Thursday, September 3, 2015

Support Geography and GIS in K-12 Education: Be a GeoMento

The AAG and Esri are working together to develop a nationwide network of GeoMentors to support the U.S. Department of Education’s ConnectED Program, for which Esri has agreed to donate free GIS software to all K-12 schools in the U.S.  GeoMentors will play a pivotal role in improving GIS and geography education by helping schools and teachers introduce GIS and geographic concepts into classrooms across the country!  The GeoMentors program is a great opportunity for geography students to participate in community service using their disciplinary knowledge and GIS skills (program certificates are provided so participants can document their efforts).  We ask that you please share this email with your group members to let them know about this outreach opportunity.

Who can be a GeoMentor?
From undergraduate and graduate students to professors and geographic information scientists, we welcome the entire GIS and geography community to volunteer their skills and experience as GeoMentors.  Advanced GIS skills are not required for you to be a great asset to K-12 classrooms and we provide numerous training materials through our program website.

What do GeoMentors do?
As a GeoMentor you can engage in a range of roles depending on your expertise, interests, and the needs of schools and teachers.  Opportunities include: advocating GIS adoption and helping schools get their free software; demonstrating available geography and GIS classroom exercises to teachers; sharing information about careers in geography and GIS; or assisting teachers with tailoring geography and GIS activities for their specific subject, grade, and/or project.  You can work with your local community schools or with schools and educators across the US.  The variety of outreach opportunities is as diverse as the field of geography and the application potential of GIS!

How do I get started as a GeoMentor?

1.     Register.  Sign up online to be a GeoMentor!

2.     Visit our website.  Learn more about the program, explore available training materials, and review guidelines for contacting potential collaborators.

3.     Get involved.  Find a school or teacher who is ready to collaborate!  Another great starting point is to help build the GeoMentor community by recruiting your peers as fellow GeoMentors and by recruiting new schools to sign up for free GIS software.

4.     Join the GeoMentor community.  Learn about program news, participate in discussions, and meet fellow participants by joining the GeoMentors GeoNet Group or the GeoMentors AAG Knowledge Community.  You can also follow @AAGGeoMentors on Twitter or the AAG GeoMentors Facebook page.

Be sure to share your GeoMentor experiences with us so we can track and improve program efforts.

We’ll provide you a program certificate for your records and may create a case study from your experience to help encourage others to get involved in the GeoMentors program!  This is a great activity and service opportunity for student geography groups!

If you have any questions, please contact program staff at

Thank you for your help in promoting geography and GIS in K-12 education,

The AAG GeoMentors Team

Association of American Geographers
1710 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-3198
Twitter: @AAGGeoMentors

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fall GIS Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

Davis, Calif.— Take a fall course in Geographic Information Systems from UC Davis Extension. Learn how to analyze and model the built and natural environments in order to inform policy and policy decisions. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration.

GIS Database Design
Review industry-standard and emerging-data design technologies for today’s natural resource and land use planning needs.
•    Sept. 15-16: Tues.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 24-25: Thur.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $695. Enroll in section 152NAT403.

GIS for Resource Managers and Professionals
Gain an overview and working knowledge of GIS in this hands -on workshop.
•    Sept. 22-23: Tues.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, California Ave.
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT415.

GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate 
Learn the theoretical background of watershed analysis within a geographic information system to become familiar with common methods, tools and frameworks for investigation.
•    Dec. 15-16: Tues.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT416.

GIS for Watershed Analysis: Advanced
This hands-on GIS workshop will give researchers, planners and land/resource managers the spatial analysis skills they need to integrate field data with watershed-scale variables and gain a better perspective of the upstream processes and circumstances that may be driving observed conditions.
•    Dec. 17-18: Thur.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT417.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email or visit our website.

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 62,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Presentations from the May 15, 2015 GIS User Group Meeting

A big thank you to our presenters at the May 15th Sacramento GIS User Group meeting and to Nate Jennings and the City of Sacramento for hosting our event.  Below are links to the presentations from the meeting:

"The City of Elk Grove Enterprise GIS Platform" - Steve Gay and Jason Latoski, Interwest Consulting Group

"Stolen?  Introducing the Sutter Land Claim, and perhaps the Largest Theft of Public Property in our History" - Andrew McLeod

"GIS is the Wine Industry" - Andy Morgan and Martin Mendez-Costabel, Gallo Winery*

Mapping in the City using Geocortex" - Nate Jennings, Sacramento City GIS*

*This presentation was live only/not available for download

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sacramento GIS User Group Agenda - May 15th 9 AM – 12

GIS User Group Meeting Agenda -  May 15th

New City Hall, Council Chambers
915 I Street 
Sacramento CA

9:00am  Welcome
9:15am  “GIS is the Wine Industry”. Andy Morgan and Martin Mendez-Costabel, Gallo Winery
9:45am  “Mapping in the City using Geocortex” Nate Jennings, Sacramento City GIS
10:15am Break
10:45am “The City of Elk Grove Enterprise GIS Platform” Steve Gay and Jason Latoski, Interwest Consulting Group
11:15am  “Stolen?  Introducing the Sutter land claim, and perhaps the largest theft of public property in our history”, Andrew McLeod

Sunday, February 15, 2015

GIS Events at UC Merced and UC Davis

The Northern California Chapter of URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) is pleased to co-sponsor two events of interest to the California GIS community.

The Annual CGIA (California Geographic Information Association) GeoSummit at UC Merced happens on March 13, 2015. Here is a link for more information:

UC Davis presents a GIS Symposium on April 1. More information is available here:

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS Class

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS

Feb. 20 & 21 & March 6: Fri. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
2 Units Academic Credit

In Winter Term, 2015 run this course will introduce for the first time Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or ‘drones’) and their rapidly evolving roles in land management and other applications.  The course will open with a special, interagency webinar that will inform students about upcoming UAS policies and regulatory environments for research and commercial operations.  Through brief lectures, classroom computing sessions, and outdoor and indoor exercises, students will explore alternatives for coupling digital imagery with GPS-derived positions, and will evaluate data quality in imagery and GPS-derived positions. Skills in preparation of metadata will be cultivated throughout the course, with emphasis on data quality elements. Students will build upon project work of their choosing, concluding with hands-on building of a geographic database (geodatabase) in industry-standard format.

Visit for more information or to enroll.

Instructor:  Paul Veisze