From SpaceStat to CyberGIS: Twenty Years of Spatial Data Analysis Software

Luc Anselin

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This essay assesses the evolution of the way in which spatial data analytical methods have been incorporated into software tools over the past two decades. It is part retrospective and prospective, going beyond a historical review to outline some ideas about important factors that drove the software development, such as methodological advances, the open source movement and the advent of the Internet and cyberinfrastructure. The review highlights activities carried out by the author and his collaborators and uses SpaceStat, GeoDa, PySAL, and recent spatial analytical web services developed at the ASU GeoDa Center as illustrative examples. It outlines a vision for a spatial econometrics workbench as an example of the incorporation of spatial analytical functionality in a cyberGIS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-157
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • geographic information science
  • methods
  • modeling in GIS
  • spatial analysis
  • spatial statistics and spatial econometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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