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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CalGIS 2015 - June 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento

Dear Sacramento Area GIS Professional:

CalGIS 2015, the 21st Annual California GIS Conference, is happening June 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento.

If you have never attended a CalGIS conference, I think you would be pleasantly surprised at what a valuable experience it can be. This year it’s in Sacramento, which means that many of us won’t have to deal with travel and lodging expenses to attend. The conference fee is nominal. I encourage you to consider attending.

The Call for Presentation Abstracts is out and the deadline is February 2.

Participate!  What have you been working on that you would like to share with your GIS colleagues and peers in California? Tips & tricks, research, success stories or cautionary tales?

Participation may come in a variety of formats including:
•             Map Gallery
•             Poster Presentation
•             Lightning Talk
•             Presentation
•             Active Learning
Abstracts are due no later than February 2, 2015.

For participation details and an online abstract submission form, visit and be sure to follow @CalGIS on Twitter!

Christina Boggs is the 2015 Conference Chair, so you know it will be, as Christina says, “AWESOME!”

Check it out at

Jane Schafer-Kramer, Research Analyst (GIS), CalGIS Outreach Committee Chair

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Possible S-341 Class at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA

Passing along a possible training class from Christina Boggs at DWR.  Contact Rich Strazzo at if interested.

Subject: Possible S-341 Class at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA

To All,

There's a possibility that College of the Siskiyous (COS) will hold an S-341 class in Northern California (Weed or Dunsmuir) in April (date not set).  Tuition will be charged for this course, but I'm not sure what it will be (guess of $175-350).  In order to justify having a class, I want to make sure there's a demand to have a class in California this year.  Would you please solicit the GIS users you know (CAL FIRE, federal, local government, private, vendor, etc.) to see if they would be interested in taking this course.  Please distribute this email widely to get the best picture of the demand.  Please send me the names (include agency/company/private) of those who would like to take the S-341 course if it is hosted by COS.  Since students are required to be fully proficient in using ArcGIS software, please only submit names of those who meet this requirement.  Due to the short time frames, please reply to my request ASAP.


Rich Strazzo
Battalion Chief - Retired Annuitant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Sacramento & Northern Region

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Maptime Sacramento - Meetup January 12, 2015

Thanks to Sacramento GIS User Group Member Kasey Allen for sharing this Meetup  
Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies.

Although Maptime got its start in San Francisco, chapters have sprouted up all over the world, and now, in Sacramento. Come join us for Maptime Sacramento's inaugural hack night! Beginners, you are especially welcome.

6:45-7:00: Introductions and snacks
7:00: "Anatomy of a Web Map" We'll learn about the different pieces of a web map and how they work together. This is going to be a hands-on tutorial, so please bring your laptop!

To register for this event, visit: 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Presentations from the Dec 4, 2014 User Group Meeting

A big thank you to our presenters at the Dec 4th user GIS User Group meeting and to Rong Liu and the City of Sacramento for hosting our event.  Below are links to the presentations from the meeting: 

 "GIS Jobs in California State Service" - Jane Schafer-Kramer, Research Analyst II (Geographic Information Systems), Department of Water Resources 

Rim Fire Lidar Overview" - Jim Schmidt, GIS Analyst, Rim Fire Recover Project 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter GIS Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

Davis, Calif.— Take a winter course in Geographic Information Systems from UC Davis Extension. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
•    Dec. 16-18: Tues.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, 387 North Quad
•    $725. Enroll in section 143NAT401.

Python Programming for GIS
•    Feb. 4-25: Wed., 6-9 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, 387 North Quad.
•    $500. Enroll in section 143NAT431.

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS
•    Feb. 20-21 and March 6: Fri., Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, 387 North Quad
•    $650. Enroll in section 143NAT420.

Introduction to UrbanFootprint
•    March 24-25: Tues., Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, 387 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 143NAT423.

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

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