Sunday, June 17, 2018

PYPTUG Monthly meeting: Wrangling Geospatial Data


Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (June 26th 2018) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also a tool that no expert would do without.

The meeting will start with a back to basics introduction.

Then on to the main talk:

"ArcPy: Wrangling Geospatial Data with Python"

by Laura Tateosian


ArcPy, the Python interface for ArcGIS Desktop/ArcGIS Pro, allows you to work with geographic datasets and invoke the powerful tools that have been developed by ESRI for analyzing and visualizing geospatial. This talk will provide an overview of the functionality exposed by the ArcPy API and demonstrate how these functionalities can be invoked.  Python can be used to invoke any of the built-in tools for processing geospatial data (e.g., finding buffer zones to identify streams near proposed highways, intersecting geospatial data layers to find overlap of historical habitat and urban sprawl, calculating changes in landscapes with raster algebra, and so forth).  Attendees will learn how to interpret the ArcPy help documentation  and how Python can be used to call geoprocessing tools, to programmatically manage proprietary GIS data formats (list and describe the data), read and modify proprietary data formats such as shapefiles with arcpy, work with ArcGIS map documents, generate custom ArcGIS GUIs. 


Laura G. Tateosian is a professor at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University where she leads an active research program in geovisualization and recently authored a textbook on Python for ArcGIS. Her lab works with geoparsing, eye trackers, and open source web mapping and visualization tools to investigate plant disease spread and human trafficking and to develop innovative digital reading environments. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Towson University, her M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, and her Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University. She teaches Python Geospatial Programming and Geovisualization in the Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. and the Master’s in Geospatial Information Science and Technology.  She has traveled extensively and likes to body surf.

Lightning talks!

We will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.


Tuesday, June 26th 2018
Meeting starts at 6:00PM


Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:
Manchester Hall
room: Manchester 241
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."

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