Geospatial Community News

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:15 AM | Mōno Simeone (Administrator)

    Mapping with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – Reno Symposium, October 21-22, 2014

    Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available!


    UAS technology firms, geospatial and engineering consultants, government agencies, universities, and research institutions will all convene in Reno, Nevada on October 21-22, 2014 for the ASPRS UAS Technology Demonstration and Symposium.


    The symposium will be held at the Reno Ballroom, directly across the street from the conference hotel, the El Dorado, located in downtown Reno.  The event will include panel discussions on vehicles and sensors, as well as sessions on data collection, overseas opportunities, U.S. opportunities and emerging applications.  Experts from across the nation, and from leading firms will present and participate.  Attendance of 500 is expected.


    Sponsorship opportunities

    Please visit the conference website ( for an array of sponsorship levels that will enable your firm to shine in the spotlight at the first UAS symposium specifically focused on mapping applications and the mapping profession.


    Registration is open

    Visit the conference website ( for details.


    For more information or any questions, please contact our conference committee outreach coordinator, Devin Kelley at: 

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    This 3-day hands-on class introduces participants to the environmental applications of ESRI's ArcGIS 10 software. The course will build upon a discussion of general concepts and vocabulary to form a comprehensive overview of ArcGIS 10’s functions and uses in the environmental field. Each participant will have their his or her own computer workstation to create, edit, display and analyze real world environmental data during numerous hands-on exercises. On the third day, participants will have an opportunity to expand their skills by applying their knowledge to more complex and in-depth projects.

    "Brian is very knowledgable and used different examples during lectures/exercises of how GIS can be useful to our work.  I also thought the pace and content of the course was appropriate.  I learned more about GIS working through class exercises." L. Ramierz, June 2013

    "Very hands on, interesting exercise sets, used a lot of relevant tools….Great job. I would take a class from Brian again!" P. Poe, June 2013

    "It is very applicable to my job duties, I will immediately be able to use these tools." E. Moore, March 2013
    "…very relevant to natural resource work. " S. Miller, March 2013

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:

    • Apply a conceptual overview of GIS and spatial analysis to environmental data
    • Understand and utilize the fundamental capabilities of ArcGIS
    • Conduct overlay analysis
    • Create intersects, buffers, unions and clips using the Geoprocessing Wizard
    • Measure spatial relationships between layers of geographic data
    • Perform complex relational database queries
    • Generate presentation-quality maps
    For More Info:
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:28 PM | Mōno Simeone (Administrator)

    You’re invited ……. to the fourth annual CGIA GeoSummit at UC Merced on Friday, March 14th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the California Room.

    “GIS…integrating your community, world, life – The Application of GIS”


    As part of CGIA’s outreach initiative, we have again partnered with UC Merced to present a day filled with amazing speakers on the application of GIS. This event brings together state and regional GIS experts, educators, graduate students, and faculty using GIS in their research, in addition to community members with an interest in GIS. This year’s event features speakers from all walks of GIS to share their work and research using the latest in GIS technology to understand and address local, regional, and statewide concerns. Speakersthis year include:

    • Keynote Speaker: Paul Doherty, ESRI, Disaster Response Program
    • Scott Gregory, GIO, State of California
    • Harold Feinberg, DOT, State of California
    • Jared Rutledge, Fresno County Epidemiologist
    • Sonja Thiede, Resource Analyst, Kings River Conservation District
    • Jeff Orton, GIS Coordinator, Paramount Citrus
    • Laurie Maak, Green 360
    • John Minkler, ACEL Charter School

    In addition to the speakers, we are having a map gallery and encourage attendees to bring maps for display. At the end of the event there will be tours of the new UC Merced Spatial Analysis and Research Center lab (SpARC).

    This is a great day to spend at the beautiful UC Merced campus, all about GIS. So whether you are new to GIS, would like to learn more about it and how it affects you, or a seasoned practitioner, this is a great event to attend. We hope you will join us.

    Admission is free, registration is required, lunch is included, and parking costs $6.00 for the day. For further information please contact: RuthAnne Harbison at

    In addition to UC Merced, CGIA would like to thank the following co-sponsors: the City of Merced,

    CentralCal URISA, NorCal URISA ,ReCCES, HSRI, The Blum Center, UC Merced SNRI, ESRI, and SpARC.

    Please register at:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:15 PM | Anonymous
    The next Conservation GIS meetup will take place on September 3 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at John Colins in San Francisco. We will be meeting on the mezzanine level. All are welcome; please rsvp at the link below if you can join us for a drink!

    Address: 138 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:19 AM | Anonymous
    Last year, USGIF granted 25 young professionals the exclusive opportunity to attend the GEOINT Symposium for free and participate in YPG-only activities that included a mentoring luncheon, special exhibit hall tours, and an invitation to the VIP Chairman's reception where they got to talk with NGA Director Letitia Long.
    USGIF is now accepting applications and nominations for this year's GEOINT Symposium Young Professionals Program. The Foundation will select up to 25 individuals to receive the "Golden Ticket." In order to qualify, applicants must agree to fully participate in all activities specified  Participants must be able to attend the entire GEOINT 2013 Symposium, beginningSunday, October 13, and ending the evening of Wednesday, October 16The exact Young Professional Program agenda is being finalized but will be available in August. Previous "Golden Ticket" recipients are not eligible for selection. Selected individuals will be responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations.
    To apply for this exclusive opportunity, email by 5 p.m. EST, August 5 with your name, title, organization, date of birth, and a letter of support from your supervisor. This information should be accompanied by responses to the following questions:
    1. What is your current position at your organization?
    2. How many years have you been in the GEOINT Community?
    3. What was your college major?
    4. Have you or do you currently serve in the military?
    5. Is this your first time at the GEOINT Symposium, and if not how many have you attended?
    6. How many USGIF YPG events have you participated in within the last calendar year?
    7. If you could sit down and talk with anyone in the GEOINT community, who would you choose
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:53 PM | Anonymous
    SFEI just released EcoAtlas as well as a suite of other aquatic resource management tools. Check them out at:

    SFEI EcoAtlast & aquatic resource management tool release
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:34 AM | Anonymous
    SCGIS Annual Conference
    July 16-18, 2013
    Asilomar Conference Grounds
    Pacific Grove, California

    We are happy to announce the 16th Annual Society for Conservation GIS
    Conference!  Please join us at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific
    Grove, California from July 16-18, 2013.

    Why attend?

    Made up of conservationists, geographers, scientists, students, managers,
    educators, and more, SCGIS is a diverse group of professionals dedicated to
    using GIS to achieve conservation goals. If you share similar interests and
    are willing to learn and share, please consider this the conference for
    you. And unlike other conferences where you are constantly hustled from one
    place to the next, you will be given time to talk to people: meals are
    shared, there are socials, and plenty of down-time between sessions to ask
    questions and share experiences with fellow attendees.

    Visit the SCGIS website to get details about the conference, including
    important dates and instructions.

    2013 SCGIS Pre-Conference Checklist:

    1. Become an SCGIS member or renew your membership - members get discounted
    conference and pre-conference workshop rates:

    2. Register for the 2013 Conference, and sign-up for a pre-conference

    3. Download the Asilomar accommodation reservation form and submit to
    Asilomar as per the instructions on the form:

    If you have any questions about this year's registration process, please
    contact us at

    Carolyn Hughes and David Asbury
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