Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Esri's Imaging & Mapping Forum

Did you know that this year’s Esri Imaging & Mapping Forum will be the premier drone event at the Esri User Conference? 
Come see our newly designed drone cage showcasing a wide array of designs and models. See these innovative solutions 
take flight as industry experts demonstrate how imagery collected by unmanned aerial systems can be used for mapping 
and inspections with Drone2Map for ArcGIS.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Presentations & Announcements from the May 18, 2016 GIS User Group Meeting

A big thank you to our presenters at the May 18th 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:

Amadea Azerki and Dan Henderson, GISP, PMP, Esri 

Dr. Jeff Tolhurst, Professor of Earth Science and GIS at Columbia College

Below are links to announcements from the meeting:

Looking for a new job? Check out the job page, there are currently 12 openings posted. 

Next Meeting:
We are looking to plan the next meeting in October. Interested in presenting? Please contact me at  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sacramento GIS User Group Meeting - May 18, 2016 at 9am

GIS User Group Meeting Agenda -  May 18, 2016
9am - 12pm

New City Hall, Council Chambers
City of Sacramento
915 I Street 
Sacramento CA

9:00am Welcome

Insights and Esri Apps
Dan Henderson, GISP, PMP, Esri 

GIS Utilization at Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
Dean Halstead and Anthony Cathey, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

10:15am Break

Drones in GIS
Dr. Jeff Tolhurst, Professor of Earth Science and GIS at Columbia College

Managing NPDES Outfall Surveys using Workforce

*Find Parking on the City's interactive parking map!

RSVP via Evite 

Friday, February 19, 2016

County of Sacramento Coding Contest

In partnership with Code for Sacramento, a Code for America brigade, and e.Republic, Sacramento County is hosting a Coding Contest across 6 weeks beginning March 1st.

Get the Details:

There is prize money to top 3 winners.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Winter GIS Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

Winter GIS Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

Davis, Calif.— Take a winter 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.

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS
Explore alternatives for coupling digital imagery with GPS-derived positions, and evaluate data quality in imagery and GPS-derived positions.
•    Feb. 19-20 & March 4: Fri.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $675. Enroll in section 153NAT420.

Python Programming for GIS
Learn fundamental programming and GIS principles commonly used in the GIS industry in this hands-on workshop.
•    Feb. 3-24: Wed., 6-9 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 153NAT431.

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.

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For more information, please visit our website at

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us:
UC Davis Extension
1333 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA  95618
(800) 752-0881
(530) 757-8777 from Davis and Woodland

Thursday, September 3, 2015

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

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