieve universal HIV testing in South Africa.

NACIS 2014 Conference Report

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom
October, 2014

The 2014 North American Cartographic Information Society conference was held October 8-11 in Pittsburgh.  Jeff Blossom attended, and presented “1 Minute to 100,000 Years: Mapping The Out of Eden Walk Project”.

Extending WorldMap to Make It Easier  for Humanists and Others to Find, Use, and Publish Geospatial Information

Author(s)  Peter K. Bol, Benjamin G. Lewis, Weihe Wendy Guan
August, 2014

Cartography in ArcMap - Making a Basic Country Map

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom, CGA
May, 2014

Walks the user through making a map layout with a primary map, vicinity map, scale bar, north arrow, legend, picture, custom symbols, and splined text

Quantified Self-City-Nation at The Programmable City Launch Event, Ireland

Author(s)  Matthew W. Wilson,
May, 2014

New devices and techniques have emerged to better quantify an individual’s movement, stasis, and even sleep, while a ‘smart city’ discourse and marketing apparatus applies these principles to analysis, representation, and management of the city.

The Development of Historical Data Visualization – a spatiotemporal web application supporting teaching and learning at the Harvard Business School

Author(s)  Giovanni Zambotti, Benjamin Lewis and Weihe Wendy Guan
April, 2014

Oral presentation on the 2014 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, April 8-12, 2014

On the Cyberinfrastructure for GIS-Enabled Historiography

Author(s)  Peter K. Bol
June, 2013

From a historian's perspective, the use of GIScience and technology in the study of history holds the promise of an integration of historical and geographic modes of analysis.

A Data Community in Practice -- WorldMap at Harvard

Author(s)  Wendy Guan, CGA
May, 2013

presented at 2013 UCGIS Symposium

The Potentials of Integrating WEMS with WorldMap

Author(s)  Wendy Guan, CGA
February, 2013

This presentation is for the 16th meeting of the conferece of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on Internatinal Trade in Engangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Bangkok, Thailand, March 2-14, 2013.

The growing role of web-based geospatial technology in disaster response and support

Author(s)  Akiyuki Kawasaki, Merrick Lex Berman, and Wendy Guan
December, 2012

This paper examines changes in disaster response and relief efforts and recent web-based geospatial technological developments through an evaluation of the experiences of the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University, of the Sichuan (2008) and Haiti (2010) earthquake responses.

Trafficked by Sea

Author(s)  Stacy Bogan
November, 2012

Researchers at Harvard are investigating many dimensions of human trafficking. One important piece of the research is the distance that trafficked humans will travel at sea between countries.

On an Infrastructure for Historical Spatial Analysis

Author(s)  Peter K. Bol
October, 2012

Why should historians be interested in looking at space through the geographer's lens?  A  tool such as GIS helps the historian see what was not apparent before.

Spatial-Temporal Simulation of China's High Speed Rail Passenger Transportation System

Author(s)  Wendy Guan, Fengjun Jin, Giovanni Zambotti, Jingjuan Jiao
June, 2012

Embracing Geographic Analysis Beyond Geography - Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis Enters its 5th Year

Author(s)  Wendy Guan; Peter Bol
April, 2012

Without a department of geography, Harvard University established the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) in 2006 to support research and teaching of all disciplines across the University with emerging geospatial technologies.

WorldMap – a geospatial framework for collaborative research

Author(s)  Weihe Wendy Guan, Peter K. Bol, Benjamin G. Lewis, Matthew Bertrand, Merrick Lex Berman & Jeffrey C. Blossom
April, 2012

WorldMap is a web-based, map-centric data exploration system built on open-source geospatial technology at Harvard University. It is designed to serve collaborative research and teaching, but is also accessible to the general public.

Guest lecture in the Gov 1008 course

Author(s)  Wendy Guan
November, 2011

what's needed for a career in GIS.

CGA's Haiti Earthquake Response

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom
October, 2011

Guest lecture and hands on lab "Geo-referencing topographic maps and digitizing" for the Harvard Graduate School of Design class "Design and Disaster Development"

Jump-starting the next level of online geospatial collaboration: Lessons from AfricaMap

Author(s)  Benjamin Lewis & Weihe Guan
September, 2011

This article discusses an opportunity to engage in new forms of collaborative research made possible by widespread access to the web and mapping technologies.

Applying GIS Methods to Public Health Research at Harvard University

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom, Julia Finkelstein, Wendy Guan & Bonnie Burns
September, 2011

This article will draw on CGA’s experience applying geographic analysis to public health research.

Enabling Geographic Research Across Disciplines: Building an Institutional Infrastructure for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University

Author(s)  Guan, Wendy; Burns, Bonnie A.; Finkelstein, Julia; Blossom, Jeffrey C.
January, 2011

Founded in 1818, the Harvard Map Collection (HMC) is the oldest map collection in America, holding 400,000 maps, more than 6,000 atlases and thousands of reference books.

Application of Geostatistics and GIS Techniques in Hydrology and Soil Sciences

Author(s)  Silvio Simoes
March, 2010

This presentation shows ptractical way of analyzing hydrological and soils dta using Geostatistics and GIS-based approach at the different scales.

Unfolding the landscape drawing method of Rakuchū Rakugai Zu screen paintings in a GIS environment

Author(s)  Akihiro Tsukamoto
October, 2009

In this paper, I propose a new methodology for analysing landscape drawing methods using a GIS. The subject of my analysis is the genre of Japanese screen paintings known as rakuchu rakugai zu ¯ , created between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Harvard Revisited: Geography’s Return as GIS

Author(s)  Wendy Guan and Peter K. Bol
October, 2009

CGA at Harvard University, including operational model, achievements, and perspectives.


Author(s)  AkihiroTSUKAMOTO, et al.
October, 2009

This paper explores a method for creating large-scale urban 3D models using Historical GIS data. The method is applied to the Virtual Kyoto Project in which the landscape of the whole city of Kyoto of the early Edo era (ca 17thC) is reconstructed.  

Bringing Operational GIS into University Classrooms

Author(s)  Weihe (Wendy) Guan and Guoping Huang
September, 2009

This study explores an innovative approach in teaching operational GIS to students who have taken only one introductory GIS course. It brings real world cases into university classrooms and exposes students to practical solutions of multiple scenarios.

Global Oil Production With Google Earth

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom
August, 2009

Workshop presentation on vizualization of Oil Production data using Google Earth.   

Building an Online Geospatial Platform for Collaborative Research: Lessons from AfricaMap

Author(s)  Wendy Guan
June, 2009

Oral presentation on the CPGIS Workshop, Nanjing, China, May-June 2009.

Geospatial Information Technology in EcoCity Planning

Author(s)  Wendy Guan
May, 2009

Oral presentation on the International Ecopolis Forum, Huaibei, China, May 2009.

The Conceptualization and System design of AfricaMap – a spatial framework for Africa studies

Author(s)  Peter Bol, Benjamin Lewis and Wendy Guan
April, 2008

Oral presentation on the Association of American Geographers 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. April 15-19, 2008.

Embracing Geographic Analysis beyond Geography – Challenges and Opportunities

Author(s)  Wendy Guan
March, 2008

Keynote address on, and in the proceedings of, the Third International Symposium on Health GIS at Niigata University, Niigata, Japan. March 12, 2008.

Introducing GIS and CGA

Author(s)  Jeff Blossom
November, 2007

The Harvard Geospatial Library

Author(s)  Dave Siegel
July, 2007

Topic is related to success in ArcIMS implementation.

Mapping Africa: a spatial portal for African research

Author(s)  Suzanne Blier, Peter Bol, Benjamin Lewis and Wendy Guan
June, 2007

Poster presentation on the 27th ESRI International Conference, San Diego, CA. June 18-22, 2007.

Mapping the Record of American Democracy (ROAD) 1984-1990

Author(s)  Anders Hopperstead and Wendy Guan
August, 2006

Poster presentation on the 26th ESRI International Conference, San Diego, CA. August 7-11, 2006.