ASU spatial analysis tool passes 100K users milestone

March 19, 2014

GeoDa, the software that serves as an introduction to spatial data analysis and is developed at ASU’s GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, has now been downloaded by 100,000 users. The software passed the milestone of 100,000 unique user downloads on March 12.

The GeoDa Center was established as a research unit of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in 2008 and is directed by Regents’ Professor and Walter Isard Chair Luc Anselin. The mission of the GeoDa Center is to function as an internationally recognized hub for research, software development and training in the areas of geospatial analysis and computation, including spatial econometrics, spatial optimization, geocomputation, cyberGIS, geovisualization and decision support. Sample GeoDa plots Download Full Image

The free, open source, cross-platform program’s development is directed by Luc Anselin, and is under active development with several new releases per year. Software engineers Mark McCann and Xun Li are currently working on a new version to be released shortly. Future plans involve modernizing its interface and transforming the architecture into a dashboard for big data visual analytics.

GeoDa has been adopted as a standard for introduction of spatial analytical techniques. It has been installed in computer labs of numerous universities, including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Census Bureau and select research data centers. Documentation and user support are provided through free tutorials and the Openspace listserv.

GeoDa can be downloaded at for free, with the other free and open-source software of the GeoDa Center. For more information, contact

The GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation is a research unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Barbara Trapido-Lurie

research professional senior, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning


ASU life sciences hike lets community explore Ariz. ecosystems

March 19, 2014

Enjoy a beautiful morning hike and join Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences (SOLS) on April 5 for its 9th annual “SOLS Takes a Hike” event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert (2757 E. Guadalupe Rd.), the hike is a perfect chance for nature lovers to hear from wildlife and life sciences experts about Arizona’s diverse flora and fauna. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Learn about wildlife such as birds, insects, reptiles and mammals from scientists who study them. School of Life Sciences professors and graduate students will also highlight the unique geography and plant life during several interactive tours. Microscopes will be set up to view microbes that live in the water, and desert animals will also be on display. With 4.5 miles of trails meandering through 110 acres of marshland, guests are sure see many animals and learn something new. SOLS faculty lead hikers around the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert Download Full Image

“We’re happy to share our knowledge with the public through important events such as SOLS Takes a Hike,” said Brian Smith, School of Life Sciences director. “Through it, the public can learn much about the animal and plant life that is native to Arizona by talking with many talented scientists from our school.”

The event will be held concurrently with the Riparian Preserve’s 2014 Feathered Friends Festival, which presents more than 30 exhibitors with educational booths on subjects ranging from a wetland scavenger hunt to beekeeping.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen, a snack, binoculars for animal spotting and a hat.

For more information, contact Barb Hoffman at or 480-965-2705.

Media contact:
Sandy Leander,
ASU School of Life Sciences

Jason Krell

Communication and events coordinator, Center for Evolution and Medicine