The USC Spatial Sciences Institute has been renewed for an ongoing three-year term as an Esri Development Center (EDC). The EDC program recognizes university departments and institutes that have “exemplary” GIS programs that use Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop or server technology. SSI’s online GIST MS and certificate programs characterize this focus, especially through the inclusion of programming and web-based map development that extend the capability of Esri products.
SSI and its GIS Research Laboratory deploy Esri products on a large scale and faculty, students, and researchers explore the limits of the capabilities of the suite of available tools. Post-doctoral researcher KyoHyouk Kim is currently using Esri’s CityEngine to develop three-dimensional pathway visualizations on the USC campus. Recent GIST graduate Nancy Milholland developed a mash-up of geographic data to locate public art in San Francisco (http://www.sfpublicart.com/), for which she was awarded the USC EDC Student of the Year award.
As an Esri Development Center, SSI is able to offer its students unparalleled access to Esri software and participates in the annual Esri Developer Summit each March in Palm Springs.