Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mapping California Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis

Mapping California Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS &
Community Analysis

Los Angeles: March 5th and 6th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of Los Angeles - 9841 Airport Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sacramento: March 5th and 6th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of Sacramento - 1860 Howe Ave., Ste 250 Sacramento, CA 95816

San Jose/Santa Clara: March 11th, 2009
ExecuTrain of Santa Clara - 2005 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 200 Santa Clara,
CA 95050

Orange/Irvine: March 12th and 13th, 2009*
QuickStart Training Center - 16815 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine,
CA 92606

Fresno: March 13th, 2009
Heald College - 255 W Bullard Ave Fresno, CA 93704

San Diego: March 18th, 2009
Technical Training Resources - 6920 Miramar Road, Suite 105 San Diego, CA

San Francisco: March 19th and 20th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of San Francisco- 101 Spear Street/One Rincon Center, Suite 245
San Francisco, CA 94105

*Note: These are one day workshops (8:30am - 4:30pm). Participants choose
which one day to attend.

More Info/Registration:
Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community

Participants will learn to use ArcGIS 9.3 to do the following:

Create thematic maps
Participants will learn to create thematic maps of their own data, and
display spatial trends in information.

Address mapping (geocoding)
Participants will learn to map addresses of their clients, their projects
or incidents such as crime and disease.

Download and Map Census & American Community Survey Data
Participants will learn to extract and map current Census data such as
poverty, race, language, population, transportation, education and
workforce characteristics.

Participants will also learn to:
Conduct spatial queries
Download free shapefiles
Create well-designed maps

Mapping techniques transferable to all other communities. Exercises are
designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required.

+ Comprehensive workbook (75 pages), which includes the presentation,
exercises and reference worksheets,

+ ArcGIS (ArcView 9.3) software 60-day trial CD set,

+ Thirty day free access to new 2005 Tiger/Line geography files (converted
to shapefiles) which include streets, zip codes, school districts, voting
districts, census tracts and many other useful geographies

+ Thirty day free access to our Analyzing Your Community: Local
Demographic Analysis Online Workshop

What People Are Saying about New Urban Research Workshops -

City of San Francisco: "One of the best computer training courses I've
been to, lively, informative, good level of difficulty for target

California Cancer Registry: "The workshop was great! The instructor is
very knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend this course
to a new GIS user."

UCLA: "This was such a great course! I appreciated the information on
where to find useful data."

Fresno City College: "This workshop was very informative and enlightening.
It demonstrated very powerful tools and concepts that I will definitely be
using in the future. The instructor was patient and gave a lot of
technical insight to the product."

New Urban Research, Inc. is a national social research organization
specializing in quantitative and spatial community analysis. NUR is an
ESRI Business Partner. New Urban Research, Inc. 2301 NW Thurman Street,
Suite S, Portland, Oregon 97210 | 877.241.6576 |
Message sent by: New Urban Research, 3323 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR,
97212, United States

Monday, January 26, 2009

SFO Asset Management Dept. - Student Intern Summary

SFO Asset Management Dept. - Student Intern Summary
City and County of San Francisco - Airport Commission: GIS Technician Intern
Department: Facilities Division - Asset Management Department
Timeframe: Summer 2009
The City and County of San Francisco - Airport Commission is currently seeking highly motivated college undergraduates eager to participate in our summer intern GIS program. Qualified interns will work alongside the GIS Administrator and the section leaders for the Asset Management Department within the Facilities Division serving to support the development, maintenance and data input to the central Geographic Information System (GIS). Work will be compiled on a project per project basis involving different departments such as utilities, electrical, and civil engineering sections, as well as survey and airfield operations groups. Primary duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Research scanned and archived documentation such as marked-up drawings, as-builts, imagery, orthophotography and GPS field surveys or tabular data to update existing central GIS database
• Work alongside section leaders to support the various GIS services and requests as administered by department and implemented by the Asset Management Department
• Support development, maintenance, and data updates to the airport basemap, building floor plans, utility, infrastructure, and environmental data stored in the central GIS database
• Capture and collect data in the field for modifications to the GIS database and web interface adhering to prescribed Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and agency standards and procedures
The qualified candidate will be familiar with symbols, terminology, and accepted standards and procedures in GIS and mapping, GIS data development and conversion, and will possess basic knowledge of principles of data collection. Prior experience with geospatial technology is not required and training will be provided as necessary. Preferred qualifications include experience in data collection for use in GIS, including GPS, and the ability to read and interpret specific procedural guidelines pertaining to GIS support, including locally developed documents. Work will be completed in a supervised environment that allows for individual work effort and independence however, assigned work will be monitored at various stages to ensure compliance with established standards and procedures.
The filing deadline is Monday, February 16, 2009. Please see the attached announcement for specific details. Thank you for your time and consideration as we are excited to work with qualified applicants desiring knowledge and experience in this high-paced technical environment!
Please contact Jason for more information at:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Santa Rosa 2010 Census Field Operations Office.

I rec'd a phone call today from Kathleen Collins, a recruiter from the Santa Rosa 2010 Census Field Operations Office. She is looking to hire students or any other interested parties who have map-reading and cartography experience, as well as a great sense of direction. There are wanting to fill these positions within the next 2-3 weeks. The job pays between $15-20/hour and is, of course, temporary as it's a census job.
She can be reached at 707-237-6245.
The main census number is 1-866-861-2010.
Is this information that we would want to pass on the listserv? Thanks,

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Hello all,

Second Registration is next just week. Now is your opportunity to sign

This class is a lot of fun, and promised to give you very valuable and
MARKETABLE skills transferrable to mapmaking, advertising, marketing,
business, graphic arts and studio arts.

For more details, visit the newly updated website:

If you plan to take this class, but do not intend to sign up until open
registration, when the unit limit is lifted, please let me know NOW. We
have to meet minimum class size, so if you are silent, the class may
disappear before you have a chance to make your intentions known.

Write to me directly at:

Wishing you a relaxing and rejuvenating break,
Prof. Laney

Wednesday, January 7, 2009



Details Information and Application Form download

The Bay Area Automated Mapping Association (BAAMA) is proud to announce their 2009 Education Award!

The BAAMA Education Award is designed to support and encourage higher education students who use GIS technology, both as a major field of study or as a specialized software tool to support other degree or certificate goals.

Subject matter for the GIS project topics includes, but is not limited to:
- Public health
- Transportation
- Planning
- Environment
- Conservation
- Social and cultural sciences
- Public safety

There are four competition categories:
- Web application: Websites for all competition entries must be active through April 2009.
- Poster: Poster that tells a geographic story and summarizes a work or project
- Map: Map that tells a geographic story and summarizes a work or project
- Other GIS-related business application At least one high quality map or poster must be received in the non-web categories to warrant awarding a prize. If no high quality map or poster is received in these categories, judges can decide not to award a prize.

Deadline: February 13th, 2009; entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST.
Winners will be announced on March 6th and posted on BAAMA’s web site

- First-place winner will be provided an Education Awards check for $2500.
- Each of the second- and third-place winners will be provided $1500 and $1000, respectively.
- First-, second-, and third-place winners all receive Individual Membership to BAAMA for the 2008-09 fiscal year.
All Education Award winners will receive complementary entry to CalGIS on April 6 - 9, 2009, Sacramento, where they will make a presentation about their work.
All awardees will receive a letter of recognition. Winners will be announced in the BAAMA Journal and at CalGIS 2009.

Submittals in the four categories will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:

2. CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: Is it an innovative map or are there a hundred like it out there already? How much of the work is borrowed from the work of others?
3. CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: Artistic Merit and Cartographic presentation. Clarity of Communication - how well does the map communicate the information it was designed to portray? Quality of Graphical Composition - is information appropriately presented and at an appropriate level of refinement? Given the intended audience for the map, is the cartographic design fitting? Website projects will be evaluated on website design, interface, and ease of use, in addition to other criteria listed above.
4. SIGNIFICANCE: How does the project hold significance or potential impact related to a target population or real-world issue?
5. TECHNOLOGY: What type of technology is used? Is the design efficient? How innovative is the use of GIS software?
6. RELIABILITY/COMPATABILITY: The product has to be ROBUST. A great looking website that crashes all the time isn't much of a success. A big part of web design is knowing how to deal with the web environment, particularly system crashes, freeze-ups, color palette problems, screen resolutions, download times, cross-platform issues, and general presentation stability. When this is done well, a site becomes transparent and usability becomes ubiquitous. A high level of design in this regard deserves to be rewarded.

• Judges shall use Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, or Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher, with a true color monitor.
• Judges will be solicited from the membership of BAAMA. A panel of three judges will evaluate each application.
• When a map is submitted, the competition director will make an initial evaluation of the map to determine whether the quality is minimally acceptable, the map is generally working, and appropriate citations and credits are given. If problems exist, the director may decline the entry with comments or instructions to the entrant. Once the director accepts the map for judging, the entrant will be notified that the map has been successfully entered into the competition.

To apply, an individual must satisfy all requirements below:
1. A student enrolled full-time in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate program from the nine Bay Area counties (may attend any 2-year or 4-year program). Proof of student status must be submitted with the application – a copy of the applicant’s current semester schedule printed from their registration system.
2. The applicant must be an individual student who is a BAAMA member or a student who is enrolled in a college or university that is a BAAMA educational sponsor. Applicants may submit a BAAMA membership application along with his/her application.
3. Applications would be based on projects completed during the January 2008 to February 2009 calendar year.

• A completed application form (attached).
•A map/map series/project printout, which summarizes the findings and conclusions of the project that uses geospatial technology (to support the application form). Screenshots of project work will be accepted; however, cartographic and other project design will be evaluated in the screenshot. List URL to web application, if applicable.
•Please submit application and project/map in Adobe PDF format. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Convert to PDF at Abode’s website: .

• All work must be the original work of the entrant. Use of third party or commercial technology is permitted, but must be appropriately cited. The data, if not produced by the entrant, must also be appropriately cited.
•Applicants may enter as many times as they wish, but can only win one prize.
•Up to four applicants may enter the same project (if they each had primary responsibilities in the group project).
•If appropriate, the same map may be entered in both award categories.
•Entries must have been created between November 2008 and February 2009.
•Entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST February 13th, 2009.
•Web sites for all competition entries must be active through April 2009.
•Questions may be referred to