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December 17, 2008

Associate Director for the Institute for Geographic Information Science Position

UCGIS Community,

We will be hiring a new Associate Director for the Institute for Geographic Information Science, to start in the latter part of January.

The posting closes January 6, and is listed on the SFSU HR page as
* Information Technology Consultant, Career, Exempt - College of BSS, Geography * *Job ID: 1906* at https://cmsweb.sfsu.edu/psp/HSFPRDF/CUSTOMER/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL

Summary
Promotion and support for Geographic Information Science activities at SFSU: (a) provide development and support for GIS academic and research program; (b) manage resources and activities in the Institute for Geographic Information Science (HSS 272) and the Geographic Analysis Teaching Lab (GATL; HSS 290); and (c) promote and support GIScience on campus.

Minimum Qualifications
The Associate Director must have an advanced level of knowledge in the applications of GIScience methods (especially ESRI ArcGIS, remote sensing image analysis, and spatial statistics), Microsoft Office applications, and basic HTML. In addition, a broad knowledge of computer systems operations, networks and associated protocols, hardware and software is required to ensure proper maintenance and support of the computing facilities. The Associate Director must have a proven ability to acquire funding and manage a research laboratory through contracts and grants, and must possess the skills and abilities necessary to ensure that a project is completed on time and within budget constraints by setting project goals and objectives. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. A Masters Degree or equivalent experience in Geography or closely related field is necessary.

Other Qualifications
A successful Associate Director must first be able to manage the complexities of two labs housing academic and CEL instructional programs, along with developing research projects for the Institute, but may also bring advanced technical skills useful in the successful pursuit of those projects and support of the instructional programs. Particular skills that fit with the qualifications and reputation of the Institute include:
• Leadership skills in the development of GISc activities
• Programming skills in Python or VBA with Arc Object Model
• Internet map serving through Arc Server.
• GIS data model development.


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Jerry Davis
Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
Director, Institute for Geographic Information Science
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., SF, CA 94132
415/338-2983 jerry@sfsu.edu http://bss.sfsu.edu/jdavis
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CaGIS Scholarships: Deadline January 15, 2009

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CaGIS SCHOLARSHIPS ($500 and $1000)

Due date: January 15, 2009
see www.cartogis.org/awards

Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
sponsors two scholarships to students whose research and accomplishments
support the mission of CaGIS. The scholarships recognize academic
achievement and encourage the continuing education of outstanding
cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic
information science (GIScience) students. Scholarships are awarded for
research advancing the disciplines of cartography or GIScience rather
than research applying GIS or mapping as a technique. Winners are selected
based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the
award. Applications are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, and
awards are announced in the spring. Information on other CaGIS-sponsored awards is available at www.cartogis.org/awards.

Awards CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($500): This award is to be
granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters' degree program
during 2008 or 2009. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in
cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to
cartography or GIScience research. Outstanding undergraduates seeking to

support Masters' level research in GIScience are also eligible to apply
(see below). CaGIS Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1000): This award is to
be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a PhD degree program

during 2007 or 2008. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in
cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to
cartography or GIScience research.

Winners are invited to present their research at an upcoming AutoCarto
conference, and are eligible for limited travel support if they choose
to present.

Eligibility Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a four-year
undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2008 or 2009, studying
cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field.

Prior scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years if
all appropriate criteria are satisfied. Undergraduate applicants who have
not yet been accepted into graduate school should request that their faculty
advisor assess their potential for graduate study in their reference
letter.

FOR FORMS AND DIRECTIONS go to www.cartogis.org/awards, or contact Rob
Edsall, CaGIS Student Activities Coordinator, at edsal001@umn.edu.

GIS Workshops though MPC/CLA

The two workshops will be offered on Friday, January 9th and Friday, January 16th. Interested participants should sign up for one of them. The daylong workshops will provide researchers an introduction to basic GIS concepts and applications. I have attached a flyer that can be posted or circulated. Also, information regarding the training can be found:
http://uttc.umn.edu/training/courses/description.jsp?secName=GIS101

PDF File Creation Tool for Word Users

Regarding PDF creation, this option is available in Word 2007. All computer labs should now have Office 2007, and students can get a copy for themselves for free (or cheap if they want the media) from here: http://www1.umn.edu/ucs/Microsoft/ms4students.php. There are other freeware programs out there that do this too, but the built-in on from MS is probably the best.

NEH support for the digital humanities

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=43489 (grant link)
National Endowment for the Humanities

Description

These NEH grants support national or regional (multi‑state) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences, although the duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic. Today, complex data its form, manipulation, and interpretation are as important to humanities study as more traditional research materials. Datasets, for example, may represent digitized historical records, high-quality image data, or even multimedia collections, all of which are increasing in number due to the availability and affordability of mass data storage devices and international initiatives to create digital content. Moreover, extensive networking capabilities, sophisticated middleware applications, and new collaboration platforms are simultaneously providing and improving interactive access to and analysis of these data as well as a multitude of other resources. The goals of the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program are to bring together humanities scholars and digital technology specialists from different disciplines to share ideas and methods that advance humanities research and teaching through the use of digital technologies; to reflect on, interpret, and analyze new digital media, multimedia, and text-based computing technologies and integrate these into humanities scholarship; to teach current and future generations of humanities scholars to design, develop, and use cyber-based tools and environments for scholarship; to devise new and creative uses for technology that offer valuable models that can be applied specifically to research in the humanities. NEH strongly encourages applicants to develop proposals for multidisciplinary teams of collaborators that will offer the necessary range of intellectual, technical, and practical expertise. This program is designed to bring together humanities scholars, advanced graduate students, computer scientists, and others to learn new tools, approaches, and technologies and to foster relationships for future collaborations in the humanities. Partners and collaborators may be drawn from the private and public sectors and may include appropriate specialists from within and outside the United States. Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities may be hosted by colleges, universities, learned societies, centers for advanced study, libraries or other repositories, and cultural or professional organizations. The host site(s) must be appropriate for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. Projects that will be held more than once and at different locations are permissible.

nstitutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities may be hosted by colleges, universities, learned societies, centers for advanced study, libraries or other repositories, and cultural or professional organizations. The host site(s) must be appropriate for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. Projects that will be held more than once and at different locations are permissible.
Possible topics and areas to be addressed might include, but are not limited to:
Text Encoding Initiative, electronic editing, and publishing;
e-literature;
textual analysis and text mining;
immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research;
3-D imaging technology, including laser scanning;
creativity, culture, and computing;
digital image design;
information aesthetics;
computer gaming and the humanities;
high performance or supercomputing and the humanities; and
advanced Geographic Information Systems applications.
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grants may not be used for:
digitization of collections;
support for workshops on routine computer applications (e.g., training in HTML mark-up) from which little new knowledge about techniques or approaches in the digital humanities will emerge;
the development and presentation of courses or programs that focus on the skills and knowledge required to preserve, digitize, or catalog humanities collections, such as training in digital scanning;
graduate programs in the digital humanities; or
programs that are not regional (multi-state) or national in scope.

Andrew Miller Plan B Presentation

Andrew Miller will give his MGIS Plan B presentation, "Designing and Implementing a Spatial Database Data Model for an Electric Distribution Utility," on Friday, Dec. 5 from 3-3:30 pm in the Brown Room located on the 4th floor of Social Sciences Bldg.