Oregon AFS has organized a Salmon in the City symposium that will take place at the University Place (310 SW Lincoln Street) in Portland, Oregon on October 14, 2010. This one-day symposium will look at the impacts of urbanization on salmon and steelhead, how these impacts might be minimized or eliminated, and how fish will respond to restoration efforts. We have lined up an exciting panel of speakers to address the topics surrounding this issue.
Details are available in the attached flyer and on the Oregon AFS website (http://www.orafs.org/SalmonIntheCity.htm).
Register Now! Space is limited and the cost is only $30.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: Demian Ebert (email@example.com, 503-222-7275) or
Mike Reed (Michael.Reed@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3399).
When: 7pm Sep 16th
Where: FreeGeek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue
Who: Edwin Knuth
Location-based services are all the rage these days, and almost
everyone has a latitude and longitude or two stashed away in a numeric
column somewhere. But, there is so much more to it than just a point.
Once relegated to government and academia, geographic information
systems are becoming increasingly visible. With the PostGIS
extension, PostgreSQL is a first-class geodatabase and an incredible
platform for working with spatial data, but what is PostGIS and why
would one use it? And beyond PostGIS there are a dizzying array oftools to load, visualize and interact with the wonderful geospatial
information in your database. This talk will cover GIS and PostGIS
basics and provide an introduction to geodatabases and spatial
Edwin Knuth spent quite some time as a sysadmin and web developer
before going back to school to study Environmental Science at the
University of Alaska Southeast. He quickly became fascinated with
Geographic Information Systems and realized that GIS was just a really
neat database application. In Alaska, Edwin worked on several unique
projects, including building bat detectors and using PostGIS to manage
a wireless sensor network on the Juneau Icefield. He has lived in
Portland for the past year and loves it very much.
Announcing Kool Apps 2010 featuring Open Data and Open Source: Friday, September 24 at Portland State University
This all day event is free! It is co-sponsored by the PDX-Open Source GIS users group, a special interest group of OR-URISA.
This event is coordinated with , and attendees are encouraged to attend both events!
Attendees should plan on bringing a laptop to participate in the hands-on portion and a three-hour walk-thru of selected open source GIS applications.
9am - 11am : OpenStreetMap - Presented by Cloudmade
11am - Noon : The Open Source GIS stack - Presented by PDX-OSGIS
Noon - 1pm: Lunch on your own
1pm -3pm : The Open Source GIS stack
3pm - 5pm : Invited demos of projects solved with open source gis tools.
Beverages and light snacks provided by OR-URISA
This event takes place at Portland State University, in the Smith Center's VanPort Room (#338). Registration is free but space is limited to 72 participants.
Below is a message from Jacob MacDonald regarding the ASPRS Technical exchange. Consider presenting!
We’ve booked the Vancouver Water Resource Center on October 29th for the annual ASPRS technical exchange co-hosted by the Columbia River and Puget Sound regions. I’ll send a more formal announcement soon. This message is just my first attempt to book presenters. We need to line up folks to talk for 15-20 minutes about all the cool stuff you’re working on. Let me know if you’d like to claim one of the time slots. Personally, I’d like to see a strong showing from the students in our region. Students, please consider giving a short presentation on your thesis work or even a term project. I expect the time slots to fill up quickly, so don’t wait to get back to me!
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
The Oregon State Legislature is looking for a GIS Analyst. To see the full job description follow the link:
A good article on how Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.
When: September 24, 2010 - 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Where: PPI Group
6015 NE 80th AVE
Presenter: Richard Hill
Topic: 3-D Mobile Scanning and Imaging
LIDAR made its debute more than a decade ago with airborne imagery. Since then terrestrial applications have made significant strides which include vehicle-mounted mobile devices. Richard Hill will present the latest development in mobile technology with the new IP-S2 System.
The Azuero Earth Project [www.azueroearthproject.org] is a United States tax-exempt organization (501-C-3) operating in Panama as the Proyecto Ecológico Azuero. The organization is dedicated to local education, reforestation and sustainable land stewardship on the Azuero Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast of Panama, about 100km west of Panama City.
“The mission of the Azuero Earth Project is to preserve the earth’s ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge.”
The Azuero Earth Project facilitates connections among scientists, educators, students, planners and designers and local communities to explore advanced concepts for appropriate land use with a focus on developing simple, sustainable models for architecture, agriculture and development.
In the next 1-2 years, the team will be pursuing three program tracks:
A GIS mapping project to assess forest remnants and gaps and prioritize habitat conservation actions in a unique ecosystem threatened by development and overuse;
A Land Assessment Program to raise awareness and provide local landowners with sustainable land use options;
Building the Azuero Resource Center, a library and website to collect and distribute ecological information and connect to others throughout the world who are interested in the region, in Panama, and in sustainable land management;
The Azuero Earth Project seeks a GIS/IT Specialist. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in working with a small high-energy team dedicated to researching and communicating ecological and environmental issues in an international setting. We encourage applications from candidates with advanced GIS experience who are looking for adventurous and fulfilling work where creative ideas are celebrated! The central focus of the GIS/IT specialist’s work will be the mapping project, but s/he will also have opportunities to perform field research and work with local community members.
Reporting to the President, and working closely with the Program Manager, the GIS/IT specialist will:
Create a GIS database prioritizing areas for conservation on the basis of characteristics represented through mapping layers
Install and maintain computer hardware and software
Once established, manage and update the GIS database
Incorporate GPS field information into the GIS mapping project
Educate local volunteers about taking GPS data and assist with coordination of GPS data volunteering projects
Work with local land administrators to understand and implement sustainable development principles using GIS and satellite images
Prepare maps, presentations and publications showcasing the results of the project to donors and the local community
Manage and update the Azuero Earth Project website
We seek an individual with the following qualifications:
A passionate personal and professional commitment to the environment
Undergraduate or advanced degree in computer programming, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, geography, or a related technological major
Coursework and past research in biology and ecology is a plus
Current knowledge and experience with ArcGIS desktop including ArcInfo, the Spatial Analyst extension, ERDAS and/or ENVI
Experience with recording GPS field data and incorporating that data into GIS projects
Experience working with satellite images/remote sensing software and incorporating image analysis of satellite images and aerial photographs into ArcGIS
2-3 years post-graduate experience in GIS and web programming projects – please provide examples of past work initiated and independently conducted in GIS and programming
Ability to take initiative, lead a team, problem-solve, be technologically creative, and assume responsibility for the creation of an elegant database into which new data is incorporated seamlessly, along with its metadata. The database you create will be the foundation for all of our work on the peninsula.
Fluent knowledge of spanish
Willingness to live in Pedasí, Los Santos, Panama
Knowledge of the international GIS community
Ability to develop creative GIS solutions and experience working in remote/challenging locations
Knowledge of html, java, and/or PHP. Experience with Wordpress and available plugins is a plus. Our website is a custom Wordpress install. Editing of source files may be required.
Salary & Benefits
Salary and benefits are competitive within the region and commensurate with background and experience. This position is for a period of two years with a possibility of extension.
Email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your resume, cover letter, two or more references, and samples of work as indicated above and any relevant published material. The cover letter should detail your experience, match of skills to the position, salary requirements and availability, as well as introduce any samples of past work included with the application. The deadline for submitting an application is October 11, 2010.