GIS Help Desk Workshops

Past Workshops Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS Date & Time: Monday, May 23, 2016, 09:00am–11:00am Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary to attend. This is a 2-hour introduction to digital spatial data in which you will learn to: Visualize spatial data in a geographic information system Explore different ArcGIS tools for spatial analysis, including overlay analysis and choropleth mapping Identify 7 common file formats used with spatial data Learn about data resources available to you at the UCSB Library Produce a map to print or share online Laptop Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Date & Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 11:00am–1:00pm Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: ArcGIS Pro, the newest application included with ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop, is designed to help GIS professionals complete their projects and share their results more quickly and easily than ever before. With its modern ribbon interface and tight integration of 2D and 3D capabilities, ArcGIS Pro will streamline the way you do your GIS work. Instructor: Song Gao Laptop Installation of ArcGIS Desktop Date & Time: Friday, January 22, 2016, 1:00–5:00 pm Location: UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd floor on the mountain side near the courtyard entrance, map) Description: Hands-on tutorial on installing Esri ArcGIS Software Instructor: Song...

Architecture and Mind Research Focus Group

Apr 30, 2016 • Categories: Event | News | Related Initiatives | Research

The UCSB Architecture and Mind Research Focus Group (RFG) is a forum comprised of faculty, graduate students, and design practitioners. Convened for the 2015-2016 academic year by Professors Volker Welter (History of Art and Architecture), Mary Hegarty (Psychological and Brain Sciences), and Daniel Montello (Geography), the group discusses design, aesthetics, and human experience. The group is dedicated to readings about and discussions of the various ways in which the humanities, cognitive psychology, and behavioral/cognitive geography examine and think about human comprehension of space and place, orientation within a designed environment, perception of architectural and aesthetic details, and architecture’s relations to both the human body and mind. During a recent visit to Los Angeles, the group enjoyed an exploration of the Schindler House, in West Hollywood, and the Eames House, in Pacific Palisades, taking a break for lunch at the L.A. Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax. Experiencing these homes and public spaces brought this year’s readings on spatial orientation, social interaction, and perception to life. The Schindler House, constructed in 1922, is notable for its extension of indoor space to outdoor living areas and is one of Rudolph Schindler’s most important surviving works. It also notable for its experimental domestic design, intended to support the co-habitation of two married couples, Rudolph and Pauline Schindler, and Clyde and Marian Chace. The research group engaged with the home by writing their impressions of the physical spaces within the home. The group also learned about preservation efforts during a tour of the home. Following the visit to the Schindler House, the group toured another experiment in domestic dwelling. The Eames House, finished in 1949, was part of the The Case Study House Program, constructed with modular industrial-grade materials and intended to serve as both a home and an artists’ studio. The theme of transparency, extending interior space to the exterior, was reinforced by the house’s characteristic glass walls. At the next Architecture and Mind meeting, members of the RFG look forward to assessing the group’s reactions to the spaces, and discussing the role that these homes played as microcosms of greater social shifts revolutionizing the modern domestic sphere. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) supports this research group, and the Center for Spatial Studies subsidized the cost of the field trip. For more information about the RFG, please see:...

New Assistant Specialist: Georgios Technitis

Apr 29, 2016 • Categories: News

The Center for Spatial Studies welcomes Georgios Technitis to its team as an Assistant Specialist. He is interested in SMART applications of GIS methods and remote sensing techniques in the fields of movement ecology, natural hazards and climate change monitoring. His passion for microelectronics and virtual reality technology gave him extensive industrial R&D experience in product design and development. Indoors/outdoors localization solutions, wireless sensor networks and behavior monitoring services are few keywords of his work. Technitis’ main involvement lies in feasibility studies, advanced product quality planning, benchmarking, and validation processes. A geographer by training (Harokopio University of Athens, Upper Class Honors), Technitis completed his specialization in Geo-Informatics at the National Technical University of Athens (Valedictorian M.Sc. 2008–2010). He is currently completing his Ph.D.in the field of GIScience at University of...

Job Announcement: Assistant Specialist

Mar 2, 2016 • Categories: News

ASSISTANT SPECIALIST Center for Spatial Studies Geography Department Area of Specialization: Geographic Information Science Job Announcement Flyer The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking an Assistant Specialist who will assist the director in research on spatially enabled discovery of library resources. This research involves designing and implementing spatial discovery mechanisms for research data, through their geographic footprint, as well as through their thematic properties and associations with publications. The work will extend an existing experimental open data platform, with the goal of augmenting library research tools. The candidate will also initiate and carry out the development of software demonstrators for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (IRC). The IRC needs to attract campus researchers by demonstrable benefits in terms of discovering, sharing, integrating, and analyzing research data. The research required involves working with domain scientists in archaeology, the digital humanities, and ecology (primarily) to develop use cases and demonstrations built around their data and research questions. The candidate will assist in a variety of research management tasks, including identifying pertinent speakers for the bi-weekly ThinkSpatial brown bag, planning quarterly interdisciplinary coffee hours to address solicitations for research proposals, and co-organizing a researcher meeting to be held in Fall 2016. Basic qualifications: the candidate should possess a M.S. in Geographic Information Science or a related field; working knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS in particular, but also open source products), programming in Python and/or Java, and experience in interdisciplinary project work. The appointment is for three months (April 1 to June 30, 2016) at 100%. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications. Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your research interests and relevant experience, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for 2 references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00682 You may address questions to: Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@geog.ucsb.edu); please include Assistant Specialist: Center for Spatial Studies in the subject line of the email. All application materials must be received by the close date of March 02, 2016. For additional information on the Center for Spatial Studies, go to http://spatial.ucsb.edu The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by...