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  1. Abstract

    Modeling human activity dynamics is important for many application domains. However, there are problems inherent in modeling population information, since the number of people inside a given area can change dynamically over time. Here, a cyberGIS-enabled spatiotemporal population model is developed by combining Twitter data with urban infrastructure registry data to estimate human activity dynamics. This model is an object-class oriented space–time composite model, in which real-world phenomena are modeled as spatiotemporal objects, and people can move from one object to another over time. In this research, all spatiotemporal objects are aggregated into 14 spatiotemporal object classes, and all objects in a given space at different times can be projected down to a spatial plane to generate a common spatiotemporal map. A temporal weight matrix is derived from Twitter activity curves for each spatiotemporal object class and represents population dynamics for each object class at different hours of a day. Finally, model performance is evaluated by using a comparison to registered census data. This spatiotemporal human activity dynamics model was developed in a cyberGIS computing environment, which enables computational and data intensive problem solving. The results of this research can be used to support spatial decision-making in various application areas such as disaster management where population dynamics plays an important role.

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  2. Summary

    In recent years, geospatial data have exploded to massive volume and diversity and subsequently cause serious usability issues for researchers in various scientific areas. This paper describes a cyberGIS community data service framework to facilitate geospatial big data access, processing, and sharing based on a hybrid supercomputer architecture. Specifically, the framework aims to enhance the usability of national elevation dataset released by the U.S. Geological Survey in the contiguous United States at the resolution ofarc‐second. A community data service, namely TopoLens, is created to demonstrate the workflow integration of national elevation dataset and the associated computation and analysis. Two user‐friendly environments, including a publicly available web application and a private workspace based on the Jupyter notebook, are provided for users to access both precomputed and on‐demand computed high‐resolution elevation data. The system architecture of TopoLens is implemented by exploiting the ROGER supercomputer, the first cyberGIS supercomputer dedicated to geospatial problem‐solving. The usability of TopoLens has been acknowledged in the topographic user community evaluation.

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  3. Summary

    The interdisciplinary field of cyberGIS (geographic information science and systems (GIS) based on advanced cyberinfrastructure) has a major focus on data‐ and computation‐intensive geospatial analytics. The rapidly growing needs across many application and science domains for such analytics based on disparate geospatial big data poses significant challenges to conventional GIS approaches. This paper describes CyberGIS‐Jupyter, an innovative cyberGIS framework for achieving data‐intensive, reproducible, and scalable geospatial analytics using Jupyter Notebook based on ROGER, the first cyberGIS supercomputer. The framework adapts the Notebook with built‐in cyberGIS capabilities to accelerate gateway application development and sharing while associated data, analytics, and workflow runtime environments are encapsulated into application packages that can be elastically reproduced through cloud‐computing approaches. As a desirable outcome, data‐intensive and scalable geospatial analytics can be efficiently developed and improved and seamlessly reproduced among multidisciplinary users in a novel cyberGIS science gateway environment.

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