California Community and Regional Mapping Lab

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California Community and Regional Mapping Lab

152 Hunt Hall, UC DavisMapping Lab

The California Community and Regional Mapping Lab was established in 2009 with funding from the Agricultural Experiment Station Hatch Act, the California Endowment, and the California Council for the Humanities. It is currently used by the Center for Regional Change GIS and research staff, by Center affiliates and their graduate students for GIS projects, and for scanning, plotting maps and holding meetings. Your questions and requests can be directed to Teri Greenfield, CRC Director of Informatics, at tgreenfield at ucdavis.edu.

Resources

  • A shared file server.
  • Four computer workstations set up for geospatial and social-spatial analysis with ArcGIS 10 and SPSS 20 software installed.
  • State-of-the-art large document plotter/printer for producing high quality maps and posters.
  • A large document scanner.
  • Mobile equipment that can be reserved and/or checked out. Includes 7 Juno ST handheld GIS data collection receivers, GPS–enabled and standard digital cameras, Flip video cameras, digital voice recorder, transcription equipment. The Ted Bradshaw Community Resource library of books and journals related to regional change.
  • A growing repository of regional shape files, available by request.
  • Completed maps, reports, shape files and other resources are continually being added to our mapping website.
  • The lab also encourages group discussion and collaboration with a meeting area, equipped with a projector, screen and white board.

Instructions for Users of the Mapping Lab

Door Codes

For security reasons, there is a code-activated keypad on the door of 152 Hunt Hall.  This code will be changed on a quarterly basis.  Professors and other affiliates may obtain longer term door codes. Please do not share the door code.

Using the Scanner and Plotter

If you need assistance with the scanner contact Teri Greenfield.  Please allow 3-5 days for scheduling. The scanner starts to scan when it reads information, so it will not retain the original margins. If it sets up as 1” for margins to scan a map with 4" margins, the scanned file will have 1" margins. Please bring a USB drive to transfer the files. Tracing paper or other types of thin/transparent paper could be scanned. But such papers are very likely to get wrinkled and scanned files are usually not very clear. If your paper contains materials that will harm the scanner, it cannot be scanned.

Poster Printing

Posters can only be printed at one workstation.  You will need to contact Teri Greenfield if you need to print posters.  Please allow 3-5 days for scheduling. We have paper available in 24", 32", 36" and 42" width. We have high gloss paper in some sizes. We can only print out standard paper sizes (including ANSI, American, Architectural, ISO, JIS, and super sizes). The specific dimensions can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size#Architectural_sizes. Common file formats include JPEG, TIFF, PPT and PDF.

Using the Workstations

To use the lab computers, users must request access from Teri Greenfield. When your account has been updated you will receive a confirming email with login information. Users may not store data on the workstation C: drive; these drives will be cleared on a regular basis.  Users are encouraged to bring personal data drives (flash drives) to store their data and work.  Center collaborators may store their data on the Center’s server, up to a maximum of 6 gigabytes.

Mobile Device Check Out

If you would like to check out equipment, contact Teri Greenfield. In general mobile devices can be borrowed by PIs.  PIs are asked to provide a charging code in case the device is damaged or lost during use. With PI's authorization, their post-doc fellows and graduate students can pick up and return the devices. We currently have the following equipment available for check out: Flip cameras, digital SLR cameras, projector, Juno ST handheld Trimble, a voice recorder.

Lab Courtesy

In order for the lab to continue to be made available, it is essential that considerations be made by users to keep everything running smoothly.

Please keep the windows closed. The room is climate controlled. It is a waste of resources to open the windows. In addition, it can provide an entrance to the building after hours.

The thermostat should not be manipulated. The room is intentionally kept at a temperature appropriate for the computers and other equipment.

The last user to leave the lab should ensure that the blinds are closed and all the lights are turned off. Computers may be left on, but you should log off.

The scanner should be turned off by the last person to use it, or the last to leave the lab.

The last user of the lab should also confirm that the door is closed and latched.

Please leave the lab in better condition than you found it. Dispose of trash and recycling in the appropriate receptacles, take all of your belongings with you, and replace furniture where it belongs.