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If it's November, it's GIS Day

This month we are celebrating GIS Day on November 17. Our event is scheduled to be featured on the GIS Day website . During our meeting, Melissa Albino-Hegeman, who is  the Marine Fisheries Data Manager at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Marine Resources, will share her experience in designing GIS tools. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Connection details will be shared on the day of the event.

October Online Meeting

Last month we discussed a project that made use of LiDAR data collected in order to map potential vernal pools in the North-East of the US, courtesy of North-Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative . This month,  the NY/NJ chapter will celebrate World Space Week (even if a few days late) with  a conversation around this year's theme, "Satellites Improve Life”.   There will be a 5-10 minute presentation, then we will discuss the advances in environmental science and conservation that were made thanks to satellite technologies, and about the growing need for specialists in the satellite data processing field. Everyone whose research benefited from satellite-collected data or who is interested in incorporating these data in future projects is welcome to weigh in. If you are interested in presenting at our upcoming online meetings, please use  this form . The online meeting link will be posted on the day of the event.

August Meeting

 Our chapter continues its monthly meetings with the August edition, which is scheduled on Tuesday, August 11, as usual at 17:30. We plan to have a presentation at each meeting. This month, Alec Ayers, PhD, one of the newest members of our chapter, will present his thesis, which is based on the use of remote sensing for tracking prey-predator interactions. Connection details are available on our Meetup event page .

Online Meetings

We have moved our meetings online since last month. On April 14, we held a Google Meet on the subject of GIS freelancing, to which sixteen people participated, most of them SCGIS members from outside our chapter. We had a great time sharing our experience as freelancers. All our resources and links were gathered in a Google Doc that was made available to the participants. We are holding this month's meeting on May 12 from 5:30 PM . We will be focusing on the topics of online learning and mapping projects of current interest. Participants are free to add any other relevant topic.

Why You Should Start Learning to Code TODAY

Originally published here I am writing this article for the members of the  Society for Conservation GIS NY/NJ Chapter  who are at the beginning of their careers, but all those who want to add coding skills to their resumes can benefit from reading it. I have been an advocate for STEAM education my entire life. Coming from a family of educators, and being a nerdy kid, it was not exactly hard to be convinced of its enormous value early. Most recently, I have been extremely worried to observe how a lack of education is undermining democracy itself. I am talking about STEAM education, not just STEM. Meaning that the Arts should always be part of the package. They are much more important for modern civilization than you might think. More important than science? Just as important, and equally important to physical education, in my opinion. I will detail this on another occasion. I am not only an advocate of STEAM education. I am an advocate of life-long learning. And one of the skills y

Coding in Conservation GIS

The theme of our March meeting is CODING IN GIS. Are you a GIS developer or are you planning to become one? What are the scripting languages that are most useful in a GIS career? Are you more interested in GIS development or in GIS analysis? Are they necessarily divergent? How is coding helpful in conservation projects? Please feel free to share links to your favorite-tools-of-the-trade and online learning platform courses here in the comments.

February 11 Meeting

SCGIS NY/NJ made new friends and gained a few new members at our December and January meetings. We had some interesting conversations about GIS careers. A few of us are in need of mentorship and are weighing the advantage of internships - the importance of choosing them wisely. Others are excited by the increasing availability of remote work in this field. An important topic was the importance of being a paying member of professional organizations. SCGIS has proved particularly auspicious in this regard for a few of us hired as satellite imagery experts for National Geographic Society , an opportunity provided through SCGIS . During the last meeting, the conversation converged on the subject of project portfolios. We had the idea of having a theme for every meeting, and this one seemed opportune for the February  edition. How many of us have GIS portofolios or are currently working on them? How many of us need portfolio ideas, reviews, critiques, collaborators? How many of us need per