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Short courses are offered as an addition to conference registration:

**Short course numbers and abstracts were last updated on 04/16/12.

Sunday, April 22 (Half-Day) 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

102. Introductory Geodatabases: Instructor - Steve Marsh, Mid-America Regional Council
This course introduces basic elements of a geodatabase, its structure, the storage options, and the attributes and spatial validation rules. Participants will explore the geodatabase structure and properties in ArcCatalog and ArcMap, as well as techniques to convert existing data into a geodatabase. This course is intended for those familiar with ArcGIS 10, those considering migrating to or just getting started with the Geodatabase data model.
(Intermediate, Lab)

103. Cartography: Instructor - Shannon White, Missouri Geospatial Extension - University of Missouri
Crafting a strong message is the essence of cartography. What are you trying to say with your map? Presenting problems and solutions through geographic data and analysis can pose a number of challenges for the GIS professional. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to cartographic fundamentals: representing data through colors, symbols, text, labeling and annotations; creating layouts with an introduction to design and best practices; and sharing your print and web mapping products to achieve your cartographic goals.
(Beginner, Lab)

104. Crowdsourcing - CANCELED: Instructor - Aaron Addison, Washington University - St. Louis
Crowdsourcing is the process of gathering data through an informal, possibly social process by non-experts. Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is typically crowdsourced through smartphone or web applications. VGI can build datasets never before possible, but best practices should be understood to prevent bad data and assumptions to get through.
(Beginner, Class)

105. Introductory Geoprocessing with Python (repeated as 405): Instructor - Eric Foster, MoDOT
Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language, installed by default with all versions of ArcGIS. Python's elegant syntax, its interpreted nature, and its myriad of freely available modules make it an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development in geoprocessing. This introductory class does not attempt to be comprehensive and cover every feature, or even every commonly used feature. Instead, it introduces many of Python's key features and modules that make it a valuable tool in a GIS environment. As an introductory class, it assumes no knowledge of any other programming languages. After participating in this introduction, you will be able to read and write useful Python scripts and programs and you will be ready to learn more. Course materials will include a list of resources for those interested in future pursuit of Pythonistic knowledge. You will also walk away with several scripts, provided as demonstration and those written in class, to help automate some repetitive tasks in geoprocessing.
(Intermediate, Lab)

106. Open Source GIS: Instructor - Mike Pumphrey, OpenGeo
Workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of open source GIS solutions. Students will learn how to deploy a spatially enabled database for attribute storage, create an interactive web mapping site with free software and examine free GIS analysis tools. Additional topics will include the pitfalls of open source, where to turn to for technical help, and more. Come join us for a hands-on look at free geospatial software.
(Beginner, Lab)

107. US National Grid: Instructor - Talbot Brooks, Delta State University
The U.S. National Grid, endorsed by FEMA and the U.S. military, is an easy to use reference system for identifying and finding locations nation-wide. The use of USNG enables responders from across jurisdictions and agencies to speak the same language for location information. During this workshop, students will learn the fundamental concepts of the US National Grid (USNG) and the importance it holds in responding to local and multi-jurisdictional incidents. Participants will also learn how to read USNG coordinates and locate them on a map, participate in an outdoor USNG navigation course, see how to include USNG in map book development in ArcMap, and be introduced to tools that are available to assist with the use of USNG. Students will participate in a critical incident exercise where they will perform various tasks using the skills obtained in this course. This course is meant to introduce staff to the grid before there is a need to use it in your County or agency.
(Beginner, Class)

Monday, April 23 (Half-Day) 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

201. Flex Web Mapping API - CANCELED:

202. GIS Analysis: Applications from A to Z: Instructor - Tim Haithcoat, University of Missouri
This hands-on 1/2 day lab will provide exposure to several of the myriad analyses and applications that can be done using GIS. Many people by now are familiar with the concepts of GIS and mapping, but their experience may be limited to a few areas specific to their profession. The intent of this course is to survey the wider range of applications to which GIS can be put. The 'tour' will include both raster-based and vector-based analysis and include watershed modeling, network analysis of roads and streams, siting analysis, spatial interpolation, geocoding, and viewshed analysis. Finally, we will briefly demonstrate newer geospatial applications for conflation, human geography analysis, and human movement models being explored at the University of Missouri's Geographic Resources Center.
(Beginner, Lab)

203. Intermediate Geoprocessing with Python: Instructor - Leonard Barnhill, GBA
A continuation of the Introductory Geoprocessing with Python course (number 105), students will develop geoprocessing scripts in Python of increasing complexity.
(Advanced, Lab)

204. ArcGIS Online: Instructor - Tim Hensley, Esri
ArcGIS Online allows an organization to extend its GIS beyond its traditional reach. This short course will examine what anyone can do to find and use data in ArcGIS Online, build and share maps with others, and incorporate ArcGIS Online into your organization's GIS workflow. Readily available Esri web solutions will also be highlighted.
(Beginner, Lab)

205. Introductory GPS and Mobile GIS: Instructor - David Shaver, USGS
This course will give attendees a basic introduction to the use of mobile Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Field data collection, Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking over imagery with a laptop or tablet PC, and the integration of digital camera imagery with GPS position and track data will be covered in this course. Researchers, county appraisers, law enforcement officers, first responders, and other governmental officials are encouraged to attend. No previous experience with GIS or GPS data collection is required, although familiarity with the data collection requirements or methods used by the participants' agency or organization is recommended. Attendees are encouraged to bring their iPhone, IPads, or Droid devices to the class.
(Intermediate, Class)

206. Introductory ModelBuilder: Instructor - Bill Winston, Washington University - St. Louis
Esri ModelBuilder (MB) provides a visual programming environment for combining data and tools to automate tasks or create custom scripts. This course will introduce MB processing with hands-on exercises demonstrating the creation of models ranging from simple to complex. You will learn how to quickly and effectively develop models that help you become more productive ArcGIS users. We will also introduce some of the new capabilities available at ArcGIS for Desktop 10 including model only tools and iterators.
(Intermediate, Lab)

207. Silverlight Web Mapping API - CANCELED:

Monday, April 23 (Half-Day) 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

301. Advanced Geoprocessing with Python: Instructor - Chad Cooper, CAST - University of Arkansas
Python is a language capable of tackling anything from small tasks to large complex projects. This 4 hour hands-on course will focus on advanced Python and geoprocessing functionalities such as creating custom functions, procedural and object-oriented programming, working with geometries, effective error handling and logging, and code documentation. This course will cover geoprocessing with ArcGIS 10.0 utilizing the arcpy package; other 3rd party Python packages will be discussed. Students interested in taking this course MUST have previous experience writing Python scripts from scratch and should be very comfortable working at the Windows command line.
(Expert, Lab)

302. Advanced ModelBuilder - CANCELED:

303. ArcGIS 10 Refresher Course (repeated as 303): Instructor - Shannon White, University of Missouri-Extension
Your organization made the switch from ArcGIS 9 to 10, and you've had plenty of time to master all the new features, right? If not, this course will reintroduce the key changes to be aware of in the newest version of ArcGIS. Topics include improvements in data searching and browsing, map book creation, spatial analysis, imagery, collaboration, mobile GIS, development, and more.
(Beginner, Class)

304. Cloud GIS: Instructor - Michael Schonlau - Douglas County, Nebraska
Cloud computing (or hosted infrastructure) is rapidly becoming a viable platform for GIS organizations of all types. The flexibility, reliability, and performance of web-hosted infrastructure can provide a legitimate alternative for hosting and publishing GIS data, applications, and services. Attend this course to learn more about the differences between cloud infrastructure and local infrastructure, advantages and disadvantages, cost estimating, and tips and tricks. This course will focus primarily on cloud services from Amazon Web Services and GIS software from Esri.
(Intermediate, Lab)

305. Introductory LiDAR: Instructor - Rachel Opitz, University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST)
This course will begin with an overview of the technical basics of airborne LiDAR, followed by a series of discussions and exercises using a LiDAR dataset from Missouri. The industry-standard binary LAS file format will be examined for return number, classification and intensity data and how these can be used for various applications. The exercises will also take you through the steps of using LAS files as mass points to produce digital surface and bare earth elevation models as even-spaced grids or triangulated irregular networks (TINs). Slope, aspect, hillshade relief and contour files will be derived from elevation models, and 3-D applications such as cross-section profiles and cut-and-fill estimating will be shown. Accuracies of the models, given the LiDAR specifications, and improving accuracies with breaklines will be included in the discussion.
(Intermediate, Lab)

306. Remote Sensing and Mapping A to Z - CANCELED: Instructor - Mike Houts & Kevin Dobbs, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS)
Many people by now are familiar with the concepts of Remote Sensing and mapping, but their experience may be limited to a few areas specific to their profession. The intent of this course is to survey the wide range of applications to which Remote Sensing can be put.
(Intermediate, Lab)

307. Using Census 2010 Data: Instructor - Phyllis Poche, University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Learn what data are available from the U.S. Census Bureau and how you can access it. This short course is a combination lecture with hands-on exercises that will provide you with the skills to download demographic and economic data to be utilized in spatial analysis.
(Intermediate, Class)

308. JavaScript API for ArcServer: Instructor - Eric Herbert & Chris Nelsen, Sarpy County, NE

This course will be an introduction to the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, you can create custom web applications intended to fit the need of your audience. The class will include an overview of the API, exploration of available resources, and hands-on exercises. Attendees do not need to have any previous application development experience. (Intermediate, Lab)

Thursday, April 26 (Half-Day) 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

401. Advanced Geodatabases: Instructor - Steve Marsh, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
This course will explore the advanced capabilities of the geodatabase data model, highlighting the concepts of spatial and attribute validation. Topics also covered will be relationship classes and options for storing annotation. Participants will get hands-on experience creating subtypes and domains and creating and editing a geodatabase's topology. This hands-on-short course is intended for those with ArcGIS 10 experience and general familiarity with the geodatabase data model.
(Advanced, Lab)

402. Advanced LiDAR: Instructor - Rachel Opitz, University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST)
This course is a continuation of Introductory LiDAR (number 305). The workshop will cover managing data files through tiling, compression, new data objects, and assessing and delivering the format needs of your user community.
(Advanced, Lab)

403. Emergency Response using GPS and Mobile GIS Workflows: Instructor - Jessica Frye and Nicholas Graf, Kansas Adjutant General's Department

This workshop explores the different avenues of mobile GIS technologies available to support emergency response and recovery. Attendees will explore the avenues avialable to get the most benefit from mapping grade GPS units, GPS cameras, iPad/iPhone apps, and ArcGIS Online. The workshop will guide attendees through the entire process from concept to delivery. Attendees should have experience and familiarity with ArcGIS 10, ArcGIS Online and Geodatabase.
(Advanced, Lab)

404. Learn How to Use a new Generation of USGS Maps - CANCELED: Instructor - Shelley Silch, USGS
US Topo is the next generation of digital topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey. Arranged in the traditional 7.5-minute quadrangle format, digital US Topo maps are designed to look and feel like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known. At the same time, US Topo maps provide modern technical advantages that support wider and faster public distribution and enable basic, on-screen geographic analysis for all users. US Topo maps are available free on the Web. Each map quadrangle is constructed in GeoPDF® format from key layers of geographic data – orthoimagery, roads, geographic names, contours and hydrographic features - found in The National Map, which is a nationwide collection of integrated data from local, State, Federal, and other sources. US Topo users can turn geographic data layers on and off as needed; zoom in and out to highlight specific features or see a broader context; and print the maps, in their entirety or in customized sections, on a wide variety of printing devices. Additional analytical tools are available free for download. File size for each digital 7.5-minute quadrangle is about 15- 20 megabytes.
(Intermediate, Class)

405. Introductory Geoprocessing with Python (repeated as 105): Instructor - Eric Foster, MoDOT and Leonard Barnhill, GBA
Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language, installed by default with all versions of ArcGIS. Python's elegant syntax, its interpreted nature, and its myriad of freely available modules make it an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development in geoprocessing. This introductory class does not attempt to be comprehensive and cover every feature, or even every commonly used feature. Instead, it introduces many of Python's key features and modules that make it a valuable tool in a GIS environment. As an introductory class, it assumes no knowledge of any other programming languages. After participating in this introduction, you will be able to read and write useful Python scripts and programs and you will be ready to learn more. Course materials will include a list of resources for those interested in future pursuit of Pythonistic knowledge. You will also walk away with several scripts, provided as demonstration and those written in class, to help automate some repetitive tasks in geoprocessing.
(Intermediate, Lab)

406. Next Generation E911: Instructor - Brian Maydwell, City of Columbia/Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications
Next generation 911 (NG911) will be able to do many things:


At the heart of many of these advancements will be the need for a robust GIS, allowing emergency telecommunicators to obtain the most critical information needed in processing 911 calls, the exact location of the incident.
(Intermediate, Class)

407. Utility and Public Works using GPS and Mobile GIS Workflows: Instructor - Jay Reister, Seiler Instruments
This workshop will cover the essentials of GPS data maintenance for Utility and Public Works GIS applications. An existing GIS data set will be updated in the field using GPS. Participants will navigate to features, update attributes, and log new positions. Topics will include: Working with background data, navigation, data updates, and seamless data flow between GPS and GIS. This presentation assumes the participants have already experienced a simple GPS data collection project. Esri's ArcPad will be used. Equipment will be provided for a hands-on experience.
(Intermediate, Lab)