CURA serves as an innovation hub which brings together researchers from across campus to integrate spatial modeling and Geographic Information Science (GIS) into economic, social, and public health research. We provide data management and design expertise, and we also offer web mapping and data hosting on our own servers. We possess strong technical expertise in transportation, housing, and geo-demographics. If you would like to consult with us about your research project, please fill in your details on our Request for Help form.
Our hub connects a group of scholars in social, natural, and environmental sciences; applied economics; agriculture; engineering; health and medical professions; and the humanities.
Our mission is to serve as a bridge across academia, industry, and the policy sector by providing spatial analysis of economic, social, environmental, and health issues in urban and regional settings in Ohio and beyond. We provide the following services to groups across campus:
- Mapping, Data Hosting
- Spatial Analysis
- Web App Creation
- Geocoding Locations
- Geo-referencing, Digitization
- Data Conversion
- Python Scripting
- In house Tool Development
- Story Map Creation
- Research Data Design
- Collaboration of Grant Proposals and Projects
- Speaker Series
- Educational Seminars for Researchers and Industry
CURA has extensive computing facilities which are optimized for geospatial analysis. The flagship of our computing infrastructure consists of three physical servers which are housed at the State of Ohio Datacenter. Each of these servers is provisioned with 756GB RAM, 28 processor cores, a Tesla P100 12GB graphics processing unit, and 120TB of disk storage. Together they provide the backbone for a computational cluster consisting of 20 ArcGIS Enterprise worker nodes, which are optimized for a specific functions including spatiotemporal data analysis, image processing, map tile processing, and geospatial data hosting.
Graduate students, undergraduate students and staff at CURA facilitate the use of emerging data resources and methodological approaches in geo-visualization and spatial analysis. The Center works to facilitate affiliates’ access to high performance computing environments, both internal and external.