Category Archives: Training and Certifications

LCC IDMN Webinar Series – Next Generation Data Integration Challenges

US Department of the Interior (DOI) WebEx Enterprise Site.

Topic: LCC IDMN Webinar Series – Next Generation Data Integration Challenges
Session status: Not Started (Registration)
Session date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Starting time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Presenters: Ashley Fortune Isham
Description: Future landscape-scale analyses will rely on more and larger datasets, more computationally intense models, and an ever increasing rate of data inputs and outputs. Integration activities must keep pace with these needs.

Naturally Social: An Interview with Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Thank you for registering for today’s InformationWeek live radio show at 3 p.m. ET: Naturally Social: An Interview with Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Here’s the link for today’s show:
We look forward to having you join us at 3 p.m. ET for our live on-air radio show and post-show community text chat.
I’m doing a paper on the “State of the Art” of services, feeds, and widgets, particularly Geographic Information.  Sent out a few tweets to see if I can track that down!

University of West Florida Online GIS Certificate

Master’s Non-Degree-Seeking US Citizen – Fall 2014

Environmental Science at Online

Completed & Submitted On 07/28/2014 1:05 PM

Learning environment
    1. Students “go to class” on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments through UWF eLearning. Familiarize yourself with our online learning portal before applying to the program.
    2. All of our courses are instructor led with various means of communication and interaction.
    3. Students are expected to spend approximately 8-15 hours per week on course materials and assignments.
    4. Former students have reported spending as many as 20 hours per week on assignments.
  • Our program utilizes e-Desktop for GIS to provide virtual software access to students 24/7. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.1, ERDAS Imagine 2010, and Adobe Illustrator CS5 are primary GIS related softwares utilized to complete course assignments.

    eDesktop for GIS is MAC and PC friendly.

    Even though students will not be installing GIS software on their personal machines, we recommend the following hardware requirements listed onESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 System Requirements page.

    UWF GIS students are permitted one free copy each of ArcGIS Desktop student version license. No other student versions licenses are offered.

  • Spring Semester:

    1. GIS 3015/L Cartographic Skills
    2. GIS 4043/L Introduction to GIS

  • Summer Semester:

    Traditional Track

    1. GIS 4048 Applications in GIS
    2. GIS 5103 GIS Programming

  • Archaeology Track

    1. GIS 4990 Archaeology Applications in GIS
    2. GIS 5103 GIS Programming


Data Intensive Summer School, June 30 – July 2, 2014



The Data Intensive Summer School focuses on the skills needed to manage, process and gain insight from large amounts of data. It is targeted at researchers from the physical, biological, economic and social sciences that are beginning to drown in data. We will cover the nuts and bolts of data intensive computing, common tools and software, predictive analytics algorithms, data management and visualization. Given the short duration of the summer school, the emphasis will be on providing a solid foundation that the attendees can use as a starting point for advanced topics of particular relevance to their work.


  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Familiarity with relational data base model
  • Examples and assignments will most likely use R, MATLAB and Weka. We do not require experience in these languages or tools, but you should already have an understanding of basic programming concepts (loops, conditionals, functions, arrays, variables, scoping, etc.)


  • Robert Sinkovits, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Topics (tentative)

  • Nuts and bolts of data intensive computing
    • Computer hardware, storage devices and file systems
    • Cloud storage
    • Data compression
    • Networking and data movement
  • Data ManagementIntroduction to R programming
    • Digital libraries and archives
    • Data management plans
    • Access control, integrity and provenance
  • Introduction to Weka
  • Predictive analyticsDealing with missing data
    • Standard algorithms: k-mean clustering, decision trees, SVM
    • Over-fitting and trusting results
  • ETL (Extract, transfer and load)
    • The ETL life cycle
    • ETL tools – from scripts to commercial solutions
  • Non-relational atabases
    • Brief refresher on relational mode
    • Survey of non-relational models and technologies
  • Visualization
    • Presentation of data for maximum insight
    • R and ggplot package

Virtual Summer School courses are delivered simultaneously at multiple locations across the country using high-definition videoconferencing technology.


On June 26 I received a follow-up e-mail with notes from the instructors:


Preparing for the virtual summer school

Several of the instructors have requested that you preinstall software on your laptop. Given the large number of participants and the compressed schedule, we ask that you comply and do this before the start of the summer school.

R Studio (statistical programming language)

Follow “download RStudio Desktop”

WEKA (data mining software)

Follow “Download” link on left hand side of home page

Please download the Stable book 3rd ed. version

Prior knowledge of R is not required, but we do assume that you have some programming experience and familiarity with basic programming concepts (variables, arrays, loops, branching, etc.). You may find it helpful to acquaint yourself with basic R syntax ahead of time.

Reading the first two chapters of the following online introduction is recommended

A basic understanding of relational databases and SQL would also be useful. If you are unfamiliar with the SQL syntax, please consider the following tutorials

I already have R studio; I have never tried Weka.  This is a little bit of added work for the summer, but it looks like a great opportunity to pick up some additional skills, or at least refresh those skills I’ve already acquired.


R 2 R Full-day Workshop

UTK Workshop Management System

Tanner Monroe Jessel,This email confirms your registration for the following workshop:R 2 R Full-day Workshop – R is a free, powerful, and readily extensible platform for statistical computing and graphics that runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Its capabilities and user-base are growing exponentially, and you can now run R from within other statistical packages, including SAS, SPSS and Statistica. This workshop will introduce you to several graphical user interfaces to R and its programming language. We will spend most of the day hands-on, working through programming examples. When finished, you will be able to use R to import data, manage and transform it, create publication quality graphics, perform basic statistical analyses and know how to generalize that knowledge to more advanced methods. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of statisticsDate: 04/28/14Time: 8:00am – 5:00pmLocation: tbaInstructor: Bob Muenchen

via Jessel, Tanner Monroe – Outlook Web App.