ESRI Free Seminars on LiDAR and more

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How to learn python

Which is a key language for ArcGIS.  Here’s an excerpt of resources from the GIS Lounge post on how important it is to learn programming for GIS in order to be successful.  I couldn’t agree with them more, and this is something I absolutely need to do!

Python (also see Python and GIS for more resources)

Beginner’s Guide to Python
Free, online resource to learning Python.

Google’s Python Class
Free class from Google to learn Python.

Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
Book that provides a concise introduction to software design using Python.   This book is the updated version of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python which can be downloaded for free under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Geoprocessing with Python using Open Source GIS
Structured  course outline by Chris Garrard of Utah State University with links to open source software, course slides, and data.

GIS Day – Wednesday, November 17, 2010 – Noon to 2 pm in the Data & GIS Lab!!!

*******All are welcome to join us in the international celebration of GIS with GIS Day 2010********

On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the Data & GIS Lab is hosting an open house where we invite you to drop by anytime between noon and 2 pm to play with Google Earth, test your geographical savvy with a few games, send a geo-greeting, and of course, eat some GIS Day cake!

There will be prizes handed out at random during the event, with a raffle drawing afterwards for two pairs of movie tickets and two $20 Triton Cards.  We expect lots of winners and lots of fun – please try to find a few minutes to swing by!

Where: Data & GIS Lab in the UC San Diego Social Sciences and Humanities Library (main floor of Geisel Library building)

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Time: Stop by anytime between Noon and 2 pm

More details on GIS Day can be found at   We hope to see you soon!


Tracey Hughes, GIS Coordinator, Social Sciences & Humanities Library, University of California San Diego Libraries

New free ebook on marine spatial analysis

Made known to me by the good folks at Mappamondo.  Check out their newsletter at and the free ebook at

GIS Certificate of Completion program at UC San Diego Extension

We’re pleased to inform the San Diego planning community of a local opportunity to gain valuable GIS skills.  This four course sequence is held at the UC San Diego Extension campus in Sorrento Valley and at allows working professionals the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion at the end of one year.  Please see the PDF document below for additional details and contact information.  The next sequence of courses begins Fall Quarter ’09 and we’d love to see you there!

PDF with Details:  ucsd_extension_gis_certificate1


Heidi Batchelor, Tracey Hughes and Jason Batchelor, UC San Diego Extension GIS Instructors

Categories: GIS Updates, Learning GIS

Introduction to ArcGIS I class to be held 8/31, 9/1 & 9/2 2009 in the Geisel Library building…

For current UC San Diego community members ONLY!

If you are a current UC San Diego community member, you are invited to register for an introductory level course for ArcGIS.  Details are as follows:

Introduction to ArcGIS IUCSD Geisel Library Building – Room 274, Library Electronic Classroom (LEC)
August 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, 2009  – – – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

You must be able to attend all class sessions in order to register.  The cost will be approximately $150 for each registrant and includes a course booklet, course data, and all sessions of instruction.  After your enrollment is confirmed, additional details will be sent to you regarding how to purchase the course book.  It is requested that you sign up for this class no later than August 10, 2009 so the appropriate number of books can be ordered and delivered prior to start of class.   To sign up, send an email to t2hughes at with the following information:

Full name
Address/Telephone number
UCSD Status (Undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff)
Departmental Affiliation (Major or Department you work with)

This is an introductory level class so if you have worked with GIS previously and are interested in more advanced topics, you might want to consider some of the Virtual Campus classes offered to you AT NO COST.  The list of classes is available at and be sure to select the Self-Study (Virtual Campus) class format.

This is a hands-on thorough foundational introduction to the power of ArcGIS Desktop software.  The course is specifically designed for those with no previous GIS experience; the only requirement is that you should be familiar with Windows-based software products.  By the end of this class, you will understand the structure of the ArcGIS software and GIS data, display geographic data, query a GIS database, edit geographic data and use tables in GIS through joins and relates.  All that, and you receive a certificate of completion from ESRI at the end of the last class, certifying your accomplishments in GIS!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Tracey at t2hughes @

Online GIS Related Seminars

Online Seminar Series: UC San Diego is part of the Global GIS Academy – a part of the Worldwide Universities Network.

  • The Academy hosts a fairly ongoing series of bi-weekly  high-quality online seminars.  The current topic is neogeography i.e. regular people creating geographic information with tools such as Google Maps, embedded GPS units in phones/cars/other devices, Google Earth, etc.  These are free for all UCSD community members since we are a part of the Network.

  • Past topics include public participation GIS, postgraduate research in geographic information science (GISc), spatio-temporal modeling in GIS environments, progress in GISc and ethics for GIS and science professionals.  For more details on how to participate or to view the archives of the seminars, go here.

How can I learn GIS?

The Lab has numerous options for learning the basics as well as resources for more advanced GIS help, including:

– Online training courses

– On-campus workshops and classes

– One-on-one sessions

– Individual consultations

A good way to start is to incorporate GIS into a project for a class or work. The Lab offers students free (yes, free!) copies of ArcGIS software, and free online courses to all members of the campus community.

Winter Quarter 08/09 Instructor Led Class Dates

The winter quarter instructor led ‘Introduction to ArcGIS I’ class dates are January 7, 8, 9 & 12, 2009.
Spring quarter dates have not yet been determined or announced.

Learning GIS at UC San Diego

There are several ways to learn GIS at UC San Diego, including taking a virtual campus class through ESRI free of charge, taking an instructor-led class with Tracey, schedule a project consultation with the Lab staff, or use our reference book collection to help you with a specific task. Take advantage of all of these while you are part of the UCSD community because it can be expensive to learn GIS on your own!

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