Computational Social Science Lab | Kent State University

Computational Social Science Lab

Computational Social Science Lab is the first Ohio lab among Open Source Geospatial Lab Network. The mission of this lab is to spatio-temporally integrate computational science and social science.

Kent State University is home to Ohio’s first Open Source Geospatial Laboratory. The laboratory aims to support computational social science research and educational excellence through the development, implementation, and application of open source geo-computation and geo-visualization.

The laboratory is expected to attract considerable interest from spatial scientists, economic/urban geographers, regional scientists, and policy-makers who are keen to contribute to and learn about the evaluation, extension, and implementation of multi-scale and multi-mechanism framework for comparative space-time analysis of regional and urban dynamics. The laboratory will be active in dissemination of new comparative metrics for the broader research community.

The software used to support most activities of the laboratory is open source, meaning the source code can be modified and re-distributed royalty and fee free. This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

Professor Xinyue Ye, GIS Faculty at Kent State University and founding director of computational social science research lab will lead the initiative. Xinyue Ye's publication can be tracked through Google Scholar at:

The facility opened in September 2013. "Computational Social Science" borrows the title of a popular paper published in Science: "Life in the network: the coming age of computational social science".

Further Information:

  • Dr. Xinyue Ye
  • Director, Computational Social Science Lab
  • Department of Geography
  • Kent State University
  • Email:
  • Dr. Xinyue Ye's website
OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.
ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.