EMDS Consortium hosts first EMDS online user forum

posted Feb 19, 2019, 3:02 PM by Keith Reynolds

The Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system is a state-of-the-art application framework
for designing and modeling spatially enabled decision support systems. EMDS supports the
environmental analysis and planning functions at all geographic scales and resolutions.
EMDS offers a wide range of modeling technologies including logic-based reasoning, priority
analysis, decision trees, Bayesian networks and other decision modeling technologies,
fully integrated with the latest geographic information systems (GIS).

This combination provides explicit, practical decision support for both strategic and tactical
planning as well as adaptive management. EMDS is a general purpose, spatially-enabled framework,
and can be applied to an extremely broad array of spatial problems."
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 we will host the first annual FREE online User Meeting, “EMDS- Going
Forward Forum”.  This forum will feature presentations by:

Steve Paplanus – Mountain View Business Group, LP
Keith Reynolds – US Forest Service 
Bruce Miller – Rules of Thumb, Inc. 
Philip Murphy – InfoHarvest, Inc.
Clive Spenser – Logic Programming Associates, Ltd.
Marek Druzdzel – Bayes Fusion, LLC

The goal of this User Forum is to update users on the latest features in EMDS and discuss future
development directions.  Your inputs are critical to make EMDS a product that can be a key tool in
supporting your business needs.

The event will start at 8:00am USA Pacific Time, 4:00pm GMT. We expect the webinar to run about 2.5
to 3 hours, depending on user submissions.

The Forum will be using Adobe Connect. There is a free download for that, but users without Adobe
Connect will want to join the meeting about 10 minutes early to install the app.

We invite you to participate directly in the Forum by presenting your EMDS application and future
plans for EMDS. To get a spot on the program, or more Forum information, please email, reference 2019 Forum.

First SDS Consortium International Virtual Conference

posted Dec 11, 2017, 1:51 PM by Keith Reynolds   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

The complete audio/video of the conference can be found here:

In addition, you can view the individual presentations of presenters in the copy of the agenda here:


New president and VP

posted Nov 29, 2017, 1:44 PM by Keith Reynolds

Election results for the SDS Board of Directors were posted on 2 Nov 2017.

Following election of the Board, the Board subsequently elected Keith Reynolds as President of the SDS Consortium, and Sean Gordon as Vice President.

First SDS Consortium International Virtual Conference! - update

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:12 AM by Keith Reynolds

Originally posted Nov 2, 2017, 8:54 AM by Keith Reynolds

First SDS Consortium International Virtual Conference!

Date:      7 December 2017

Times:   0800-1000 Pacific

Conference web connection:

First SDS Consortium International Virtual Conference!

posted Nov 2, 2017, 8:54 AM by Keith Reynolds

First SDS Consortium International Virtual Conference!

Date:      7 December 2017

Times:   0800-1000 Pacific

Web and audio connection info will follow shortly.


Program Agenda (2 hours)

8:00 AM Report from the board on activities (15 min)

  • Intro (5 min) - Keith Reynolds
  • Election results (5 min) - Tim Nyerges
  • Charter updates needed (5 min) - Naicong Li

8:15 AM Research focus areas of working groups (past/current activities) (30 min)

  • Ontology - Naicong Li - 5 min
  • Case studies - Sean Gordon - 5 min
  • Workflows - Keith Reynolds - 5 min
  • SDSFS - Tim Nyerges- 15 min

8:45 AM Future directions/activities for SDS Consortium (45 min)

  • Three 5-minute lightning talks + 10-min discussion
    • Need call for presentations (CFPres Oct 26 - Nov 17) Keith

9:30 AM Discussion on funding proposals re SDS Consortium (15 min)

9:45 AM Facilitating engagement in SDS Consortium (15 min)

  • e.g. every other Board meeting is open Board meeting
  • Open discussion and other ideas

SDS Board of Directors - election results

posted Nov 2, 2017, 8:53 AM by Sean Gordon

The SDS Consortium Board of Directors for the next two years will be the following members. In total, 18 of 41 members eligible to vote did so.

Michael Flaxman

Sean Gordon

Piotr Jankowski

Naicong Li

Tim Nyerges

Keith Reynolds

Xinyue Ye

SDS Board of Directors Nominees - election coming soon

posted Sep 19, 2017, 4:28 PM by Timothy L. Nyerges   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:31 PM ]

Nominations for Board of Directors positions closed August 31.

The nominees are:
Michael Flaxman, Geodesign Technologies Inc.
Sean Gordon, Portland State University
Piotr Jankowski, San Diego State University
Naicong Li, Esri
Tim Nyerges, University of Washington
Keith Reynolds, US Forest Service
Xinyue Ye, Kent State University

Election will take place in October using
Stay-tuned for an email to cast your vote.

UCGIS Research Challenges

posted Apr 1, 2016, 11:29 AM by Sean Gordon   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 3:27 PM by Timothy L. Nyerges ]

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) called for submission and presentation of trans-disciplinary research challenges in Geographic Information Science in conjunction with their 2016 symposium. The SDS Board submitted a proposal about developing a spatial decision support framework for sustainability (SDSFS). SDSFS integrates, synthesizes, and elucidates among geographic information science (GIScience), decision science, and sustainability science, and thereby addresses a grand challenge that is key to informing a variety of complex societal problems.  Each of the above research areas has abundant interdisciplinary applications, but in terms of information science, each has evolved with a distinct ontology (core concepts and their relations) and epistemology (methods that enable information processing). A common framework is meant foster integration of findings for transdisciplinary research and its application to management practice, particularly in relation to decision support that includes vulnerability, risk, resilience and/or sustainability management. The SDSFS would thus act as a transdisciplinary bridge among diverse perspectives about coupled human-natural systems, human-environment relations, hazards-receptor systems, global environmental change and sustainable development, which generally can be referred to as sustainable systems.

The full document submitted is available here.


posted Mar 13, 2016, 6:35 PM by Sean Gordon

Welcome to the new SDSC website...

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