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Planet workshops and consultations coming in August 2022



We’re happy to announce several special workshops and consultations coming this August, hosted by the team from Planet. This is a great chance to learn more about the Planet products available at UBC, and ask the experts any questions you might have about using them! Registration is required and seats are limited.

UBC students, staff, and faculty can access Planet’s PlanetScope and RapidEye satellite imagery archive, and Visual BaseMap for streaming and download through UBC Library’s electronic resources.

Introduction to Planet and Planet Explorer: How to Harness the Power of Daily Imagery

Wednesday, August 24: 2pm to 4pm – Koerner Library Room 548 (Hybrid)

This session is a non-technical introduction to Planet, Planet satellites, Planet imagery and use cases. In this presentation you will learn more about Planet satellites and the imaging sensors onboard. You will also learn the different ways in which users can access Planet imagery. Finally, there will be a live demonstration of how to use Planet Explorer, our online tool to help you search and download Planet imagery.

  • Introduction to Planet and Planet satellites
  • Introduction to Planet Platforms and Integrations
  • Highlight of Use Cases
  • Demonstration of Planet Explorer

Speaker: Austin Stone, Customer Success Manager, Education & Research, Planet

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Introduction to Planet and Planet Explorer: Technical Office Hour Drop-in

Wednesday, August 24: 4pm to 5pm – Koerner Library Room 548 (Hybrid)

This session follows an introductory workshop to Planet and Planet Explorer and is hosted by Planet’s Austin Stone, Customer Success Manager, Education & Research; and UBC Library’s Evan Thornberry, Geographic Information Systems Librarian. We encourage anyone who works with or is curious about working with satellite imagery to attend! Feel free to bring any Planet-specific questions or issues you might have, or simply join us for a chat.

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Thematic Meeting (1/2)

Wednesday, August 24: 1pm to 2pm – Koerner Library Room 548 (Hybrid)

Thematic meetings are designed to promote conversation on current or potential use of Planet imagery. We want to know how you are using or planning to use Planet imagery in your research or in your classroom. Furthermore, if you want to workshop ideas for how to implement Planet imagery into your workflow – this is the meeting for you. Join us for an open conversation about Planet imagery and ways you can take advantage of it.

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Curriculum Discussion

Thursday, August 25: 10am to 11am – Koerner Library Room 548 (Hybrid)

Join the Planet team for an open discussion on Planet in the classroom and introduction of Planet University. This conversation will be primarily for educators/instructors who want to use Planet resources in their curriculum or who are already utilizing their Planet access for educational purposes. We want to hear from you on potential opportunities to help support the growth of Planet in the classroom and to promote educational resources in the Planet platform.

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Thematic Meeting (2/2)

Thursday, August 25: 11am to 12pm – Koerner Library Room 548 (Hybrid)

Thematic meetings are designed to promote conversation on current or potential use of Planet imagery. We want to know how you are using or planning to use Planet imagery in your research or in your classroom. Furthermore, if you want to workshop ideas for how to implement Planet imagery into your workflow – this is the meeting for you. Join us for an open conversation about Planet imagery and ways you can take advantage of it.

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Introduction to Planet’s Satellite Constellations and Science Applications

Thursday, August 25: 3pm to 5pm – Forest Sciences Centre Room 1003 (Hybrid)

Planet operates the largest fleet of Earth observing satellites in history, with multiple constellations imaging the world at high and medium resolution. Dr. Tanya Harrison, Planet’s Director of Strategic Science Initiatives, will take you on a tour of the current and planned constellations, and showcase applications of the data from the global science community. From understanding the food security impacts of the war in Ukraine to monitoring the melting Arctic, Planet data has been used across a broad swath of disciplines to help humans understand our changing homeworld.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Director of Strategic Science Initiatives at Planet and a Fellow of the UBC’s Outer Space Institute. Prior to Planet, she worked in science and mission operations for multiple NASA missions over the course of 13 years, including the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance rovers. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, where she was a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Committed to fostering the next generation of space professionals, Tanya is active in mentorship, education, and outreach initiatives. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation, an initiative to increase diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Canadian aerospace sector through internship opportunities and mentorship.

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Don’t miss the Esri 2022 User Conference

This year’s Esri User Conference is a hybrid conference. Anyone with an Esri licence can attend online at no cost.

For an overview of of this week-long event, see the detailed agenda, which is t

For more information please visit the conference website at:

https://www.esri.com/en-us/about/events/uc/registration

ESRI Canada Scholarship 2022

ESRI Canada Scholarship 2022

ESRI Canada Scholarship 2022

$2000 award + software & training • Deadline March 7, 2022 • Open to current UBC students

Each ESRI Scholarship applicant should provide no more than three or four pages, two pages of text and one or two pages of graphics (maps, tables, figures, models, diagrams), outlining why they should receive the award. The text pages should describe the applicants’ background in one paragraph and then detail their use of GIS, including when it was done and for whom. The graphics page(s) should include an exported image of the graphics that they have produced that illustrates the outcome of their analysis. Applications will be reviewed according to the clarity of the presentation, the level of GIS innovation, and the quality of the graphic presentation.

The scholarship consists of the following, to be provided by Esri Canada directly to the successful student candidate after they have submitted to Esri Canada a poster and a report (may be submitted as a story map) demonstrating their use of Esri technology:

  1. A one-time payment of $2,000.
  2. A three-year term license of ArcGIS for Student Use:
    • ArcGIS Online with GIS Professional Advanced User Type and 1000 Service Credits
    • ArcGIS Pro Advanced Named User license
    • Essential Apps: ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Experience Builder, ArcGIS Web AppBuilder, ArcGIS Dashboards, ArcGIS Instant Apps, ArcGIS Hub Basic, ArcGIS AppStudio
    • Field Apps: ArcGIS Field Maps, ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Workforce, ArcGIS QuickCapture
    • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced Single Use license (ArcMap)
    • ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop Extensions: ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Data Interoperability, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, ArcGIS Image Analyst (ArcGIS Pro only), ArcGIS LocateXT, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Publisher, ArcGIS Schematics, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Tracking Analyst, ArcGIS Workflow Manager.
    • Premium apps: ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App Standard, ArcGIS GeoPlanner, ArcGIS Insights, ArcGIS Urban Suite (ArcGIS CityEngine and ArcGIS Urban)
    • ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World
    • Installation support, software updates, and unlimited access to e-learning courses through the Esri Training site.
  3. A three-year Professional-level subscription to the ArcGIS Developer Program (ADP), which includes ArcGIS Enterprise for development purposes.
  4. Digital copies of select Esri Press Publications including:
    • Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro
    • Getting to Know Web GIS, 4th Edition
    • Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.8
    • GIS for Science Volume 2: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics.
  5. Two instructor-led training courses offered by Esri Canada.
  6. Registration for one of Esri Canada’s User Conferences.
  7. A personal and editable profile in the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Web Portal.
  8. Eligibility to apply for the Esri Canada Associate GIS Professional Program in their year of graduation.

For general information about the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship program, visit scholars.esri.ca.

GIS Day 2021

GIS Day 2021

Conference date: Wednesday, November 17 2021

An all virtual GIS event

Overview

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and community. Organized by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia Libraries, GIS day 2021 will be an online event, to be held via Zoom. More information can be found on SFU Library’s site.

Registration is for free but required. The button below will direct you to where you can register and view the program.

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Maya Daurio and Stephen Chignell win Esri 2021 Scholarship

Image from Ecologies of Harm: Mapping Contexts of Vulnerability in the Time of COVID-19

Image from Ecologies of Harm: Mapping Contexts of Vulnerability in the Time of COVID-19

Maya Daurio, from the Department of Anthropology and Stephen Chignell from IRES, the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability are 2021’s scholarship winners.

Daurio and Chignell’s project,  Ecologies of Harm: Mapping Contexts of Vulnerability in the Time of COVID-19, acts as a complement to statistical renderings of COVID-19, encouraging us to reflect on the lives beneath the numbers. In line with principles of counter-mapping, our research illustrates how harms caused by the pandemic intersect with other injustices and with specific geographies to exacerbate vulnerabilities of marginalized populations.

Congratulations to both on their winning submission.

View the winning submission.

Now hiring Graduate Academic Assistants

Now hiring Graduate Academic Assistants for a new open geomatics textbook

Prof. Paul Pickell (Faculty of Forestry) is hiring several Graduate Academic Assistants to create content for a new Open Educational Resource (OER) geomatics textbook. The successful candidates will assist with creating OER content for a new open geomatics textbook that will be adopted in UBC classrooms.

  • Up to 12 total positions to be filled
  • Duration: April 15 – June 30, 2021
  • Total hours: 40 hours (possibility of extension)
  • Application deadline: April 9th, 2021

Project Details:

The aim of this project is to develop an interactive online textbook with open educational resources (OER) for teaching geomatics across UBC faculties. Existing OER geomatics textbooks are flat: they lack interactive examples, tools, and case studies that make cutting-edge geomatics so engaging. More importantly, Canada is the birthplace of computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS), yet existing textbooks (both OER and non-OER) adopted in UBC classrooms rarely focus on environmental management issues, case studies, and examples that are relevant to underrepresented northern communities in Canada. Successful candidates will undertake research of existing OER materials (textbooks, websites, etc) and create new content that will be used in the textbook. Successful candidates will also receive training in the use of GitHub, version control, markdown, RStudio, and copyleft principles.

Job Duties: The GAAs will work under the supervision of Prof. Pickell and Evan Thornberry (UBC GIS Librarian).

  • Researching and finding existing OER content on specific topics as well as creating original figures, images, maps, tables, problem sets, questions, suggested activities, etc.
  • Writing a case study on an environmental management problem utilizing geomatics and related to your research work, thesis, or capstone project

Requirements:

  • Enrolled as a current graduate student at UBC
  • Knowledge and experience using any GIS software or packages: ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGIS, R, Python, Matlab, Google Earth Pro, Google Earth Engine
  • Knowledge of geomatics applications to environmental management issues in Canada. The following topical areas are considered a high priority: Northern communities, First Nations, climate change, boreal forest, endangered wildlife, freshwater ecosystems, fisheries, glaciers/ice monitoring, environmental justice, resource extraction

Assets:

  • Experience working with Free and Open Source Software such as QGIS, RStudio, Leaflet
  • Experience programming javascript applications
  • Graphic design experience
  • Experience using Markdown or RMarkdown
  • Experience with version control and GitHub

How to Apply:

Please email a one-page cover letter and your resume as a single pdf packet to Prof. Paul Pickell (paul.pickell@ubc.ca). In your cover letter, please outline what environmental management case study you would like to contribute to the textbook. Additionally, highlight what experience you have working with GIS software and emphasize if you have any of the above assets.

Esri Scholarships – 2021 (Deadline: March 1, 2021)

Submissions are open for the Esri Canada Scholarship

Esri Canada’s annual GIS Scholarship

Award recipients receive $2000, ArcGIS software, books, and training and networking opportunites. The award includes registration for one of Esri Canada’s User Conferences in 2021, access to instructor-led courses, and more.
For more information: Esri Canada Scholarship 2021

Applications for this scholarship are due Monday, March 1, 2021.

GIS Day 2020

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and community. GeoAwareness Week is an annual event highlighting the importance of geographic and spatial literacy and education. This year UBC Library and SFU Library are organizing four events in celebration of GeoAwareness Week and GIS Day:

Intro to Web Mapping – Friday, November 13th, 2020

Open to UBC and SFU communities

This workshop is part of the Web Mapping Workshop Series.

You’ve likely used Google Maps, Yelp, or Craigslist, which all have integrated web map elements, but have you ever thought of creating a web map for your research project? An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike. This Web Mapping workshop series of 2 workshops will help researchers across disciplines understand what a web map is and how to create one in two different ways, namely ArcGIS online and R. This first workshop (Intro to Web Mapping) is not the prerequisite for the second one below (Web Mapping with R) – feel free to attend one or both.

The workshop will begin with a basic overview of technologies, principles, and terminology related to web mapping, such as map tiles and web services. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on time with ArcGIS Online.

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the workshop

Registration is required and seats are limited.

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Workshop: Data Normalization and Classification – Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Open to everyone

Join June Skeeter, PhD candidate from UBC’s Department of Geography, for this informational data normalization and classification workshop. This lecture-style workshop will focus on police violence data from Canada and the United States, and emphasize the importance of data normalization and show how different data classification methods impact the ways we perceive information.

Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the workshop

Registration is required and seats are limited.

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Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon – Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Open to everyone

Missing Maps is all about mapping the most vulnerable places in the world in order to better equip organizations to respond to crises. Information about structures, roads, or bridges, for example, doesn’t appear on maps in many places around the world, making it difficult for first responders to know where to go and who is at risk in the aftermath of disasters.

For this mapathon, we’ll be contributing to urgent mapping needs in the Caribbean, an area vulnerable to hurricanes, impacts from which are compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during this hurricane season.

Please join us in this important effort on November 19th as part of GeoAwareness Week. You don’t need any prior experience, and all of our contributions together can make a big difference.

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the workshop

Registration is required and seats are limited.

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Workshop: Web Mapping with R – Friday, November 20th Rescheduled: Friday November 27th, 2020

Open to UBC and SFU communities

This workshop is part of the Web Mapping Workshop Series.

Leaflet is one of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries for interactive maps. Here’s an example of a web map created with Leaflet from The New York Times. This workshop will introduce you to Leaflet for R, an R package, which makes it easy to integrate and control Leaflet maps in R without knowledge of JavaScript. You can create interactive web maps right in R Studio! The topics covered include:

  • Using the Leaflet package for R to add titles, markers, popups, create a theme map, change basemap, etc
  • Host and publish your web map through Github

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the workshop

Registration is required and seats are limited.

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Julia Higson from the School of Landscape Architecture wins Esri 2020 Scholarship

Detail from a map in Julia Higson's Landscapes of Extraction

Detail from one of the maps in Landscapes of Extraction

The winning submission came from Julia Higson’s studies in the Landscapes of Extraction, which presented maps and data on the impact of extraction of drinking water in British Columbia. The study itself had a focus on design and cartography as well as the clear presentation of data.

Congratulations, Julia Higson!

View the winning presentation