Data Science Work That Matters


Imagine being able to hold a geographic information system (GIS) in your hands, feel the shape of the earth, sculpt its topography, and direct the flow of water. Researchers at NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics have made this novel idea a reality with Tangible Landscape, an open source tangible interface powered by GRASS GIS that physically and interactively manifests geospatial data so that users can naturally feel it, shape it, and immediately see results projected onto the 3-D model. This makes GIS far more intuitive and accessible for beginners, empowers geospatial experts, and creates exciting new opportunities for data scientists and developers alike – like gaming with GIS. Tangible Landscape is now being applied to tackle complex real world problems, from controlling the spread of wildfire or emerging infectious diseases to understanding the impacts of storm hazards.

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  • Registration is open for Data Matters 2017! Courses are filling up quickly, so head over to for all course descriptions, instructor bios, registration, and logistic information.
  • NC State has been awarded a $414,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the advancement of tools and techniques for developing and sharing large-scale visual content for research.
  • The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) and the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation release ‘NC in the Next Tech Tsunami: Navigating the Data Economy’, see DSI News.


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