GEOSTAT is a non-profit specialized block course (summer school) run by FOSS enthusiasts and developers. The main idea of GEOSTAT is to promote various aspects of statistical analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data using open source / free GIS tools: R, SAGA GIS, GRASS GIS, FWTools, Google Earth and similar. GEOSTAT is where statistical computing meets geographical analysis
Purpose of this exercise is to allow students to use all obtained knowledge during the course to produce predictions for a given spatial data set (through scripting of course). The data set contains measurements of daily temperatures (TEMPC) on 2011-08-28 at 4944 locations, and locations of validation points (1455). The students have a complete freedom to use any information they can find to generate predictions at validation points (as long as the procedure can be reproduced and is based on some documented statistical theory).
The GEOSTAT Quebec city 2013 summer school is 8th in a series of summer schools organized by R and OS GIS developers and enthusiasts. GEOSTAT aims at PhD students and R-sig-geo enthusiasts in a range of environmental and GIS sciences, with a special focus on analyzing spatio-temporal gridded data in R and connected OS GIS software.