Spatial Analytics and Visualization (SAVI) Center

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning; in collaboration with the SJSU Provost's Office and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies, launch a world-class university center focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and urban spatial data science; the Spatial Analytics and Visualization (SAVI) Center at SJSU. Collecting faculty and students from around the University, the SAVI Center at SJSU uses the power of geography and Geographic Information Science to produce impactful research and professional services to serve our university departments, neighborhood organizations, public agencies and private sector entities in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. The SAVI Center facilitates knowledge exchange in GIScience by organizing public events, bringing together scholars and professionals with unique expertise to present cutting edge research findings and hosting educational workshops on technological advances in spatial analytics and visualization.

Our Work

Access to Broadband Explorer: Preparing for Back to School During the Pandemic

This project aims to visualize broadband availability vis-a-vis location of those who are in need of broadband access for remote education.  This project focuses on the communities’ within the Assembly District 30 where; according to the Census 2018 estimates, one out of every three people is below 18 years old; who could be a student needing broadband service for the new academic year. A preliminary analysis revealed that the communities with a higher share of vulnerable households in this  district are also the areas that have relatively lower broadband access fixed services. The outcome of this project; the broadband access web-map, will allow users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and the location of those who are in need of broadband access. The maps provide an interactive experience which enable detailed assessment of the areas that could face connectivity challenges in order to support both public and private sectors, and local communities to identify opportunities and gaps for a prepared return to school during the pandemic.


Student Story Map Competition

Entries due November 11, 2020

Create an ArcGIS Story Map that conveys a contemporary topic in an informative and engaging manner. Prizes and certificates will be awarded for the most intriguing maps at graduate and undergraduate student levels. Judges from Bay Area colleges and universities will select the winning entries, and students will be honored at SJSU's GIS Day event on November 18.

GIS Day 2020: Mapping & Election

November 18, 2020, Noon - 3:00pm. Live Online 

Join SAVI and SJSU eCampus to celebrate GIS Day 2020! This online event showcases a range of GIS and visualization techniques for exploring different aspects of our social challenges. Keynote speaker: Dr. John A. Curiel, Research scientist, MIT Elections Data & Science Lab on "Mapping Elections Performance Index." TechnologyTalk: Mr. Kurt Menke, Founder of Bird’s Eye View, FOSS4G educator, co-author of the GeoAcademy and author presents "The Best New Features of QGIS 3.X." Dr. Jennifer Redd, SJSU eCampus Director, shares SJSU Resources for GIS Education.

Past events:

SAVI GIStalk #1: Leading in a Crisis with Spatial Data

October 2, 2020

The SAVI Center launched SAVI GISTalks with welcoming Ensheng ‘Frank’ Dong of Johns Hopkins University. A doctoral student at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Hopkins, Dong has played a large role in building the highly regarded Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard. SJSU Provost and Professor Vincent (Vin) J. Del Casino kicked off this inaugural event to launch SAVI GIStalks.