Meeting Date: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 17:00
Richardson 313
Description/Additional Information: 

Topic: Evaluating GIS-based methods of collecting expert opinion data: AGOL vs The Google by Dave Hockman-Wert

Notes: Kuuipo

Treats: Dave

Facilitator: Terralyn

Meeting room: Terralyn

Online Notes: 

Present: Dianne Seymour, Paula Wills, Steve Oder, Theresa Valentine, Keith Olsen, Dave Hockman-Wert, Kuuipo Walsh, Matt Gregory, Patti Haggerty, Terralyn Vandetta, Heather Roberts, Matt Viehdorfer, Peter Eldred.

Topic: Evaluating GIS-based methods of collecting expert opinion data: AGOL vs The Google by Dave Hockman-Wert

Dave gave a nice presentation on evaluating GIS-based methods for collecting presence/absence data on bull trout. The USGS did a range-wide vulnerability assessment of bull trout. Is the preferred cold water habitat at risk? For stream temperature they used the NorWeST model. Dave showed us a patch map. A patch is a modeled stream segment that is cold enough and contiguous. Dave needed a way to show patch maps to experts and a way for the experts to report probability of presence/absence. Dave looked at Esri data driven pages, Esri ArcGIS Online, and Google Earth. They selected Google Earth for the ease of use and performance. But were not able to connect the maps to their spreadsheet. Matt suggested geojson.io for that. Take home message: Always talk to Matt.


1.      Announcements

  • No topics

2.      Software/hardware updates/issues

  • Terralyn: ArcGIS 10.2.2 Server is not working yet
  • Patti: ArcGIS 10.2.2 seems sensitive to what version of Python you are running (32-bit versus 64-bit). For example her Python code to import the NETCDF supplemental toolbox (written by an Esri employee) did not work with 64-bit Python.
  • Matt: Always build pyramids when using big rasters

3.      Data

4.      Training

  • Matt: Before FOSS4G, Matt and Keith are going to js.geo training at PSU. js.geo is javascript for geo analysis

5.      Round table

  • Matt G.: working on disturbance algorithms and converting them to Python
  • Patti: went two conferences in Colorado. One included ENVI training. The other in Fort Collins involved increasing published data and pubs at USGS. She is interested in a fog layer that shows how far inland from the coast is fog persistant in the summer. Matt has a fog layer from Chris Daley and Terresa and Peter have seen fog line layers. Patti was wondering if Landsat 8 cloud information would be helpful.
  • Keith: Has moved to ArcGIS 10.2.2. No major issues other than with Python installation.
  • Theresa: Steve and Teresa went GPSing at HJ Andrews. New landform layer for HJ Andrews derived from lidar. Has started brain dump at Esri's GEONet (Facebook for GIS folks). Posted her Story Map Woes. 73 weeks to retirement.
  • Peter: Evaluating watershed conditions, asking experts for input via AGOL similar to Dave's work. Will let us know when they post finished project. (Topic for future meeting?)
  • Matt V.: Interested in doing a possible Forested landscapes app with Esri City Engine (3D fly through and modeling on desktop. Also interested in CESIUM.com which originally was from DoD but now is open source. Fast, free, and mix google, arcgis, bing to create website.
  • Dianne: GISci cert student visiting
  • Paula: Doing georeferencing in ArcGIS 10.2.2 and it is crashing a lot on her.
  • Heather: Upgraded to ArcGIS 10.2.2 and import metadata tool does not work consistantly. Have to click on layer to see metadata refresh instead and fields may be jumbled. Recommend copying .xml metadata file into directory instead. (Theresa recommend Oxygen xml editor)
  • Steve: Spent 3 1/2 days in HJA. Older Trimble and large attenna on pole worked well.
  • Kuuipo: Robert Kennedy starts tomorrow and is teaching Graduate GIS course next fall. All OSU teaching classrooms will be using ArcGIS 10.2.2 including forestry classrooms.


Next meeting:

Date:  September 18th

Topic: Highlights from FOSS4G conference, and swag?

Notes: Patti

Treats: Peter

Facilitator: Keith

Meeting room: Terralyn


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