Originally begun as a graduate forum to share tools and techniques for online mapping, the spatial@ucsb Technology Forum has expanded to include faculty, staff, undergraduates, and technologists from the local community. During 2009—2010 the group held quarterly formal lunch meetings as well as weekly after-hours coding sessions. One particularly popular lunch meeting consisted of a rapid-fire series of nine short talks. Speakers were invited to speak on the spatial topic of their choice, but were constrained to three minutes and ten slides. These lightning talks were recorded and placed on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com. The videos also can be found by searching Youtube for Youtube for Spatial@ucsb.
The 2009 fires in Santa Barbara and the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti influenced the weekly coding group to emphasize disaster relief infrastructure. The coding group spent time bolstering the OpenStreetMap dataset for UCSB and Isla Vista, creating kite and balloon aerial photography rigs and associated GIS workflows, and developing a mobile graffiti reporting web app.
The spatial technology forum continued these coding sessions and quarterly lunches
through the 2010–2011 academic year. The weekly coding circle for fall 2010 was organized on the theme Android and geolocation.
November 13, 2013
Ben Best, Senior Analyst for the Ocean Health Index project, presented a smorgasbord of tools for discovering, analyzing, and communicating marine geospatial data. Featured tools included OBIS-SEAMAP, the Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools, the SERDP marine animal mapper, and the Ocean Health Index Tools. View “Tools for marine conservation and spatial planning”, Ben Best.
October 29, 2013
PhD Candidate Grant McKenzie described an ecology of open source geospatial tools and demonstrated a range of web applications that use them. As a founding member of the Seattle based start-up Spatial Development International, Grant's expertise comes from his work as a geospatial technology consultant as well as his research as part of the Space and Time for Knowledge Organization (STKO) lab. View From open source geo-tech consultant to PhD Candidate, Grant McKenzie.
May 24, 2013 Chris Macdonald reflected on his experiences as the lead GIS consultant for the South Sudan Rural Land Governance Project, funded by the USAID. He described using participatory mapping techniques, mobile data collection, and historical maps to build a spatial decision support system for land and property management in South Sudan, the world's newest country.
April 29, 2013
Professor Marko Peljhan of the Department of Art and the Media Arts and Technology program joined us for a discussion of UAVs and their applications to mapping, orthophotography, and surveying. Peljhan presented work with the C-ASTRAL BRAMOR system, which he and his colleagues developed as part of an art/tactical media initiative. He shared updates from some of his recent projects, including mapping Ultima Esperanza in Patagonia in late March and a longer initiative with unmanned systems in collaboration with local populations in the Arctic.
January 25, 2013 Scott Prindle, a Senior Support Analyst on the Server Usage team at Esri, presented on cloud-based GIS and collecting volunteered geographic information (VGI). Scott demonstrated examples of uploading and sharing data via ArcGIS Online and discussed some of the service's components. Also representing Esri were Josh Jones, who manages hiring processes for Support Services, and Lara McLaughlin, who is part of Esri's University Program team.
October 25, 2012 Kevin Wengler, Steve Miley, and Kitty Currier shared their enthusiasm for grassroots aerial imagery and mapping, the theme of this lunch. Wengler discussed applications and legal issues surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Miley explained how he built and continues to improve his quadrotor helicopter (or quadcopter), and Currier gave background on kite and balloon aerial photography for mapping. Also featured were hands-on equipment displays and a post-lunch quadcopter demonstration.
November 29, 2012
Mobile mapping technology and its evolution from specialized tool to ubiquitous consumer app was the topic of this lunch. Paul Wilson of General Electric Digital Energy discussed trends and advances in hardware and software spanning nearly four decades of mobile mapping applications. As a pioneer in geospatial technology since the 1970s, Wilson shared his unique perspective on a field that continues to evolve.
View Mission-Critical Mobile Mapping, Paul Wilson
Spatial@ucsb hosts a series of “Spatial Lightning Talks,” a series of “delicious, rapid-fire talks on geographically-flavored topics” the presenters, including Geography faculty and graduate students, are allotted a maximum of three minutes and ten PowerPoint slides. View FlyerView Program
As part of the spatial tech lunch series, Kitty Currier organized the Spatial Lightning Talks—a series of delicious, rapid-fire talks on geographically-flavored topics—intended as an inspirational session. Held at the Mosher Alumni House over the lunch hour on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, each presenter is allotted three minutes and ten slides to develop a topic, auto-progressing the slides every 18 seconds.
The brave cast of inspirational speakers included:
Tommy Dickey, Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs and Mesoscale Ocean Eddy Trackers:
How Do They Do Their Jobs?
Mary Hegarty, How I Became a Spatial Thinker
Song Gao, Spatio-Temporal Patterns from Mobile Phone Data
Jim Caesar, Emergency Preparedness
Don Janelle, Convergent Places—Warped Spaces
Rodrigo Bombardi, Relationships Between Precipitation over Eastern South America and the South Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature
Skona Brittain, Where in the World is Hunter SanCazador?
Chuck Champlin, Twinkle: A Geometry of Meaning
Grant McKenzie, Airports: The Good, The Bad & The WTF
Emily Ellis, Can we use terrestrial biogeography to inform placement of MPA?s?
Jon Jablonski, New in MIL: The Fairchild Aerial Surveys Collection
William Yim, Airfield Design and Capacity
Yingjie Hu, Citation Map: Visualizing the Spread of Scientific Ideas
Through Space and Time
Kitty Currier, Shipshaping and Fiafia (or How I Became a Geographer)
Spatial@ucsb hosts a series of “Spatial Lightning Talks,” a series of "delicious, rapid-fire talks on geographically-flavored topics"; the presenters, including Geography faculty and graduate students, were allotted a maximum of three minutes and ten PowerPoint slides.
As part of the spatial tech lunch series, Alan Glennon organized the Spatial Lightning Talks—a series of delicious, rapid-fire talks on geographically-flavored topics—intended as an inspirational session. Held at the Mosher Alumni House over the lunch hour on Monday, March 1, 2010, each presenter was allotted three minutes and ten slides to develop a topic, auto-progressing the slides every 18 seconds.
Presenting to a standing-room-only crowd, the brave cast of inspirational speakers included:
Rick Church, Marine transportation: OOPS Helen Couclelis, Why sketching works (or, why GIS needs design) Kitty Currier, Beyond street view: Documenting coral reefs with “immersive” video Alan Glennon, How to map a cave Rhonda Glennon, How to become a private pilot Michael F. Goodchild, Spatiotemporal constraints on social networks Dan Montello, Baldknobbers of the Ozarks Hugo Repolho, Optimum location of motorway interchanges: Concessionaires'
perspective Waldo Tobler, Ravenstein revisited
Daily, people across the world can find themselves in crisis. Whether it is caused by a natural disaster or an ongoing situation of social distress, and whether it is for a day or a month, we all experience a common need to connect with loved ones, access information, and offer humanitarian assistance to those in need.
CrisisCamp, organized by CrisisCommons.org and spatial@ucsb (Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB), is a project intended to bring together domain experts, developers, and first responders to collaborate in improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief. CrisisCamps are hosted in a barcamp style, where great minds come together to share their knowledge and expertise for social good.
The first CrisisCamp in Santa Barbara was held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Volunteers came together to collaborate on technology projects that aim to assist in relief and recovery efforts by providing data, information, maps, and technical assistance to NGOs, relief agencies, and the public. This camp focused on two very relevant themes: Haiti relief and Santa Barbara-area crisis preparedness, applying the technology created and lessons learned from the OSM Haiti coordination to our local area.
The event was free of charge and open to the public, including both technical and non-technical experts. Workday volunteers included Micah Brachman, Jason Burgdorfer, Chad Catacchio (Crisiscommons.org), Zach Chehayeb, Kitty Currier, Andrew Fox (USDA APHIS), Linna Li, Alan Glennon, Rhonda Glennon (ESRI), and Nick Santos. Catacchio and Li worked on online tools and workflows to better share real-time crisis information. Geography undergraduates Jason, Zach, and Nick made great strides in an open source map of Santa Barbara-area police, fire, and medical facilities. Results and project updates can be found at: http://osm.org and http://crisiscommons.org."
Throughout Fall 2009 the spatial@ucsb graduate tech working group held a weekly after-hours “coding circle,” tackling a transportation optimization problem and visualizing the results with an online mapping service. Python (language), PostGIS (database), Geoserver (data server) and OpenLayers (visualization) were used to examine a rather generic problem with the goal of learning the various technologies and practicing their integration.
The small group was primarily composed of geography graduate students and staff; a log of weekly progress and software releases is maintained at: http://ucsb.pbworks.com.
To complement participants’ involvement in the January 2010 GeoDesignSummit, the group will be focusing on spatial visualization and design principles over the Winter 2010 quarter.