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California Tribal Invitation to CalGIS 2010

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:28 Written by Lisa Lubley, GISP, CalGIS 2010 Conference Chair

CalGIS 2010

To California Tribal Nations,

Come join us for the 16th annual CalGIS Conference in Huntington Beach, April 18-21, 2010. The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the CalGIS 2010 Planning Committee would like to extend a formal invitation to all California Tribal Nations to come and experience California’s own GIS Conference. CalGIS 2010 is an incredible opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow GIS and Tribal GIS colleagues and to learn how some indigenous and other various governmental issues are being addressed using GIS.

California’s tribal nations face special challenges in planning, policy, and advocacy. Issues of sovereignty, cultural protection, land use management, and handling mineral rights often require the use of GIS, the production of maps, and the analysis of geospatial data. Recognizing this, URISA and the Planning Committee in concert with the Indigenous Mapping Network are initiating new strategies devoted specifically to the needs and concerns surrounding Tribal GIS activities.

The mission of the Indigenous Mapping Network is to connect native communities with the tools needed to protect, preserve, and enhance their way of life within their aboriginal territories. This endeavor often requires an amalgamation of traditional "mapping" practices and modern mapping technologies.

Due to this new initiative a Scholarship is being offered only to California’s Tribal Nations. Register with the attached PDF form and receive a $150 scholarship immediately applied towards the Conference Registration regular rate resulting in a 50% savings. Attend the various track sessions discussing topics such as Emerging Technologies, GIS Operations, Natural Resources, Habitat Management, Public Safety, and Emergency Response. In addition, the Committee would like to invite your participation in:

Tribal Unwind Meet & Greet - Monday, April 19, 2010, 7pm - 10pm
The Fire Pit (Mankota Grill, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel)
The Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN) would like to invite you to an informal gathering
poolside. Register for this free event at California Tribal & Affiliate Mapster Unwind at CalGIS - Eventbrite.

Tribal Roundtable Session - Tuesday, April 20, 2010. 11am - 12pm, Salon E
An open forum among other Tribal GIS peers to exchange your experiences, problems and solutions in applying geospatial technology within your Tribal Government in a collaborative format helping to guide future conferences to specifically address your challenges.

The CalGIS Conference is the one opportunity we have during the year to focus our attention on California-based GIS activities, irrespective of software used, user industry, or other program constraints. CalGIS brings together a wide range of GIS practitioners who are intent on sharing experiences, learning new skills, and networking among their peers.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Lisa Lubley, GISP
CalGIS 2010 Conference Chair


ESRI ArcGIS 10 Tribal GIS Webcast Series MARCH 3, 26 2010

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 08:12 Written by David Gadsden posted by RMcKeon

With the upcoming release of ArcGIS 10 we are planning a series of web  casts throughout 2010 for the Tribal GIS community to highlight a few of  the new capabilities in ArcGIS.  Again I need to stress that there is no better place to learn about ArcGIS 10 than the ESRI International User  Conference <>  so please try and make it this year if you can.  We again have an amazing  line up of speakers and one or two remaining slots for presenters.

Please let me know if for any reason you might have travel funds but are concerned about the registration fee for the conference.  The ArcGIS 10 Tribal GIS Webcast Series we are developing includes topics such as:  2D / 3D Editing, Python in ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server APIs, GIS / CAD Integration, Cadastral Editor, and Image Management and Analysis.

Please let us know if there are other topics you would like to see covered.

Our web cast technology is limited to 50 participants.  To manage the need for follow on events or recordings please reply to this email if you plan on attending either of these events.  I'll reply with an Outlook Calendar Invite with the web cast and conference call details.

On March 3rd at 10 am (Pacific), 2D and 3D Editing in ArcGIS with John Sharrard

ArcGIS 10 brings new 2D editing workflows and entirely new 3D editing capabilities.  Please join us for this presentation / discussion on:

*        Layer-based editing

*        Efficient feature construction

*        Simple dataset creation (Packing)

*        Simplified snapping environment

*        Productivity improvements

*        Improved attribute management

*        Improved editing through web applications

*        Direct editing on 3D Objects

*        Also will review some future directions for 3D in GIS

On March 26th at 10:30 am (Pacific), Python in ArcGIS 10 with Jeff Barrette

ArcGIS 10 introduces the ability to automate mapping tasks through a new Python mapping module. This session will provide an overview of the arcpy.mapping module and will demonstrate how it can be used to process MXD documents, map layers, data frames, and layouts in batch.  Printing and Exporting map documents and creation of PDF map books via Python will be covered, as will creation of script tools that can be used in an interactive ArcMap session.  Attendees will also be introduced to the best resources and fastest ways to start writing their own mapping scripts in ArcGIS 10.

Again a quick email RSVP would be a great help as we pull these together. Thanks!

David Gadsden - NW Federal Account Manager
ESRI - Environmental Systems Research Institute
606 Columbia Street NW, Suite 300, Olympia WA
Phone: 360.754.4727 Fax: 360.943.6910
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