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