At the Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS), we think spatially about research problems: We develop state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis; implement them through open source software tools; apply them to policy-relevant research in the social sciences; and disseminate them through education and support to a growing worldwide community of over 330,000 spatial analysts.  Locally, we are building a spatial community at the University of Chicago. CSDS is an initiative of the Division of Social Sciences and part of the UChicago's investment in computational social science. As of July 2016, CSDS succeeded the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at Arizona State University.

The CSDS team looks at linked spatial & statistical views in GeoDa:

CSDS team looking at linked spatial & statistical views in GeoDa

Farewell Brazilian BBQ for 2023 Visitors at Promontory Point:


Happy Birthday, Luisa!!


Celebrating first warm day outside (in April!), with visitors & friends from Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Germany:


Every year we welcome new national and international visitors:

welcoming new national and international visitors


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Summer BBQ at Promontory Point:


Celebrating Chinese Lantern Festival at our Chinese hotpot party:

celebrating Chinese Lantern Festival at Chinese hotpot party

We sometimes take trips to sporting events in Chicago (go Blackhawks!):

trips to sporting events in Chicago

Our youngest members start thinking spatially early:

a young spatial thinker

Our beloved mascot Kaiser! (RIP March 6, 2019)

Kaiser, our mascot