The Society for Conservation GIS 2010 Intl Program
CALL FOR HELPERS! (Please respond by Dec 15th 2009)

 

 

 

Dear SCGISers,

From its humble, grass roots beginnings in 1991 at the James Reserve, SCGIS has seen a lot of growth and significant changes.  Today we are on the cusp of potentially another significant development within SCGIS.  As all of you know, at the heart of the Society for Conservation GIS is the International Scholars program.  Every year this program gives conservation professionals around the world the opportunity come to the United Sates to gain access to GIS education programs, GIS software and attend the ESRI User Conference and SCIGS conference.  Over the years, these individuals have gone on to establish SCGIS chapters in four other countries.  Due to the hard work of Charles Convis and Sasha Yumakaev, the International Scholarship Program has out-grown its support structure.  Currently, the International Scholarship program has reached a crossroads.  In response to a meeting at the end of the 2009 conference at Big Bear organized by Charles and Sasha, the seeds of inspiration were set and a sub-committee of individuals came together in an effort to develop a new more sustainable program.  In a fashion similar to the SCGIS’s beginnings, the sub-committee is now calling for action from you, the SCGIS community to make this a successful program.  Time is short (see deadlines in descriptions) and we need action fast.  Please read carefully through the following schedule for next year along with the descriptions of positions that we need people to fill and respond if you feel that you can help.  Remember, there would be no SCGIS without the SCGIS community! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear SCGISers,

From its humble, grass roots beginnings in 1991 at the James Reserve, SCGIS has seen a lot of growth and significant changes.  Today we are on the cusp of potentially another significant development within SCGIS.  As all of you know, at the heart of the Society for Conservation GIS is the International Scholars program.  Every year this program gives conservation professionals around the world the opportunity come to the United Sates to gain access to GIS education programs, GIS software and attend the ESRI User Conference and SCIGS conference.  Over the years, these individuals have gone on to establish SCGIS chapters in four other countries.  Due to the hard work of Charles Convis and Sasha Yumakaev, the International Scholarship Program has out-grown its support structure.  Currently, the International Scholarship program has reached a crossroads.  In response to a meeting at the end of the 2009 conference at Big Bear organized by Charles and Sasha, the seeds of inspiration were set and a sub-committee of individuals came together in an effort to develop a new more sustainable program.  In a fashion similar to the SCGIS’s beginnings, the sub-committee is now calling for action from you, the SCGIS community to make this a successful program.  Time is short (see deadlines in descriptions) and we need action fast.  Please read carefully through the following schedule for next year along with the descriptions of positions that we need people to fill and respond if you feel that you can help.  Remember, there would be no SCGIS without the SCGIS community! 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s schedule:

Dec 15th: Deadline : Resources & Advocates signed up, decide if enough help to put on the program and create and announce the program by Dec 20th

Feb ? 2010 : Deadline for Scholar Applications

Feb-Mar ? 2010 : Scholar Review Process, Advocates do their work

Mar ? 2010 : Deadline for Award Announcements

June 21-25: Scholars receive training with distributed “Resources” 
Other Possible Time Slots, depending on the program: 5 days in June 14 to July 6th period.

June 28-July7: Preferred: Most Scholars join into one group and receive training at the James Reserve (capacity of 15-25 individuals)

July 8-11: SCGIS Conference: Mandatory for all Scholars

July 12-16: ESRI User Conference: Mandatory for all Scholars

July 19-????: Internships/Work Study: Possible time: July 19 thru August 19 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The new design we want to try out is based on defining 4 different ways that any SCGIS member anywhere in the world can get involved with our international members and help out with our international support program this summer. This email is to ask everyone to look over those ways or roles and sign up for one of them. In summary, those 4 ways are:

1. Resource provider: you set up a 5-day training/intern/consulting program at your work or home that can host 1 or more scholars, and send us a description of that by Dec 15th. We are hoping to find 10 folks willing to do this, and we will help you.

2. Conference Support: for those coming to either the ESRI or SCGIS conferences you
agree to give up 4 hours or more to help with 1 or more scholars. We hope to find 5-10 eople willing to do this.

3. Advocate: you look over the scholar applications this year and "adopt" a scholar, helping to choose from the resources (#1 above) to design a program for them, and allow them to email or call you when they are in the US and need advice. We hope to find 100 people willing to do this, since the commitment is the least.

4. Internship: you set up a 3-4 week internship or work-study where a scholar comes to your work to help and learn hands-on GIS skills after their training program

DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF THE 4 TYPES OF HELP SOUGHT:

1. Resourcers (see below for example): 

· What: Provide training (formal or informal) in GIS related processes for Scholars in a short block (2-5 days)

§ Coordinate housing, transportation and food for Scholar or Scholars for the duration of the Resource. 

§ Can be any kind of opportunity that gives the scholars direct experience and help in learning about how GIS is used to accomplish tasks similar to the ones they are facing.

§ Any creative scenarios are encouraged!

· Group Size: Anywhere from 1 Scholar to as many as can be accommodated. 

· Outside support: SCGIS may have some limited funding in the form of a food allowance for the Scholars ($30-$45 per diem).

· Time Frame: Before the James reserve training (June 28- July 7). Ideally it would fit in the June 21-25 time but there is some flexibility.

· Location: Assumed to be your home/office or a nearby training facility. 

§ ESRI regional offices may be available to help with courses for training. 

· Estimated Time Commitment: 80 hours total, around 20-40 hours for preparation and 40 hours training.

· Deadline: Detailed description of the “Resource” including training and any support needed be submitted by December 15th

EXAMPLE
Resource: Multiple Training Classes in GIS at ESRI HQ.
Description: Training in 30 different GIS topics, basic to advanced, in 3 to 5 day classes
Time frame: Can host up to 15 scholars for 2 weeks
Number of Scholars: up to 15
Logistics: Can provide free housing in ESRI staff homes for 10 scholars. Will need
help finding housing for any more.
Costs: Food and daily expenses will be about $30 per person.

 

2. Conference/Training Support Team:

· What: Interact with scholars and assist with their needs including logistics for attending ESRI and/or SCGIS conferences in California. 

§ Airport Pickups, hotels, errands, events, etc. 

· Group Size: 1 Scholar to as many as you can support.

· Outside Support: General Conference and Training volunteers that are available for all attendees.

· Time Frame: The duration of one or both of the conferences (SCGIS: July 8-11 and ESRI Conference: July 12-16) and/or James Reserve Training (June 28- July 7).

· Location: Monterey for SCGIS and San Diego for ESRI Conference, Redlands area for James Reserve Training.

· Estimate Time Commitment: 4-8 hours of your time at the SCGIS conference in addition to your normal conference activities. 6-12 hours at the ESRI conference.

· Deadline: Open

· Conference attendance is required for Support Team members.

 

3. Advocate:

· What: Aid Scholar in application process.

§ Aid with application review and strengthen support to international conservationists by “adopting” one or more scholars.

§ Through review of their SCGIS application and email/phone dialogue with the applicant develop a training plan out of the resources being offered that addresses their needs.

§ Facilitate their application process by matching the scholar with fitting “Resource” depending on their needs.

· Group Size: 1 Scholar after the initial review process in which the Advocate will help with assessing many applications.

· Time requirement: 8-10 hours.

· Time Frame: Variable- from beginning to end of Scholars of the process and all levels in between depending on needs of Scholar and the availability of the “Advocate”

§ Training plans will need to be developed over a relatively short window between when all of the scholar applications are received and the final scholar awards need to be announced to allow enough time for visas and additional fundraising. We may therefore need to ask for the 8 hours commitment to review applications, pick your adoption(s) and create a training plan to be within a limited period like the first week of march. 

· Outside Support: Any resources you can tap into.

· Location: Assumed to be your home/office

· Possibly help individual with organization and development of their conference presentation

· Deadline: December 10

EXAMPLE

Scholar Program Design for: Matti Ngembula
Advocate: Mike Johnson, Nature Conservancy Boulder office
Summary description of need: Matti is working on developing a conservation plan for wildlife
protection in Malawi, focussing on water birds. He has good GIS skills but very poor data. He
wants to learn about decision support systems and cartographic design skills to best communicate
with lay public

Summary description of program: class in TNC decision support software, 1-day workshop with TNC
cartographers, Conference meeting with ESRI cartographers, field trip to bird sanctuary to talk to GIS cologist,5 day course at ESRI Denver in spatial analysis, 5 day course in advanced conservation GIS at James
Reserve.

Summary Schedule:
Day 1-2 days orientation in Boulder and meet TNC staff
Day 3-5 3 days of TNC Software training in decision support system
Weekend 1: Field trip to platte river bird sanctuary to meet with Dorn Moore for and afternoon
tour of their GIS lab.
Day 8-15: 5 day training class in spatial analysis at ESRI Denver, advocate will provide transport.
Weekend 2: Travel to Redlands
Week 3: 5 day training class in advanced conservation GIS at James Reserve

Logistics and specifics
Transport: Airport pickups to be done by Advocate. Airport pickups in Redlands to be done by
colleague at University of Redlands. Departure pickup to be done by Sasha.
Housing: At my home weeks 1-2, James Reserve week 3, Conference week 4

Costs: Will feed for week 1, for food for week 2, $150, for James week: $200, for UC $500 Total cost $850

 

4. Internship/Work-study Provider:

· What: Offer an extended opportunity for a scholar to gain hands on conservation GIS experience.

§ Ideally, both parties would benefit as the scholar would gain hands on experience related to the work they want to do and the Provider would help build capacity in a particular location where they are currently working or are trying to establish a sustainable program over-seas.

§ Provide housing and either food or cost of living stipend for the scholar for the duration of their visit.

· Time requirement: Ideally 3-4 weeks. But can be variable depending on the structure/length of the internship.

· Time Frame: Starting after the ESRI Conference.

· Outside Support: ?????

· Location: Assumed to be your organization where you work.

· Deadline: December 15 along with the “Resource” group.

 

 

 

 

Any questions?; please feel free to contact any of us at:

US Scgis'ers East of the Mississippi: Eric Sandoval: eric at mpwmd.dst.ca dot us, or Mark van Bakel; mvanbakel at gmail dot com

US Scgis'ers West of the Mississippi: John Shaeffer: john at junipergis dot com or Karen Beardsley, kbeardsley at ucdavis dot edu

Scgis'ers outside the USA; Charles Convis, ecp2 at esri dot com, or Sasha Yumakaev, syumakaev at esri dot com

Global: Mike Engels, engels at savingcranes dot org or Charles Convis, ecp2 at esri dot com

HALL OF HEROES:(Those who have signed up so far!)

RESOURCERS:

CONFERENCE TEAM:

ADVOCATERS:

INTERNSHIPS:

Program Outline/Call for Helpers

Who to contact with questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Letter from Charles Convis

 



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