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About micheletobias

I lead two lives - one as an artist and the other as a scientist. More and more I'm finding my two worlds colliding, and it's not the disaster you might expect.

Call for Participation: #maptimeDavis Research Cluster

Call for Participation: #maptimeDavis Research Cluster

The UC Davis DataLab (formerly the Data Science Initiative, DSI) has selected geospatial research as one of the focus areas for a Research Cluster for the 2019-2020 academic year. We’re calling it the #maptimeDavis Research Cluster because we see it as an extension of the #maptimeDavis community already active on the UC Davis campus. 

What is a Research Cluster? A Research Cluster is an interdisciplinary group of researchers of all types (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, post doc, staff, etc.) that meet to learn concepts and methods with an aim towards furthering the research capabilities of the participants. 

What is the focus within the broad topic of geospatial?  The participants in a research cluster collaboratively decide on a topic and any goals.  Previous successful research clusters are working collaboratively on publications and producing a day-long conference.

How to participate:

  1.       Register your interest & contact info here:
  2.       Michele Tobias will coordinate with interested people to find an initial meeting time.
  3.       At the first meeting, we will discuss the interests of the participants, decide on a topic, and draft a plan for moving forward.

Please send questions to Michele Tobias

#maptimeDavis Spring 2019 Schedule

#maptime is time for making maps! Join the UC Davis geospatial community for a mapping skills workshop series.  Workshops take place Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the DSI Classroom, 360 Shields Library.  Register for workshops on the UC Davis Library’s Workshops Page.

Date Topic Speaker
April 16 Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon *1017 Wickson Hall Register Mapping Club
April 23 NDVI Time Series Data in R  Register Mahesh Maskey & Kristen Shapiro
April 30 Intro to GIS with QGIS  Register Michele Tobias
May 7 UC Davis Annual Drone Fair *Kemper Hall Lobby Register Center for Spatial Sciences
May 14 Historical Mapping with Open Source Tools  Register Emily Merchant & Michael Mortimer
May 21 Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro  *1014 Wickson Computer Lab   Register Matthew Twietmeyer, ESRI
28 May Geospatial Career Panel Discussion  Register Center for Spatial Sciences
June 4 Introduction to Python in ArcGIS Pro & ArcGIS R-Bridge *1014 Wickson Computer Lab  Register Matthew Twietmeyer, ESRI

Workshops are designed, prepared, and presented by members of the community.    #maptime Davis is brought to you by the UC Davis Library’s Data & Digital Scholarship Department & the UC Davis Center for Spatial Sciences with help from several campus clubs and informal learning groups.  Space is generously provided by the Data Science Initiative (DSI).

#maptimeDavis – Spatial SQL


When: October 29th, 2018 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location:  360 Shields Library (DSI Classroom)
Cost:  Totally FREE!
Prerequisite: No experience necessary!
Presenters: Michele Tobias

About: Do you ever wish you could speed up your spatial analysis – just tell the computer to process the data, then sit back, and let it go?  Do you work with big datasets that don’t load well in a graphical GIS like ArcMap or QGIS?  Maybe you’ve got a bunch of shapefiles that need to be combined in a specific way? Well, this is the right place for you. This session will provide background and hands-on experience with geospatial databases. Participants will learn how to import data, manage the spatial columns in a database, and run spatial processes like buffer or clip from a database environment.

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#maptimeDavis Mapping Surface Water Change with Google Earth Engine

greatsaltlakeIn this special 3 hour #maptimeDavis session, Ani Ghosh will teach attendees how to use Google Earth Engine for spatial analysis questions related to mapping surface water. Google Earth Engine code editor uses Earth Engine JavaScript API to access various datasets, perform spatial analysis and data visualization in your browser. Prior experience with any programming language (javascript, R, Python… even writing functions for Excel) will be helpful but is not necessary.  This workshop is scheduled to last three hours to allow for plenty of time to learn and try Earth Engine, but participants do not need to stay for the entire session.

When? Tuesday, April 24, 1:00-4:00

Where?  The Data Science Initiative Classroom – Shields Library room 360

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#maptimeDavis Field Work Prep

You’ve been through all the equipment catalogs and that one thing you need just isn’t available for purchase.  Whether it’s ground control targets, quadrat frames, or permanent markers, you’re just going to have to make it yourself.  But how?  This installation of #maptimeDavis takes us on a tour of UC Davis’ own Craft Center to learn about the tools and resources available to you AND we’ll get a demonstration of common GPS devices for taking your own GPS points.

When? Tuesday, April 17, 1:00-3:00 – Meet at the Craft Center

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#maptimeDavis Is My Research Mappable?




“Is My Research Mappable?” is an introductory workshop on map making and GIS for researchers.

This workshop will introduce GIS and spatial data, include activities for brainstorming with other researchers, and provide resources for getting started working with spatial data.  Examples from medicine, literature, history, and social science!  In this session we won’t be using any specific software, but rather we will focus on discussion & demonstrations.

When? Tuesday, April 10, 1:00-3:00 in the DSI Classroom – room 360 Shields Library

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