#maptimeDavis Humanitarian Mapathon


Spring quarter’s #maptimeDavis OpenStreetMap Humanitarian Mapathon will support disaster planning and relief by identifying routes and communities in satellite imagery.   Join the geospatial community on May 8, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 in the DSI Classroom (360 Shields Library) for an OSM editing session that includes a tutorial for those who are new or need a refresher.  No experience is necessary!

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#maptimeDavis Learn to High Performance Compute: Geo Style


Have you been doing geospatial processes that takes hours, days, or weeks to run? Been wondering if there’s an easy way to make it go faster?

Come learn some ways to take your toolbox to the next level with High Performance Computing (HPC). We’ll discuss and walk-through some examples of taking a iterative processes and turning them into parallel processes that can leverage more power from a single computers or multiple computers (clusters).

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

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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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DigitalGlobe Foundation to Provide Free Access to Satellite Imagery for UC Davis

A village area in Nepal — Satellite image courtesy of the DigitalGlobe Foundation.

The University of California, Davis recently entered into a partnership with the DigitalGlobe Foundation, which will enable campus affiliates to freely access high-resolution satellite images from DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), for research and educational purposes. Through this collaboration, the DigitalGlobe Foundation will provide sub-meter spatial resolution geospatial data to support the University’s research. The Foundation’s aim is to foster innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, food and water security, building resilient cities, and recovery from large-scale natural disasters.

“This type of data is what we often see after disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and severe storms, but the actual range of use of the imagery to help answer ecological and agricultural questions is much wider,” said Susan Ustin, Professor of Environmental and Resource Sciences in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

DigitalGlobe imagery has been used to support groundbreaking research on measuring the effects of climate change on the landscape, understanding animal populations and biodiversity, identifying undiscovered archeological sites, and determining how to best provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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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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#maptimeDavis Spring 2018 Schedule

#maptime is time for making maps! Join the UC Davis geospatial community for a mapping skills workshop series.  Workshops take place Tuesdays 1:10-3:00pm in the DSI Classroom, 360 Shields Library.  Register for workshops on the UC Davis Library’s Workshops Page.

Date Topic Speaker
10-Apr Is My Research Mappable?
An introduction to map making
and GIS for researchers Register
Michele Tobias
17-Apr  Field Work Prep: Craft Center Tour + GPS
***Meet at the Craft Center  Register
 Jared Tolla
(UCD Craft Center) &
Scott Herbert
(California Survey & Drafting Supply)
24-Apr Mapping Surface Water Change with Earth Engine
***1:00-4:00  Register
 Ani Ghosh
1-May Learn to High Performance Compute: Geo style
*** Register
 Alex Mandel
8-May OpenStreetMap Mapathon
***  Register
 Emily Hurry & The Geospatial Community
15-May Collecting Location Data with Phones and Tablets *** Register  Alex Mandel
22-May Remote Sensing with Planet
*** Register
 Orestis Herodotou (Planet)
29-May RSpatial.org Species Distribution Modeling: Bigfoot Example
***  Register
 Elise Hellwig

#maptime Davis is brought to you by the UC Davis Library’s Data Management Program & 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).