Spatial Sciences

"Participatory Mapping with Field Papers" #maptimeDavis Workshop on March 10, 2020

The Spatial Sciences Research & Learning Cluster is a community for people (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, post docs, staff, etc.) at UC Davis and our immediate community with an interest in working with spatial data. Participation is open to everyone, at any skill level. The Spatial Sciences Research & Learning Cluster is a welcoming and supportive community. Our goal is to help people engage in new and creative ways with spatial data and to connect with other students and researchers who also work with spatial data.

This research and learning cluster focuses on engaging with spatial data through our workshop series called #maptimeDavis. These are instructor-lead formal workshops teaching a specific skills. These workshops typically (but not always) require participants to bring a laptop computer with software installed pertaining to the topic of the workshop. If a particular software is needed for a workshop, we'll let you know what you need before hand if you register.

How to participate:

  1. Attend events.  See below for the current #maptimeDavis Workshop Schedule.
  2. Help at a workshop. Making workshops run smoothly is a team effort. We often need folks to help answer questions, relay communications to the presenter, or help participants who get stuck.
  3. Present a workshop. You don't need to be an expert to teach well.
  4. Join #maptimeDavis Council, the group of people who organize each quarter's events.

Please send questions to Michele Tobias -

#maptimeDavis Workshop Schedule

Workshops meet Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Zoom connection details are sent to registrants by our registration system. Registration is required to get the link for the event.


This is our schedule as of December 1, 2022. Registration links will be added below as they become available. Events (and their corresponding registration links) can also be found on DataLab's Events Calendar.

Date Topic Speaker
5/2/2023 Building Web Maps with Leaflet - registration link Naomi Kalman
5/16/2023 Intro to GIS with QGIS - registration link Michele Tobias
5/23/2023 Get Started with Drones in Scientific Research - registration link Clancy McConnell

T-Shirts & Swag

T-shirts and other #maptimeDavis branded items are available at cost (no markup) from Redbubble. Available logos include black, white, gray, and rainbow.

#maptimeDavis Council

In the summer of 2021, the Spatial Sciences Research & Learning Cluster recruited community members to help advise and produce our #maptimeDavis workshop series.  We assembled a team with a variety of skills and interests including students, staff, and faculty. This year's #maptimeDavis Council members are:

  • Alex Mandel, Development Seed
  • Matthew Conner, UC Davis Library
  • Naomi Kalman, Consultant
  • Michele Tobias, UC Davis DataLab
  • Veronica Herrera, Geography Graduate Group

We thank the past council members for all of their work!

  • Sadia Gul, Energy Graduate Group (2021-2022)
  • Mina Rezaei, Geography Graduate Group (2021-2022)
  • Karen Beardsley, UC Davis Global Affairs (2021-2023)
  • Emma Forester, Geography Graduate Group (2022-2023)

We are always looking for volunteers to join our efforts! If you are interested in joining #maptimeDavis Council, please email Michele Tobias -

Call for Applications for #maptimeDavis Council

If you’ve ever attended a #maptimeDavis event, you’ve probably had some ideas for speakers or a new initiative you could try.  Maybe you’ve just wanted to get more involved but weren’t sure how. #maptimeDavis is a product of our community, so we want your help!

UC Davis DataLab’s Spatial Sciences Research & Learning Cluster invites you to apply to participate in #maptimeDavis Council, an advisory panel for their activities, including the #maptimeDavis Workshop Series.

The #maptimeDavis Council is responsible for representing the #maptimeDavis community, identifying learning needs in the community, recruiting and hosting potential speakers, and otherwise helping us grow and maintain the community. Appointments to the #maptimeDavis Council will be for one year (July 2023 - June 2024). The minimum time commitment includes one planning meeting per month (at most 2 hours) and attending workshops whenever possible (typically 5 or 6 per quarter). Last year, workshops were scheduled on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 PM. Applications to join this council will be assessed by the current members of #maptimeDavis Council.

Why join #maptimeDavis Council? This is a great opportunity to network with people both on and off campus. You’ll also shape the direction of #maptimeDavis and help it work better for our community. The #maptime concept is known world-wide, so this is a good addition to the service section of your CV.

Do you need technical skills? You do not need any particular technical skill set to be successful on #maptimeDavis Council. We’re looking for people to help with a variety of tasks, including working behind the scenes at workshops (attendance taking, handling registration, advertising), finding speakers, and devising ways to understand what the community needs. Each member contributes in their own way.

To apply, please fill out the application. Answers should be succinct and be no more than 5 sentences for each prompt. The deadline to apply is May 19th (Friday of 7th Week).  Please send questions to Michele Tobias - - or any of the current #maptimeDavis Council members listed on the Spatial Sciences Research & Learning Cluster page. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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#MapTimeDavis Archive

The table below is an automatically generated list of all of the DataLab calendar items for #maptimeDavis events.

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