Spatial@UCSB This Thursday

Just a reminder that Spatial@UCSB will be happening this Thursday, June 6.  This year’s theme is Spatial Data for Smarter Cities.

Where: Corwin Pavilion, UCSB – 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA
When: Thursday June 6th, 11:00 to 2:30 pm


11:00 Plenary Session:

  • Kurt Shellhause (Kasraie Consulting, CIRGIS) – Think Inside the Box, Outside the Box, and about what could Destroy our Box
  • Mahnoosh Alizadeh (Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCSB) –
    Opportunities and Challenges of Transportation Elecrication in Smart Cities
  • Konstadinos Goulias (Dept. of Geography, UCSB) – Activity-Travel GeoSimulation for Smart City Planning, Design, and Operations
  • Werner Kuhn (Dept. of Geography, UCSB) – Moderator

12:30 – 2:30 Lunch and Poster Exhibit

Registration has been extended to the end of Tuesday, June 4th. Please contact Karen to RSVP: or (805) 893-8224.

GIS Management Practices Survey

Dear GIS Colleagues,

We are contacting you to request that you participate in a survey on GIS management practices.  This survey is sponsored by URISA’s GIS Management Institute (GMI).  The purpose of the survey is to analyze current GIS program and project management practices, in order to gain insights and assess current trends.

All respondents will be provided with a report summarizing the survey findings.  In the future, URISA and GMI will make more detailed data available for purchase.  In addition, Peter Croswell of Croswell-Shulte will access the data.  He will use some of the data to revise his GIS Management Handbook, available for purchase later this year, and 30 respondents will be selected at random to receive a free copy of the book.  No personally identifying information will be released, except as authorized by question 26 in the survey.

The appropriate respondents to this survey are GIS program and project managers in all types of organizations. Please feel free to encourage your GIS manager colleagues in other organizations to take the survey.  We appreciate your time for response to this survey.  The survey has 26 questions and should take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete.

Survey Link:

We request responses by May 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact GMI at

Thank you for your participation.

GIS Management Institute

GeoVet 2019

Dear colleagues,

The University of California is hosting this year the International Conference in spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics and GIS applied to animal health, public health and food safety (GeoVet 2019, Registration and Abstract submission are now OPEN!!. Remember that the deadline for abstract submission is June 1st !!. You can find the instructions to submit your abstracts here:

In this interdisciplinary conference there will be excellent pre- and post-conference workshops as well as the exceptional keynote speakers and participants in the discussion panels.

Please also check the travel awards and encourage your students to apply to the student presentation and poster awards.

Looking forward to meeting you at the GeoVet 2019 in October 8-10th 2019!
Best Regards,

Dr. Beatriz Martínez López, DVM, MPVM, PhD.
Chair of the GeoVet 2019 Organizing Committee
Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS), FAO Ref. Center for Veterinary Epidemiology
Chancellor’s Fellow
Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California
One Shields Avenue, 95616 Davis, CA

Office: Tupper Hall 2415A
Phone: +1 530 752 7675
Fax: +1 530 752 1618

Fix Errors in ESRI Basemaps

Do you use ESRI’s basemaps?  Have you ever seen a problem in one, like an incorrect street name or place name?  Or maybe an issue with some imagery?  If so, ESRI has some web maps setup for you to “Edit” and markup for feedback of issues or errors.  The feedback is received by the ArcGIS Online team to evaluate for one of their updates.

Here are a few basemaps that you can add your feedback on:

Street Map Feedback

Topographic Map Feedback

Imagery Map Feedback

Vector Basemap Feedback

Use them to clean up any inconsistencies in your jurisdictions!

GIS Job Industry Expectations

Looking for a GIS job?  Make sure you have these skills, degree, and experience that the GIS industry expects you to have in today’s job market:

  • Proficiency with ESRI software
  • Database skills
  • Programming skills
  • Undergraduate degree in GIS/Cartography or Geography
  • 1-4 years experience

Click below to read the Directions Magazine article.