Meeting Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 17:00
Description/Additional Information: 

Topic:…  no specific topic.  If you have a tip or trick you’d like to share with the group, that would be great.

Notes:  Keith

Treats:  Matt

Facilitator:  Terralyn



  1. Announcements
  2. Software/Hardware updates/issues
  3. Data
  4. Training
  5. Round Table


Next Meeting:  November 19th  or   20th

Topic:   (suggestions:  GIS Day speaker?)  GIS Day is Nov. 19th






  1. NW GIS User Group  (October 12-17)
  2. ForestSAT: Nov 4-7  Italy


Online Notes: 

Attendees: Matt G., Terralyn V., Theresa V., Kuuipo W., Peter Elder, Kelly C. and Keith Olsen

e-book atlas for research dissemination http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/

The is a new maptime meetup in Corvallis on the third thurdsays down at the MAC (By Alsea Geospatial?). The maptime event is a place to maybe create a shared web mapping project. Little library locations?

Terralyn has the arcServer 10.2.2 setup, but it is not playing nice with the forestry authenticaiton system. Accounts will have to be setup manually by Terralyn. The arcServer is running on the COF 32 node cluster which has a virtual machine running straight on the hardware. Windows is on the virtual machine for arc.

Matt G is in his 9 month quest to get the university to allow him and others to use mapbox vector reference tiles ($5 per month). The saga goes to the FEC soon. Good luck Matt!

The National Geographic speaker was great that Bernie brought in. He was a great story teller and it was interesting to see the NG do advocacy pieces in addition to their usual reporting. Paying to have a mountain lion collared just for a photo was interesting too.

Lidar data on the Engineering server is hard to sort through. Kuuipo suggested getting a student to create a shapefile index for the Lidar areas and serve the index somewhere.

Theresa and Kelly learned some interesting things about GPS collection and correcting the path finder GPS files for height. Apparently, the raw heights are geoid heights and need corrected to local areas. 30m adjustments.

Matt G. is using Cython and is talking up 100x to 1000x speed improvements for python. There is a 4 part youtube video that give a good primer for Cython. Here is the first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKCjsRDffXo

Chris at the COF is going to be offering short python classes for interested university folks.

Matt also suggested using gis.stackexchange.com for general GIS help on the web

Next meeting is Nov 20th

Faciliator - Terralyn

Treats - Kelly C

Notes - Theresa