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IGIS sets data workshops schedule

Drone flies over sorghum at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The Informatics and GIS program has scheduled its 2021 fall lineup of GIS and data workshops. All workshops (with one exception) are online and free, with required registration and additional information that can be found on the IGIS Training page. Additionally, all UC ANR employees and workshop alumni are eligible to sign up for IGIS Office Hours for a wide range of consultations on geospatial and data topics.

Introduction to ArcGIS Story Maps (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Oct. 8
1 - 4 p.m.

Story Maps for ArcGIS is a powerful and popular platform for creating websites that convey compelling narratives through text, media and maps. Story Maps are increasingly used for online extension, program reporting and presentations. This workshop will get you started and give you the tools to create your own Story Map.

Requirements: Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UC ANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). The Intro to AGOL workshop, or equivalent background, is a prerequisite for this workshop. Details and registration.

DroneCamp 2021 – (IGIS, In-person Flight Instruction)
Saturday, Oct. 16
Marina, CA
Cost $50

For participants of DroneCamp 2021, this half-day, in-person training will cover flight instruction at the Fort Ord Natural Reserve near Monterey. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Camping is available. 

Requirements: No experience necessary. Drones will be provided. Documentation  of COVID vaccination required. Details and registration.  

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Oct. 22
1 - 4 p.m.

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI's powerhouse desktop application for all things GIS. It can do everything from basic cartography to advanced geospatial modelling. This introduction will get you started creating maps with local and online GIS data.

Requirements: Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their personal computer prior to the workshop. ArcGIS Pro is for Windows only. Licenses are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. No experience needed, but the ArcGIS Online workshop or equivalent experience is strongly encouraged. Details and registration.

Introduction ArcGIS Field Maps (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Nov. 5
1 - 4 p.m.

ArcGIS Field Maps is ESRI's most recent and most powerful platform for mobile data collection. It is the successor to ArcGIS Collector, which is being phased out. This hands-on workshop will explain how the platform works and guide participants through creating a mobile data collection app.

Requirements: Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UC ANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). The Intro to AGOL workshop, or equivalent background, is a prerequisite for this workshop. Details and registration.

Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Nov. 19
1 - 4 p.m. free online

Jupyter Notebooks are a user-friendly and interactive way to write Python code. ArcGIS Pro supports Juptyer notebooks natively, opening the door to a wide range of options for automation and extensibility. This workshop will get you started using Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro to automate processes, tweak analyses and access online data.

Requirements: Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro is expected. Licenses for ArcGIS Pro are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. Experience with Python is helpful but not required. Details and registration

Introduction to Cartography in ArcGIS Pro (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Dec. 10
1 - 4 p.m. free online

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI's premier desktop GIS application and is commonly used to produce maps ranging from clean and simple for publications and permits, to coffee-table book quality. This workshop will review the principles of sound cartography, and cover a range of tips and tricks for making functional and beautiful maps with ArcGIS Pro.

Requirements: Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their personal computer prior to the workshop. Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro is expected. Licenses for ArcGIS Pro are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. Details and registration.


Posted on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:09 AM
  • Author: Sean Hogan

IGIS to host next ANR DroneCamp June 18-21

Sean Hogan, IGIS academic coordinator, gives instructions at drone camp.

The UCANR IGIS team will hold its next DroneCamp training June 18-21, 2018, at UC San Diego.

This bootcamp-style workshop will cover the full suite of steps and skills for using drones for mapping and data collection, including:

  • UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and sensor technology 
  • Principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing 
  • Safety and regulations 
  • Mission planning 
  • Flight operations including hands-on practice 
  • Data management, processing, and analysis 
  • Visualization 

The fee for this three-day workshop is $500 for University of California employees and students, and $900 for everyone else. A limited number of fee waivers are available based on need.

Additional information and registration information can be found at Registration requires a short application (no fee) about your background and learning goals. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to submit an application by April 15 for guaranteed early registration.

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:52 AM
  • Author: Andy Lyons
Focus Area Tags: Innovation

Apply for IGIS drone bootcamp by April 15

The Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS) Statewide Program will hold a three-day "Dronecamp" to be held July 25-27, 2017, in Davis. This bootcamp style workshop will provide "A to Z" training in using drones for research and resource management, including photogrammetry and remote sensing, safety and regulations, mission planning, flight operations (including 1/2 day of hands-on practice), data processing, analysis and visualization.

The workshop content will help participants prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot exam. Participants will also hear about the latest technology and trends from researchers and industry representatives.

Dronecamp builds upon a series of workshops that have been developed by IGIS and Sean Hogan starting in 2016.

“Through these workshops and our experiences with drone research, we've learned that the ability to use mid-range drones as scientifically robust data collection platforms requires a proficiency in a diverse set of skills and knowledge that exceeds what can be covered in a traditional workshop,” said Hogan. “Dronecamp aims to cover all the bases, helping participants make a great leap forward in their own drone programs.”

Dronecamp is open to all, but will have a focus on applications in agriculture and natural resources. No experience is necessary. The number of seats is limited, so all interested participants must apply before they can register. Applications are due on April 15, 2017. For further information, please visit

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 12:33 PM

UC ANR introduces Market-based Adjustment Plan for staff salaries

Attracting and retaining highly qualified employees is a top priority for UC ANR. To be more competitive among many diverse employment markets, UC ANR leadership has developed a plan to address the competitiveness of our staff salaries. 

As part of UC ANR's overall compensation strategy, VP Humiston approved a four-year Market-based Adjustment Plan for non-represented staff to ensure salaries of existing staff are better aligned with the labor market. All non-represented staff are eligible to participate in this plan, regardless of their position's funding source. For some whose compensation has fallen behind market rates, the Division is making a significant effort to address this issue, as long as it is fiscally viable and prudent to do so.

Using UC Career Tracks, UC ANR Human Resources will be able to identify, review and address the salaries of non-represented staff members whose pay is not in the targeted competitive zone. This strategy will be implemented over four years, which will allow us to better manage the fiscal impact of the salary adjustments.

Eligible employees will be notified individually within the next few weeks. These market-based adjustments are separate and distinct from any merit program approved centrally by President Napolitano.

For more information, please read the FAQs at

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:03 PM

UC ANR adds Matching Grants Program

AVP Wendy Powers announced that UC ANR has added another funding mechanism to its 2017 funding opportunities/grants website: a Matching Grants Program.

For grant opportunities that require matching funds, this program will provide cash resources for UC ANR academics to submit as matching funds in their proposals for external funding support of research, outreach or training efforts.

Proposed projects must be within the scope of the UC ANR Strategic Vision. All UC ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted at any time, as the opportunities present themselves.  Proposals will be submitted to the Associate Vice President and reviewed by the UC ANR Strategic Initiative Leaders and two UC ANR Vice Provosts. Because we recognize that these are time-sensitive projects, the review process will take no more than one month.

Requests for matching funds will be no more than three pages in length and must include a link to the request for proposals, a justification indicating why it is appropriate for UC ANR to provide the cash match, description of the project (study design, educational framework/audience, training program, etc.) and detailed budget. Requests of up to a 1:1 cash match will be considered. No awards will be made until a contract between the grantor and UC ANR is executed. In addition to any reporting required by the grantor, all projects will require a final report with stated outcomes/impacts or anticipated outcomes/impacts. A final report to the grantor may be substituted if the final report contains outcome/impact information.

UC ANR will provide a limited pool of funds for this grant program on an annual basis. The pool of funding will be managed to ensure year round availability for timely projects.

For details about the Matching Grants Program and other ANR funding opportunities and grants, visit

For questions about the Matching Grants Program, please contact Powers at


Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:11 AM

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