Registration open for the 2011 ESRI Education User Conference and International User Conference

See the ESRI site at

FOR UCSD PEOPLE ONLY:  We generally get a handful of full conference passes each year that get distributed via lottery and/or request.  If you think you are able to attend the ENTIRE conference, please be in touch with Tracey at t2hughes @  If you only want to go for one day, you get to do that for free just by going down to the San Diego Convention Center on the day that you want to attend with your UCSD ID in hand and register on site for free!

Data Documentation Initiative Workshop at UC San Diego Libraries in January

If you have interest or the ability to attend, please keep reading!

Data Documentation Initiative Workshops – January 10-12, 2011

The UC San Diego Libraries are pleased to host, in conjunction with the ALA mid-winter meeting in San Diego, a two-part workshop on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI; on January 10-12, 2011.  DDI is a community XML standard being deployed internationally for describing, managing, and accessing data sets.  DDI originated in the social sciences domain but is now being applied to clinical trial data and other non-social science data.

The goal of this workshop, the first workshop for DDI3 in the United States, is to familiarize data curators and managers with this standard and its potential role in good management practices for data.  There is no registration fee for either part of the workshop, but seating is limited for the second part and will be doled out on a first come basis.

The first part of the workshop, “An Overview for Data Creators and Managers,” will take place on Monday, January 10, 2011, and is intended for administrators, managers, and other staff who are, or may become, involved in the management of research data.  The workshop will provide a general overview of DDI and will relate the use of the DDI standard to the data curation life cycle and current best practices for managing data.  Participants will take away a core understanding of the value and application of DDI to data management activities, including data creation and acquisition, management and preservation, and dissemination.

The second part of the workshop, “Using DDI to Manage Data: a Hands-On Workshop,” will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 11-12, 2011.  This second part is a two-day, hands-on tutorial for using and applying DDI. Under the guidance of the instructors of the workshop and by way of hands-on exercises, participants will become familiar with the technical details of the specification and will learn techniques and tools for working with DDI. Participants will also learn how to incorporate the DDI standard into an organization’s processes for data stewardship.  Persons participating in the second part of the workshop are required to attend the first part as well, thus making it a three-day event.  As noted, seating is limited for the second part of the workshop and will be doled out on a first come basis.

Knowledge of XML is not a requirement for attending either part of the workshop.

The workshop will be taught by Arofan Gregory (Metadata Technology North America – Knoxville, TN) and Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota).

The workshop is sponsored by the University of California Curation Center (UC3), UC San Diego Libraries, UCLA Library, and UC Merced Library.


Those who would like to attend should send their RSVP as soon as possible to Katie Spencer (, Head of the Training Program, UC San Diego Libraries.  Any questions about this workshop opportunity should also be directed to Katie Spencer.

RSVP responses should include the following:

·                 name

·                 title

·                 email address

·                 telephone number

·                 indication whether registering for the 1 day overview or the 3 day workshop

UCSD GIS Research Assistant Opportunity

If you have the skills and the time, this is a great group and a great opportunity.  Please contact them directly at the information contained below.  : )

Position Title

Research Assistant


UCSD School of Medicine, Division of Global Public Health

Research Areas

HIV/STI transmission, Cross-border Health, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis

Research Project

This project will explore the complex interrelationships between geography, neighborhood context, and individual behavior on HIV/STI susceptibility among female sex workers (FSW) in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  A major objective is to identify a consistent geographically derived measure for combining, displaying, and spatially analyzing different geographic layers of data available from the Mexico Population and Economic censuses, Tijuana Municipal Planning Institute, and an epidemiological intervention study on FSWs.   We will need a research assistant to help with importing digital map files into ArcGIS software and finding common spatial boundaries to create a database linking the digital files from all three agencies.


  • Perform data entry using vector format data
  • Develop and manage an ArcGIS database
  • Utilize and apply different spatial data formats to develop a  geographic information system model of Tijuana
  • Assist with manuscript development for submission to peer reviewed journals


  • Education in geography, public health, urban planning, or related field
  • Experience working with ArcGIS software
  • GIS database management
  • Reads and ideally speaks Spanish
  • Experience with spatial statistics and projecting/linking a variety of datasets and spatial files preferred
  • Ability to work independently


  • 10 – 15 hours/week,  Monday – Friday
  • Minimum of 4 months commitment from mid-February 2011 to December 2011
  • Pay ranges from $12 – $16/hour based on education and experience

To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume by January 10, 2011 to:

Tommi L. Gaines, DrPH


Thanks for a great GIS Day!

Thank you to all of the GIS Day 2010 participants, and a big thanks to the GIS Lab Assistants Danielle & Erica for making GIS Day 2010 at UC San Diego a success.

Combined, we got more than 200,000 points on the GeoBee Geography Quiz from the National Geographic (, averaged just over 8 minutes on our Statris games (, sent geogreetings using buildings and places from around the world, and we would like to travel on pretty much every continent!

In a short while, I’ll send a note about where to go to take a look at the Google Earth video we created using the places you said you wanted to go.  Please come see us in the Lab to learn more about the possibilities with GIS and geographic information and again, thank you for being part of GIS Day 2010!

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

Have an idea of how to geospatial data infrastructure that is necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data?

Then maybe you should apply for one of the NSDI grants!  See below for details and contact them directly with any questions.

The 2011 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) announcement has been posted on  The last day to submit proposals is January 6, 2011.

This year the FGDC is offering a total of $800,000 to award an estimated 21 geospatial related projects that are spread across six categories.  Each project will focus on ways to expand the geospatial data infrastructure that is necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data. The project awards are scheduled to be announced in February or March 2011 with obligated work to begin on each project no later than September 30, 2011.  More information and a link to the announcement on are available at

Help on submitting a proposal is available at  The October 28 and November 2 webinars are currently full but a recorded version will be made available on the FGDC training site as soon as it is available.

If there are any questions please contact me or the category leads listed in the 2011 NSDI CAP Web page (link above).

Gita Urban-Mathieux
NSDI CAP Coordinator
Federal Geographic Data Committee
MS 590, National Center, Reston, VA 20192
Phone: 703-648-5175
Fax: 703-648-5755

Anti-Anti Utopia: Art, Technology and Hope Call for Proposals

The CalIT2 gallery at UC San Diego is soliciting for proposals for a new art exhibit.  Currently they have a “Mapping Time  & Space” exhibit and they always end up with something interesting.  Details are below and contact them directly with questions!

gallery@calit2 is calling for proposals from artists, curators and other life forms,  for exhibitions that will stimulate thought, desire or action on the  theme of “Anti-Anti Utopia: Art, Technology and Hope.”

In a moment of global disaster (economic, geopolitical, etc.), hyper-surveillance, media swarms, censorship, functional limitations, and technological excesses, there is a nagging question–are we beyond invention? In a society of crisis, we invite possibility. In Cruising Utopia, queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz calls for an anti anti-utopia, condemning the political status quo and inviting the “radical aesthetic, erotic and philosophical experiment.”

Against the anti-utopian lockdown of what can be imagined, of what can be illuminated, of what can be made – gallery@calit2 makes a call for work that can consider the difficult intersections found between art, technology and the new “not-yet-now” of hope emerging from the anti-anti utopian moment. Works that cruise utopia with queer futurities, with techno-utopianism after the end of utopia, art that continues creating utopian desires from dystopian fictions and the fictions of science, gestures that push forward new ecologies after the end of what cannot be imagined as the end. Anti-anti utopian art continues to build spaces of hope after the catastrophes of the present have removed utopia from the map.

gallery@calit2 welcomes responses from the local, national, and international communities. Proposals will be reviewed by the gallery committee, and judged according to artistic merit as well as convergence with the mission of the gallery.


1. Title and Project Description
2. Contact info for Curator and/or Artist (Email, phone, address)
3. Statement and Bio for Curator and/or Artist
4. Images of artwork (please link to online examples)
5. Exhibition layout  (within the 700 sqft  gallery, and for two 30 ft display walls)
6. AV needs (projectors, computers, monitors and sound system available upon request)
7. Budget needs up to $3000 (including any travel/shipping/supplies)
8. Preferred timeframe (Fall, Winter or Spring Quarter)

Deadline to receive proposals is December 15, 2010.
Proposals should be emailed as a single PDF to galleryinfo(at)
Applicants whose proposals are selected for exhibition for 2011-2012 at gallery@calit2 will be notified by May 1, 2011.

For more information about the gallery@calit2, please see our website at <>

Computers in Data and GIS Lab are upgraded!

I’m very excited to say that there are now computers in the Data & GIS Lab whose software and configuration has been upgraded!

We currently have 3 out of the 6 up and running, with more computers being upgraded on a daily basis.  Come on in and test them out!

1.      Microsoft Office Suite 2007

2.      Adobe Reader

3.      WinRAR

4.      Notepad++

5.      ArcGIS 10, ArcInfo level functionality

6.      ArcGIS Business Analyst 10

7.      GME (Geospatial Modeling Environment)

8.      X Tools Pro 7, free version

9.      Google Earth Pro, newest version

10.  Google SketchUp

11.  ENVI remote sensing software (one floating license)

12.  Arc2Earth, Community Edition

13.  FME 10 software

14.  ArcGIS Explorer

15.  Stata 11

16.  PSPP (open source version of SPSS)

17.  SPSS 19


Updates from the Data & GIS Lab at UC San Diego

Hello UCSD GIS Community!

It’s exciting times here in the Lab – new Lab Assistants, a new Interim Data Librarian and new software to be installed for our six machines in the Data & GIS Lab.  Currently we have Danielle and Erica who have joined our team as GIS Assistants, Annelise Sklar is serving as our Interim Data Librarian after Berenica left us for the great north, and our Library IT team is currently working to create a new build that includes:

  • ArcGIS 10 – ArcInfo licensing level
  • ENVI – One floating license of this remote sensing software
  • ArcGIS Business Analyst 10 (2010 California business & marketing data)
  • Arc2Earth Community Edition
  • FME Desktop
  • GME (formerly Hawths Tools)
  • X Tools Pro 7 (free version)
  • Google Earth Pro
  • SketchUp (free version)
  • ArcGIS Explorer
  • Stata 11
  • PSPP
  • SPSS 19

We are also going to be celebrating GIS Day in the Data & GIS Lab on November 17, 2010 with geographic games, prizes and of course, cake!  More details about that event will be forthcoming through the listserv and via our blog at

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about GIS here at UC San Diego and have a great day.  : )

Free ArcGIS 10 Network Analyst Training

Offered by ESRI on 9/2/10.

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