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The Society for Conservation GIS 2010 Intl Program
CALL FOR HELPERS! (Please respond by Dec 15th 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Bruce Kessler, Kessler GIS: Conference Support Team & Advocate, Also Resource:  Free seat in training session prior to ESRI user conference (July 5-9).  NEEDED: Can Dates be Earlier to not conflict with SCGIS Conference? Location?

-Jim Catlin, Wild Utah Project , Advocate, Resource (possibly): May have access to professional training by ESRI and the state GIS program (AGRC) in Salt Lake City.


-Karen Beardsley, ICE, UC Davis ; Resource: Host scholars at UC Davis with possible access to University Lab for training , SCGIS Conference transportation as well.

-Mike Engels, International Crane Foundation, Advocate: Help with applications review and anything else as needed. Conference Support (SCGIS, possibly ESRI UC), and Internship (Possible but not confirmed): We have identified an individual, Zeng Nanjing who works for the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve in China. This person would come to ICF to work on cleaning data in a spatial database and then would use the data to do some preliminary special analysis of species distribution data for the lake with possible analysis of water level impacts as well.

-Jennifer Litteral,  University of Inner Mongolia (until March) : Advocate

-Fabiano Godoy, Conservation International, Advocate

-Paul Wickman, North Star Geographics, Conference Support (for at least SCGIS and maybe UC)

-Orija Oluseyi, Havard Pepfar Lagos, Nigeria, Conference support,

-Etienne Delattre, Wildlife Conservation Society – Asia Program (former scholar), Advocate

-Aditya, GPCI Redlands, Advocate, Possible internship

-Rosemary Alles, Penn State: Advocate

 

 

 

-Lisa Pierce, Redlands: Conference & Advocate

-Emily Garding, L.A.(former scholar): Conf Support

-Dejan Gregor, SCGIS Slovenia (former scholar): Advocate & Conference Support

-Cecilia Villanueva, CONICETArgentina (former scholar): Advocate

-Alejandro Gatto, CONICETArgentina (former scholar), Advocate

-Carol Cady, St. Lawrence University. RESOURCE: Provide training in GIS related processes for up to 10 Scholars for 5 days or longer. Logistics: Can provide housing in dorms; I would like to have some of our conservation biology, global studies and/or language students assist scholars with GIS tasks while the scholars are here.
Costs/Needs: Food and dorm costs may need to be covered. If we can have students working with scholars, food and dorm costs maybe covered by an environmental education grant that we have received. I won't know if this is approved until after the deadline for volunteers. Transportation to and from St. Lawrence University would not be covered.

-Irina Mikhailidi, Altai State Technical University (former scholar) ingem@rocketmail.com RESOURCE: I would like to offer our resource on the base of Altai State Technical University where I currently work. We can accept up to 6 scholars and organize lodging for them at the university hotel at low prices and provide GIS training for them at one of the University classroom. We have ArcGIS 8.3 licensed copies for education purposes at the UNESCO Chapter and I have a donated ArcGIS 9.3 copy. Most likely It can be scholars from Russia(Siberia), Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Western China, the countries of Our Common Home Altai coalition. I can provide courses in basic GIS and advanced courses (programming with VBA, Spatial Analyst).

Resource: Training Classes in GIS at Altai State Technical University.
Description: Training in basic GIS, programming with VBA and Spatial Analyst, in 3 to 5 day classes/
Time frame: Can host up to 6 scholars for 1 week
Number of Scholars: up to 6
Accommodations: We can provide lodging at low prices at the university hotel for 6 scholars.
Costs/Needs: Food and daily expenses will be about $40 per person.
Best time for training; June, 15-30.

John Schaeffer: What Juniper GIS can offer:

Leslie, Paul and I have also been talking about this training and we think we should take advantage of the SCGIS mid-week start by using all of the time from June 21 to the SCGIS conference as a “GIS Camp” for the scholars, with a very strong emphasis on student projects. Students would be required to have a project in mind before coming, maybe even have that in the application, and then bring the data with them. The goal is that at the end of this time they have a completed or well-started project so they can really have something solid as a result. Our general plan is to do the two-week beginning to advanced sequence I did last year, with all the students. More advanced can help the newer students, or be working on their projects, but I guarantee that even advanced students will learn some new stuff in the beginning classes. In the 2nd week, we move away from structured classes to a mix of classes and working on projects. On the last 2 days of that week, we work with Charles’ on conservation planning; and then in the short 3rd week, the student will have 2-3 days to work on projects or create a conservation plan using the draft text as a guide. With me being the lead instructor, and Paul and Leslie there to provide support, we all think this would be the best training model. If we do this for training, and limit the number to 12 so we can get by with one van, then me or Leslie or Paul can be the van driver. We're going to drive/fly down and we can take that duty.

Here is what the 3 of us propose, in this order:

1. Do the training as described above in the San Francisco Bay area – somewhere between Davis and Asilomar. We think there is a big benefit, with the SCGIS conference being first, to have the training near that conference. Then we need to put out a targeted request for people in that area, or who know that area, or have friends in that area to:

a. Find a training site, preferably with housing, that we can use for the June 21 to the SCGIS conference start period for 10-12 students.

b. Housing if not at the training site, but within walking or short commuting distance. Davis might be great because students could rent bikes.

c. Volunteers to pick people up at the airport, and host them for a day or two, during which maybe they can get them to visit a GIS shop, or just get over jet lag, and get them to the training site, or a central place where we could pick them up on Sunday, June 20.

d. Leslie, Paul and I can get down there the 19th or 20th and will handle set-up at the training site, getting in some supplies if needed, and we can also rent a van (we need ESRI or SCGIS to pick up the tab) and then we can do some of the transporting of students. If we do have a van, then we can also most likely take responsibility for getting the students to SCGIS and to the UC.

e. Volunteers to get some students back to the bay area after the UC to catch flights. Or if we have rented a van, it might be cheaper to keep it through the UC and drive back to the Bay area.

 

2. Use the James Reserve for the June 21 to SCGIS period, and then focus on volunteers in the southern California area. The key here is to let people know that just because Charles and Sasha are around there, they will not be picking up the slack – it needs to be SCGIS members and friends. Charles and Sasha can be a resource in pointing people in the right direction, but they need a break.

3. Paul, Leslie and I can host up to 10 students here in the Bend area. The drawback is that travel logistics will be greater than in LA or the bay area, but not insurmountable.

a. We have arranged a training room at the USFS office starting June 21, in exchange for providing a couple seats in the classes. I will provide the laptops. We would need ESRI to print and ship manuals, or reimbursement for printing the manuals.

b. Leslie can host 5 students and we can find spaces for 5 more, plus transportation to the training site.

c.We can also arrange a few trips to GIS shops and fun sites here.

d. We can get the students to SCGIS and to the UC if SCGIS or ESRI can pay for the van and gas. We would take two days to get to SCGIS, stopping at Crater Lake and seeing the GIS shop there, and maybe a couple other fun spots so the students can see some interesting areas.

e.Students could fly into Redmond, Oregon, which is 20 miles from Bend. Redmond has connections to LA, San Fran, Seattle and Portland. Depending on the airline, they may need to book the last leg separately. If they get to Portland, we might be able to get some SCGIS members in Portland to get them down to Bend.

4. This part applies to all the above: We would need to find rooms at SD, but Sasha used a concierge service, or we could look at hostels. Again, maybe we can get one SCGIS person in that area to work on that soon.

5. This also applies to all above. Last task is to get students back to LAX, but last year, at least 1/2 the students weren't going back directly. We might have to be a little firm on their travel plans and tell them that we will provide one van trip to LAX Friday afternoon after the conference, or maybe to the Bay area if we start from there, but other than that, they will be on their own. But hopefully, if they let us know their travel plans in advance, we can put out a call for help on that. We might get more response to a specific request, such as someone wants to go to the Grand Canyon, and can anyone from Arizona or who might be going that way after the conference help them.

 

I'm willing to do all the training for the main group, like I did last year, and I am sure I can get Paul Ferro and Leslie Backus to come along as helpers. I need to have room and board covered, and to have the manuals printed, but we can provide my transportation to the James Reserve or other site. I'm not sure if we can afford to go to the UC, but if Sasha can get a comp for me and Patti, and the other helpers, I would appreciate it.

I have a wide variety of courses I teach, all with a natural resource or conservation emphasis, that cover core and advanced topics, but I don't get into server or remote sensing topics. You can see the class descriptions on our website - http://www.junipergis.com/training/class-descriptions. I can mix and match class topics as needed and with some advance notice, create new material. I can also provide a 12-14 seat laptop lab with ArcEditor and Spatial Analyst.

I am also willing to help with any training during that June 21-25 slot. For example, if some advocates in the bay area have scholars with similar needs and they can find a place, I'd be willing to do some training. I'm planning on driving down, since I'll be using my laptops at the SCGIS conference anyways, so anywhere close to the route from would be easy. I'd be willing to go anywhere else during that time slot, but might need some help covering transportation costs. We are a 2-person firm and if we are not providing training for paying customers or doing contract work, we are not making any money; and in this economy, there are some limits to what we can donate.

Patti has also offered to help screen applications, if that helps. She has a lot of experience screening job applications and while this is a lot different; if she has the guidelines, she could screen applications for completeness and probably also do some ranking, summarizing, and sorting before these go out to the full membership. She would have plenty of time for this from the first of the year, until about mid-February, when we might need to go to Mexico to do a class.

Leslie, Paul and I have been talking about this training and we think we should take advantage of the SCGIS mid-week start by using all of the time from June 21 to the SCGIS conference as a “GIS Camp” for the scholars, with a very strong emphasis on student projects. Students would be required to have a project in mind before coming, maybe even have that in the application, and then bring the data with them. The goal is that at the end of this time they have a completed or well-started project so they can really have something solid as a result. Our general plan is to do the two-week beginning to advanced sequence I did last year, with all the students. For students who are more advanced already, they can act as monitors to the newer students, or be working on their projects, but I guarantee that even advanced students will learn some new stuff in the beginning classes. In the 2nd week, we move away from structured classes to a mix of classes and working on projects. On the last 2 days of that week, we work with Charles’ conservation planning text; and then in the short 3rd week, the student will have 2-3 days to work on projects or create a conservation plan using Charles’ text as a guide. With me being the lead instructor, and Paul and Leslie there to provide support, we all think this would be the best training model. While this doesn’t match the model we are trying this year of giving individual training the first week, we would like to post this as an option, or maybe as a back-up plan. If it is at the James Reserve, then we need to find some SCGIS volunteers in that area who can deal with the logistics and take the burden off of Sasha.

Lastly, Paul, Leslie and I are working on some options in Bend, for hosting several students here and doing training. We hope to get something to you soon on that.

 

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HALL OF HEROES:(Those who have signed up so far!)

RESOURCERS:
John & Patti Schaeffer
Paul Ferro
Roberta Pickert
Leslie Backus
Bruce Kessler
Jim Catlin
Karen Beardsley
Irina Mikhailidi

CONFERENCE TEAM:
Susan Miller
Paul Wickman
Orija Oluseyi
Mike Engels
Lisa Pierce
Emily Garding
Dejan Gregor
Bruce Kessler

ADVOCATERS:
Jennifer Litteral
Fabiano Godoy
Etienne Delattre
Jim Catlin
Mike Engels
Lisa Pierce
Aditya
Rosemary Alles
Dejan Gregor
Cecilia Villanueva
Alejandro Gatto

INTERNSHIPS:
Mike Engels
Aditya
Cecilia Villanueva
Alejandro Gatto

Program Outline/Call for Helpers

Who to contact with questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Letter from Charles Convis