- (Public Value) UCANR: Developing a qualified workforce for California
- Author: Hannah Lopez
- Author: Andy Lyons
2020: DroneCamp Goes Virtual
In June 2020, IGIS hosted the 4th annual DroneCamp in collaboration with CSU Monterey Bay, the UC Unmanned Aircraft System Safety office, and Monterey Bay DART. The four-day intensive bootcamp aims to cover the full spectrum of skills and tools needed to collect data and make maps with drones.
Due to COVID19, DroneCamp 2020 was held entirely online. We couldn't teach flight practice over Zoom, but other than that the curriculum covered the usual suite of topics including regulations and safety, equipment, flight planning, photogrammetry, and data analysis.
The online format wasn't nearly as fun as meeting in person at CSU Monterey Bay, but it produced some unexpected benefits. Over 330 people attended the program from all over the US, Canada and several other countries. Attendees came from a wide range of backgrounds including education, natural resource management, resource conservation, agriculture, real estate, construction, and archeology.
The pool of presenters and instructors also diversified both geographically and programmatically. Instructors came from several universities across California and beyond, and an expanded set of research talks covered a range of topics including workforce development, coastal and marine systems, and digital agriculture.
Session Recordings Now on YouTube!
You can access the sessions via the DroneCamp Online Program, or the DroneCamp 2020 Playlist on the IGIS YouTube Channel. The Online Program also contain links to presentation slides, exercise handouts, and datasets.
Organizing and editing all the videos for production was no small feat, and the DroneCamp team is excited to make these resource materials accessible to everyone who would like to learn more about the world of UAV technology. If you find them useful, or would like to get involved in future training on drone mapping, please leave a comment or send us a note.
IGIS would like to extend their gratitude to the many collaborators who made this years online conference possible: UC ANR Program Support Unit; UC ANR Integrated Pest Management program, UC ANR Learning & Development unit; Wilder Interpreting Services; Monterey Bay DART; the FAA Collegiate Training Initiative; and, of course, all our instructors, presenters, and participants. Thanks!
- Author: Shane Feirer
Normally at this time of Year, I am getting ready to travel to San Diego for the ESRI User Conference. At the user conference 20,000 people from all over the world gather to hear about what new GIS tools and functionality ESRI is building into their GIS products. The participants also attend hundreds of technical sessions and workshops to improve their GIS Skills and they also network and discuss how they are using GIS in their fields of interests.
This year with COVID-19 the in-person user conference is not occurring, and the User Conference is going to be presented as a virtual conference (see agenda) with plenary sessions, technical sessions, and technical support. This is unfortunate, but it provides for a broader community to attend the plenary and learn about how GIS is currently being used and what GIS can be used for.
The plenary session is always an eye-opener! It typically has examples of impactful ways in which GIS is changing the world - examples from education, environment, planning, health, and so much more! It is really a great experience, and I recommend it.
If you are curious about what GIS can do or to get ideas about how else GIS could be used in our Organization please register and attend the plenary sessions of the ESRI Virtual User Conference. If you want to talk about GIS or about what you saw at the Virtual User Conference, please email me at email@example.com.
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- Author: Shane Feirer
For those of you who have been following ESRI and GIS software in the past few years, you know that ESRI has been developing a new desktop GIS software called ArcGIS Pro. This past week ESRI released a new version of this software version 2.5. There are many improvements, of those that excites me the most is the integration of Jupyter Notebooks into the ArcGIS Pro software. For other improvements note the included list from ESRI . If you have ArcGIS Pro installed on your computer you can update the software as of last week.