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.  #maptimeDavis Workshops meet on Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 in via Zoom.
  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.

Please send questions to Michele Tobias -

#maptimeDavis Workshop Schedule

Workshops and Studio meetings meet Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Zoom connection details are in the link for each event.

Registration is required to get the link for the event.


This is our schedule as of Sept. 23, 2021. Event descriptions and registration links should be available by Monday, Sept. 27th.

Date Topic Speaker
10/5/2021 Accessing cloud-hosted NetCDF with Python via Zarr, turbocharged with ReferenceFileSystem


Lucas Sterzinger
10/12/2021 Is my research mappable? Intro to map-making & GIS for researchers


Michele Tobias
10/19/2021 Interactive maps in R shiny


Taylor Nelsen
10/26/2021 Getting started with ArcGIS Online


Karen Beardsley
11/2/2021 ArcGIS Field Maps


Miriam Schmidts
11/9/2021 Introduction to PostGIS with Crunchy Data


Steve Pousty
11/16/2021 Introduction to Desktop GIS with QGIS


Michele Tobias


#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:

  • Sadia Gul, Energy Graduate Group
  • Alex Mandel, Development Seed
  • Karen Beardsley, Global Affairs
  • Matthew Conner, UC Davis Library
  • Naomi Kalman, Consultant
  • Mina Rezaei, Geography Graduate Group
  • Michele Tobias, UC Davis DataLab

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