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International cooperation and technology transfer
Mussio, Luigi

6 Opportunities for collaboration and
distance education
Having just presented the major features of
our web site, our software, and our course, we
hope that you have seen something of inter
est, and will take a moment to investigate. We
would like to propose several ways in which
our materials may prove useful to you:
• As a touchstone to spatial/temporal statisti
cal methods. We are striving to stay current
with the world of spatial statistics, from
new techniques to the latest links to web
sites containing interesting material. Visit
(and search!) our site; if you don’t find in
formation about a topic, post a request to
a discussion forum!
• As a reference. We have a search facility for
our site, and if you simply want to know
more about the variogram, or see what
we have concerning dengue fever, you can
search our documents for those containing
the keywords. Or you may seek papers by a
certain researcher.
• As a quick-start or a refresher for a partic
ular area. You may just need to get a quick
idea of the basics of geostatistics, for exam
ple; in this case a visit to our site may be
the perfect solution.
• As a launch pad for your own analyses,
techniques, methods, etc. As we have said,
we seek interaction with colleagues who are
also interested in spatial statistics, and we
would be delighted to consider posting your
work to our site. If you have a research pa
per, or an example analysis, or a new statis
tic to propose, let us serve as a platform to
help you in disseminating useful informa
• As the basis of a course. You might decide
to take four or five of our modules and turn
them into the basis for a course. Our course
plan is to assign the modules as “reading”,
then discuss them in class, adding addi
tional material and asking questions that
derive from the modules.
You may have your own ways of using our site,
and we encourage you to discover them! We
also have a mailing list, so that we can keep
you apprised of changes and improvements to
the site. Feel free to join!
7 Conclusion: The Future
We take an iterative or evolutionary view of
our web site: because our needs will change
over time, new modules and services must be
added to the site. This will provide more and
better choices to visitors to the site, and more
answers to their spatial analysis needs. We
anticipate increasing quality in each module
with time - as we teach from a module, or
as we get feedback from other users, we will
incorporate the changes in our site. We hope
that friends of the site will also provide addi
tional modules.
Module development is thus continuous: we
are in the process of improving modules by
adding on-line quizzes, which permit students
to test themselves on their assimilation of the
material. Modules are being redesigned to al
low the student to dig progressively deeper
into the concepts, with a range of treatment
from the superficial to the profound. Fur
thermore, in addition to improving old mod
ules, we are developing new modules, giv
ing teachers a wider choice of materials to
include in their own courses. More student-
inspired modules will be created (based on
their needs), as we continue to expand the
range of projects attempted, and analyses in
dicated. This will go hand-in-hand with an ex
pansion of the range of presentations on the
web, which will provide grist for the mills of
students seeking to explore and analyze their
own data in new and spatial/temporal ways.
As an example of a new module developing in
response to formerly unmet needs, we are cre
ating a module concerning Hierarchical spa
tial models; it is being developed with Ge-
oMed Consultant Dr. Dan Griffith, of Syra
cuse University. As an example of a new ser
vice, we are developing an on-line math tutor