The Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) was founded in 1999 with support from the National Science Foundation under its program to promote research infrastructure in the social and behavioral sciences. CSISS programs (1999–2013) recognized the growing significance of space, spatiality, location, and place in social science research.
The CSISS commitment to education included an extensive training program of 36 week-long residential workshops in GIS, spatial econometrics, cartographic visualization, remote sensing, agent modeling, and spatial demographics. In addition, 11 week-long workshops focused on the introduction of spatial thinking for undergraduate social science courses. These programs attracted more than 1,100 participants over the period June 2000 and August 2011. Workshops were supplemented with web-based learning resources, best practice publications, and the development of spatial analytic software.