Update date: Jan. 21, 2020
The University of Tokyo Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo
東京大学 空間情報科学研究センター, トウキョウダイガク クウカンジョウホウカガクケンキュウセンター
5-1-5 KASHIWANOHA, KASHIWA-SHI, CHIBA 277-8568,JAPAN
Organization/Research department name (5)：
Purpose of establishment：
Division of Spatial Information Analysis
Division of Spatial Information Engineering
Division of Spatial Socio-Economic Research
Division of Joint Usage and Research
Research Initiative for Geospatially Enabled Society (CSIS-i)(Corporate Sponsored Research Programs)
The goal of the center is to be a national joint-use facility available to researchers around the country for work related to Spatial Information Science and to create and provide a spatial database for research purposes.
Specifically, the center engages in the following types of activities:
1.Creating, Developing, and Spreading Spatial Information Science
A number of the phenomena and social problems that occur in the world are closely related to spatial factors. In any circumstance, there are certain basic and necessary methods that can be used to understand and provide solutions to all such phenomena and problems. Spatial Information Science is the study of these general methods and their applications. In other words, Spatial Information Science is the field that develops systematic methods of constructing, managing, analyzing, integrating, and communicating spatial data (i.e., natural, social, economic or cultural data with location information), and studies their applications to other fields. The primary activity of the center is to create, develop, and spread Spatial Information Science.
2.Developing Spatial Databases for Research Purposes
Research in Spatial Information Science requires a large amount of spatial data. However, a great deal of time, labor, and expense is necessary for producing this data. It is difficult for individual researchers to gather such resources; moreover, it would result in inefficient reproduction of work. The center's second main activity is to create common spatial databases and develop and implement systems that will support work in many fields.
3.Promoting Joint Industry-Government-University Research
Research in Spatial Information Science has the character of basic scientific research as well as applied and policy-oriented scientific research. Joint research between industry, the government, and universities is essential to the field. For example, research on the standardization of spatial data requires joint work with related government agencies, while venture research in new industries requires partnerships with private sector research institutions. The center's third main activity is to provide a space to foster these kinds of research.
A number of phenomena and social problems that occur in the world are closely related to spatial factors. In any situation, there are certain basic and necessary methods that can be used to understand and provide solutions to all such phenomena and problems. Spatial information science is the study of these general methods and their applications. In other words, spatial information science is a field that develops systematic methods for constructing, managing, analyzing, integrating, and communicating spatial data (i.e., natural, social, economic, and cultural data with location information) and that studies their applications to other fields. Moreover, spatial information science aims to construct “spatial knowledge,” which refers to the knowledge of nature, society, economy, and culture relating to spatial data.
Research field (1)：
Humanities & Social Sciences
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