Geographic Information Analysis


 The Population Research Institute's (PRI) Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core is one of the few spatial analysis units in the United States that is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Co-sponsored by the PRI and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), the CSA Core staff facilitates the appropriate use of geospatial data in the social sciences and assists researchers in incorporating a spatial perspective into their studies. The Core supports research activities through the provision of services in several areas:

  • expert advice in the application of GIA methods and techniques
  • visualization/cartography
  • interactive web mapping
  • geocoding/address-matching
  • contextual database creation
  • geospatial data acquisition and management
  • exploratory spatial data analysis
  • spatial statistics and custom programming
  • GIS training
  • data capture/entry, manipulation, storage and production tasks
  • application of spatial analytical techniques to demographic and social science data

The CSA Core offers a limited number of pilot hours to support Penn State faculty in developing external grant proposals involving geospatial data and methods. Learn more about GIA Pilot Hours available at the SSRI

If you believe your project may benefit from geospatial analysis, contact the CSA Core at to discuss your needs.