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:


Every year we welcome new national and international visitors:


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


Our youngest members start thinking spatially early:


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