2013 URISA Student Competition Opens

URISAURISA is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2013 Student Competition. URISA hosts an annual Student Competition to encourage students in a variety of academic settings and disciplines to write and publish papers and posters to share with the URISA membership and others in the geospatial technologies industry.  The submission may include research projects, case studies, projects, or any type of methodology in which geospatial technology and skills were used or could be used.

Submissions will be accepted until June 3, 2013 in two categories:

PAPERS – Students are invited to submit a paper for the competition and possible inclusion in the URISA Journal. The papers will undergo a review process under the direction of an esteemed panel of academic and practitioner members of URISA. Lead authors of the top papers receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA and free registration to GIS-Pro 2013 (along with an opportunity to present at the conference). Students are encouraged to submit essays on geospatial issues as well as technical research papers, relating to any field geospatial field. Students should display original thought and creativity in the development of the papers.

POSTERS – Community College and GIS Certificate students are specifically invited to submit posters for the competition. The posters will undergo a review process under the direction of an esteemed panel of academic and practitioner members of URISA. The top ten posters will receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA.

For details and submission guidelines, visit http://www.urisa.org/student_competition

[Source: URISA press release]

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates – Geospatial Research and Mapping (GRAM) – Application Deadline March 1st 2013

http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/geography/nsf-reu/

Geography and Archaeology undergraduates, as well as others interested in the study of landscapes, may be interested in our summer 2013 field program on geospatial research and mapping (GRAM) that will take place at both California State University Long Beach and at the famous* Kualoa Ranch in the picturesque Ka’a’awa valley on the north shore of O’ahu.

This field research program is a joint effort between faculty in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at CSULB and is focused on the use of cutting edge geospatial techniques (e.g., satellite and aerial imagery, the use of UAVs, geographic information systems, spectral analyses, topography generation, landscape analyses, and near surface remote sensing).   The research being undertaken by GRAM includes the study of prehistoric landscapes as well as contemporary resources and environments.

Our website (http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/geography/nsf-reu/) describes the overall program and include the research of last year’s students, the application form and additional program information. This is the second year of our 3 year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

This year’s GRAM project will take place June 2 to June 30 and include training in Long Beach and on Oahu. The NSF-REU program provides funding for student to cover travel, housing, tuition costs as well as a small stipend. Applications are competitive and open to undergraduates across the country.

Note that students must be enrolled as undergraduates in order to meet the requirements of the REU program — graduated seniors are not eligible per NSF rules.

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* The site of the field work is famously known as the location of the filming for Lost, Jurassic Park, among other TV shows and films.

2013 Training Opportunity in GIS and Land Management

gsdi_logoThe Societal Impacts Committee of the GSDI Association will provide a free training opportunity for up to three candidates from Africa or Latin America to attend the ICLPST (International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training) training Seminar on Geographical Information Systems and Land Management in Taipei. The training seminar will begin on March 20, 2013 and conclude on April 02, 2013.

Chinese Taipei is the sponsor of the training program that entrusts ICLPST to carry out the project. Each candidate must satisfy the following guidelines:

(a) Candidates must be an individual member of the International Geospatial Society (IGS) or must be affiliated with an organization that is a member of the GSDI Association.

(b) Candidates must be proficient in both spoken and written English in order to be able to follow lectures and instructions conducted in English. Nominees with basic computer skills will be considered more suitable for this course.

(c) Candidates must be persons who are presently working as an administrator, planner or project analyst in areas such as land use and management, urban planning, land surveying, spatial data infrastructure, geographic information systems, etc.

(d) Candidates must be under the age of 55 and must be medically certified as fit for study and travel abroad. Please see the referenced Medical Report form for the required physical check-up. Those who are taking medication for chronic diseases have to prepare sufficient medication for the duration of the stay in Chinese Taipei.

All participants should have valid passports and visas (they shall apply for a visa valid for at least a one month stay) for entry into Chinese Taipei. Please note that each participant will receive a round-trip, economy-class air ticket for travel between his/her country’s capital city and Taipei by the most direct route, and will be provided with board and lodging expenses during the training seminar. The participant is fully responsible to pay for any and all other incidental expenses in connection with the travel such as visa fees, airport taxes, en-route hotel accommodations, etc.

To better facilitate discussions among the participants and with the lecturers, we require that every participant prepare a country paper about developments in their home country to be presented in class. The topic should be relevant to the theme of the course (see the curriculum). Each country-based presentation is limited to 20 minutes. A computer and projector will be provided by the Center (ICLPST) for the presentation. However, outside the presentation, participants are expected to bring and use their own laptop computers during the training seminar.

If you are interested in the training seminar, please fill in the application form and medical report form (only after selected) found at http://ngis.moi.gov.tw/lan_en/Content.aspx?MenuID=95&SubjectID=466, and send it to Mr. Jeremy Shen, vice chair of the Societal Impacts Committee of the GSDI Association at jeremyshen0120@hotmail.com or moi0795@moi.gov.tw before January 31, 2013. Every application submitted will be reviewed by GSDI Association’s Societal Impacts Committee and the President of the International Geospatial Society. Selections should occur within 7 to 10 days.

Esri Celebrates National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week

Esri logoRedlands, California, Organizations Promote Geography through Engaging Events

Esri—in partnership with the City of Redlands, California; University of Redlands; Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa- Regional Occupational Program (ROP); and Inland Valley Newspapers Group—will host a series of activities that will educate about the importance and value of geographic information systems (GIS). The events are part of National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week, which celebrates geography worldwide and will take place November 11–17, 2012.

“We’ve lined up fun, informative activities for all ages,” says Jacqueline Gimenez, Global Marketing Programs manager at Esri. “This is the most comprehensive set of geography-related events organized for the City of Redlands since GIS Day began in 1999. Our goal is to show how geography and GIS improve the community and impact citizens’ daily lives.”

The week’s events will kick off on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m., with a presentation by former National Geographic chief cartographer and current Esri staffer Allen Carroll at the Redlands Forum on the Esri campus. He’ll share his experiences creating story maps and discuss the value of using maps and GIS to tell stories.

Celebrating GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, Esri and its partners will provide interactive demonstrations, engaging presentations, and a special reception at the Redlands A. K. Smiley Library from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event will be open to everyone.

GIS Day is an opportunity for Redlands residents to understand how GIS is used within their community. Several representatives from the five local hosts will give presentations on how their respective groups use GIS to improve the community. Student GIS projects will be featured, allowing a glimpse into how this technology will be used by future GIS professionals.

As a special treat, there will be interactive opportunities at the reception for children to learn about the importance of geography. Esri staff will read geography-related stories to children inside the library during two story times.

To round out the events, historical maps from the University of Redlands library collection will be displayed at the university and at the Smiley Library throughout the week.

To learn more about the Redlands events, visit gisday.com/redlands.

[Source: Esri press release]

Call for Nominations: The Marble-­Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Award in Geographic Science

The application deadline is October 15, 2012

The Association of American Geographer’s Marble Fund for Geographic Science is pleased to announce the new Marble-Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Awards. These awards aim to recognize excellence in academic performance by undergraduate students from the United States and Canada who are putting forth a strong effort to bridge geographic science and computer science as well as to encourage other students to embark upon similar programs. These awards, together with the William L. Garrison Award for Best Dissertation in Computational Geography, are activities of the Marble Fund and are supported by donations to the Fund.  In the case of the current awards, the support of Mr. Jack Dangermond is gratefully acknowledged.

Duane Marble and Ray Boyle in Honolulu at the Joint U.S.–Australia GIS Meeting in 1982

Duane Marble and Ray Boyle in Honolulu at the Joint U.S.–Australia GIS Meeting in 1982

The award is named for Dr. Duane Marble, creator of the Marble Fund, and for the late Dr. A. R. (Ray) Boyle who was a major contributor to the early development of both computer cartography and geographic information systems.  Ray Boyle was born in England in 1920 and served with the British Admiralty during World War II.  After the war, he developed and patented many graphic systems for plotting and digitizing and was the inventor of the “free cursor” digitizing system that was the basis for the digital entry of much early spatial data. After moving to Canada in 1965 he was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan where, among many other achievements, he developed the first digital system for nautical chart production for the Canadian Hydrographic Service. He worked for many years with Dr. Roger Tomlinson on the technical evaluation of GIS software and was also an active member of the IGU Commission on Geographical Data Sensing & Processing for many years.

Applications

At any time during the stated application period applicants may submit an application using our online application form. This form will ask applicants to provide:

  • Personal information (name, address, email, phone number, etc.) together with a statement of their intention to apply for the award.
  • An essay of no more than 800 words, formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced with 1” margins, identifying the individual’s areas of interest within geographic science and computer science, a description of his or her career goals, and a statement as to  how his or her  joint background in geographic science and computer science will help to meet these goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor, department chair or program director. The letter should clearly address both the applicant’s academic performance as well as their potential for a career or further education that utilizes their geographic science and computer science background. Recommendation letters must be signed and written on institutional letterhead. They must be sent in PDF form directly by the referee to the Chair of the Review Committee to grantsawards@aag.org .
  • An official or unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript(s) with all relevant courses in geographic science and computer science, and grades received in these courses, highlighted.
  • For each highlighted course, the applicant must  provide a one or two sentence description of the course content, the text book(s) used (if applicable), and the name(s) of the instructor(s).

All elements of the application must be received at grantsawards@aag.org no later than the close of  business in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2012.

Full information on the awards and the application process may be found at http://www.aag.org/cs/marble-boyle

[Source: AAG press release]

Free Webinar: Integrating Geographic Information into AutoCAD

Esri logoAugust 2, 2012

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific daylight time)

ArcGIS for AutoCAD from Esri makes it easy for AutoCAD users to access maps and data from ArcGIS for use in computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. This free downloadable application also helps them prepare CAD data for use within ArcGIS while still maintaining CAD standards.

To become familiar with the application, join Esri for a free live training seminar, ArcGIS for AutoCAD, on August 2, 2012. After viewing this seminar, you will understand how to do the following:

  • Prepare GIS data using AutoCAD
  • Edit geodatabases within AutoCAD
  • Access, manage, edit, and view geographic information via ArcGIS for Server while in AutoCAD
  • View and use maps from ArcGIS Online within AutoCAD
  • Extract geometry and attributes while in AutoCAD from ArcGIS Online and your organization’s ArcGIS for Server maps

This live training seminar is geared toward AutoCAD and ArcGIS users who want to share geographic information in their project workflows. A basic understanding of AutoCAD and ArcGIS is recommended.

Attendees need a broadband Internet connection and an Esri Global Account to watch the live training seminar. Creating an Esri Global Account is easy and free: visit esri.com/lts, click Login, and register your name and address.

Integration of Geospatial Science in Teacher Education

Journal of GeographyJournal of Geography, Volume 111, Issue 5, 2012

Peggy Hauselt and Jennifer Helzer

“One of the primary missions of our university is to train future primary and secondary teachers. Geospatial sciences, including GIS, have long been excluded from teacher education curriculum. This article explains the curriculum revisions undertaken to increase the geospatial technology education of future teachers. A general education class introducing geospatial technology to the general student body has been developed, a cartography class has been modified to provide applied geospatial experience explicitly for future teachers, and a service learning partnership with local K–12 schools has been established where students are working with teachers to integrate geospatial sciences in their academic programs.”