About

Originally an Angeleno, I am currently studying Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research focuses on advancing the spatial discovery of data. Previous training in Urban Planning and GIS motivated me to pursue graduate studies where I could develop usable spatial analysis tools.

Specifically, I am interested in lowering barriers to data sharing and reuse. In my work, I am committed to promoting socially useful technology that connects people to public data. I currently collaborate with the Center for Spatial Studies and UCSB Library to spatially integrate and expose interdisciplinary research.

My research interests include data curation, retrieval, and visualization; the Semantic Web; and GIS education. I have experience deploying geospatial platforms and applications, building linked data models, and visualizing the outputs of machine learning algorithms.

Projects

Self-Organizing Map of Research

Local Voice Assistant

UCSB Open Data

Core Spatial Concepts

Trajectories of Research

Damage Proxy Mapping

Publications

    Lafia, S. and Kuhn, W. (2018). Spatial Discovery of Linked Research Datasets and Documents at a Spatially Enabled Research Library. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, 1-19. doi:10.1080/15420353.2018.1478923

    Lafia, S. Turner, A., and Kuhn, W. (2018). Improving Discovery of Open Civic Data. In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik. doi:10.4230/LIPIcs.GISCIENCE.2018.9

    Lafia, S., Jablonski, J., Kuhn, W., Cooley, S. and Medrano, F. A. (2016). Spatial discovery and the research library. Transactions in GIS, 20: 399–412. doi:10.1111/tgis.12235

Media

KCSB-FM Public Radio

Spatial Lightning Talk

UCSB Graduate Slam Semifinals

ESIP Raskin Scholarship

ArcUser Summer Article

SAP + Esri Spatial Hackathon

Contact

Sara Lafia

slafia at ucsb dot edu
Ellison Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

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