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Our pre-Symposium Workshops will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Workshops are FREE for individuals from UCGIS member institutions who are also registered to attend the Symposium. For anyone not attending the Symposium, or not from a member institution, the fees are $50 for a half-day workshop and $75 for a full-one.  
Register here for one of these workshops. Spaces are limited so we encourage you to register early. 
1) SpatialSQL:  A Language for Geographers
Description: While SQL is the primary language used in database technology, few geographers are aware of the extraordinary power and simplicity of writing SQL queries to solve GIS based tasks.  With many GIS solutions moving toward complex application programming, applied geographers are often intimated by to learn these languages.  By adding spatial constructs to an already robust suite of SQL commands, geographers can tackle virtually any geographically based problem with only a few simple lines of spatial SQL queries.
The workshop is geared toward geographers with minimal or moderate computer skills, and will emphasize the power of spatial SQL by showing the principles behind spatial SQL, and how very simple, English-like SQL statements can solve standard data manipulation tasks for statistical analysis, data aggregation, and relationships.  In addition, standard GIS tasks for adjacency, connectivity, and containment will be demonstrated using the spatial constructs in SQL.  The workshop will also demonstrate some easy spatial SQL solutions for classic GIS problems such as nearest neighbor index, MAUP, spatial autocorrelation (Moran's I and Join Count), variogram modeling, and gravity models.  Finally, the workshop will conclude by showing how these easy to write spatial SQL queries can be used to form the basis for end user applications both on the desktop and over the Internet.
This will be a hands-on workshop where the students will work alongside the instructor to actually write spatial SQL queries using a real world data set.  Attendees should bring their laptop so they can install a minimalistic GIS tool that uses spatial SQL.  At the end of the workshop, attendees will appreciate this easy to use and underutilized toolset at their disposal, and recognize how simple it is to leverage the power of SQL for GIS tasks.
Timing: Wednesday May 27, 1 - 5 pm
Requirements:  Participants must bring their own laptop computer.
Instructor: Arthur Lembo is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Technical Director for the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative at Salisbury University. Previous to his time at Salisbury University, he was a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University, where he won the Cornell University Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teacher of Merit, and the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Previous to his time at Cornell University, Dr. Lembo spent 10 years in private industry implementing large-scale geographic information systems.
2) A Geographic Approach for Environmental Impact Assessment
Description:  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce to the geospatial community the pervasive importance and relevance of geographic data and analysis to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a legally mandated process in over 100 countries worldwide as well as being required by the World Bank for international development projects.  The EIA process is intended to guide governmental planning and decision making toward sustainable development by identifying and mitigating potential environmental impacts associated with a project, plan, or program before they occur.   The workshop will demonstrate how this objective can be greatly enhanced with the use of geospatial data.  Specific examples are used from Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by the US Department of Interior for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Programs.
The workshop begins with an introduction to the EIA process emphasizing the applications of geospatial data.  Next, workshop participants will be engaged in the process of developing and applying a geography for the US Gulf of Mexico that consists of geospatial data describing stressors (impacting agents) and receptors (environmental resources at risk) contained within a geospatial framework, and a knowledge base derived from the scientific and technical literature that supports the interpretation of spatial interactions as a level of potential impact.  The concept of a Geography was developed at the Department of Interior to enhance NEPA’s effectiveness at conveying critical environmental impact information into planning and decision processes, and to reduce the massive size of traditional impact statements that have used lengthy text narratives to convey information.  
Timing: Wednesday May 27, 1 - 5 pm
Requirements: None
Instructors:  Norman Froomer, US Department of the Interior (retired) and Brian Cantwell, Argonne National Laboratory
3) From Field to Lab and Back Again: Mobile Mapping and GIS Analysis
Description:  Come join us in exploring the ins and outs of mobile data collection with smart phones and iPads. Coupled with an ArcGIS Online Organization account, feature services can be created for use in online web maps.  Workshop participants will learn how to create simple feature services from text files, as well as services for connected and disconnected editing direct to a cloud-based geodatabase. This connection between data collector and the web-map expedites field collection and simplifies the process of preparing data for GIS analysis. The complete workflow of creating feature services, adding multimedia attachments and vector data from the field, accessing and editing field data in ArcMap and syncing with the cloud server will be covered.
Timing: Wednesday, May 27, 8:30 am - 5pm with a one-hour break for lunch (on your own). 
Requirements: Participants must provide their own laptop computers. Additionally, an IOS or Android Smartphone required for data collection.  Workshop will involve outdoor data collection. Walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle are recommended.
Instructor: David Smith, University of Redlands 
4) PhD School: Navigating and Thriving in the GIScience Landscape
Description:  Whether you are a new doctoral student, a soon-to-be job candidate, or a recent hire, you have probably realized that there is a lot more to being a scientist than was taught in school. For this reason, UCGIS would like to provide an opportunity for all early career scientists to work together in a supportive yet intense set of sessions designed to help increase your effectiveness in both navigating AND thriving as a scientist in the GIScience landscape.
The PhD School Workshop will be divided into two main sessions. The first session, Career Mapping and Networking, is a participatory session where we will discuss various scientific career trajectories, you will work individually and in teams to develop possible career pathways, and you will have an opportunity to meet with and discuss career options with a number of experienced GIScientists.
In our second session, we will conduct three mini-workshops, depending on audience needs and desires, to include:
·       Effective Presentations, wherein participants have a chance to discuss and develop strategies for job talks, conference presentations, webinars and the like;
·       Funding your Research,  wherein participants will discuss different approaches for building up a funded research program and will develop a plan, based on their current situation, to begin the grant-writing and self-funding process, and;
·       Disseminating and Marketing your Research,  where we will discuss strategies for handing the peer review process, approaches for raising awareness regarding your work, and strategies for using systems such as ResearchGate, OrcID and more.
Timing: Wednesday, May 27, 1 - 5 pm
Requirements: This session is oriented towards graduate students and early-career scientists.
Instructors: Libby Wentz, Arizona State University; and Steve Prager, International Center for Tropical Agriculture and University of Wyoming
5) Fostering Sustainability Through SLCN 
Description:  The Sustainability Learning Communities Network (SLCN) is a UCGIS initiative that brings together faculty, students, and agency professionals to develop approaches to GIS-based knowledge-to-action research and education that involve service learning projects. The goal of this workshop is to identify ways to synergize research and education activities with foundations in geographic information science to build momentum for moving SLCN forward in light of sustainability information science.  Sustainability science and sustainability management are the two topics that anchor “knowledge to action” research and practice pursued by sustainability scholars.  Sustainability information science, proposed to act as a bridge between sustainability science and sustainability management, is emerging out of geographic information science as a way for exploring spatial-temporal dynamics of complex sustainable systems.  Sustainability information science core concepts include sustainable systems, resilience, vulnerability, risk, adaptation, transformation, and sustainability.  Several initiatives are being cultivated that can synergize spatial-temporal perspectives on sustainability information science.  These initiatives include the original SLCN, as well as a Geodesign Research Network (GRN), and the Spatial Decision Support (SDS) Consortium. The GRN initiative grows out of discussions about geodesign study comparisons among scholars attending the Geodesign Summits over the past couple of years.  The SDS Consortium has recently finalized a charter that organizes governance activities and strategies for investigating geodesign decision support ontology, among other topics. 
During this session, structured discussions about the above initiatives will provide participants with an opportunity to build collaborative connections for next steps in research, education, and service-learning knowledge-to-action activity based on their interests and efforts. Results and outcomes of previous UCGIS SLCN workshops can be found here.
Timing: Wednesday, May 27, 8:30 am - 12 pm
Requirements:  None
Instructor: Tim Nyerges is a Professor of Geography and Director of the Master of GIS for Sustainability Management Program at the University of Washington. A Past-President of UCGIS, he leads SLCN as a UCGIS initiative on sustainability.