IGIS Expands Online Office Hours and R Consultations

Mar 30, 2020

Got the Coronavirus blues? Stuck at home staring at that stubborn dataset that's been on the back-burner for a year or more?

The IGIS Team is pleased to announce an exciting expansion to our Online Office Hours. In addition to quadrupling our time slots, we are also introducing dedicated Office Hour appointments for consultations in the statistical programming language R. We are also lengthening the time slots from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

IGIS's Online Office Hours are one of ANR's best kept secrets. Since 2018, the IGIS team has availed itself for free online consultations to all ANR employees in a range of technical and data analysis topics including:

  • using GIS for research, needs assessment, communication, planning, evaluation, etc.
  • where to find spatial data
  • how to go from a question to a GIS analysis
  • software recommendations
  • ArcGIS questions and workflows
  • WebGIS and Story Maps
  • tools for mobile data collection
  • how to store & share spatial data
  • working with climate data from Cal-Adapt
  • spatial stats
  • data analysis with R
  • R Shiny
  • ENVI
  • drone equipment, regulations and best practices
  • analyzing drone data with Pix4D
  • MS Access
  • Google Apps
  • proposal consultations

Who does what, you might ask? Sean Hogan is guru in all things related to drones and remote sensing. Shane Feirer and Robert Johnson are professional GIS developers and programmers, have deep expertise in the ESRI suite of GIS tools, and work with Python and Django on a daily basis. Andy Lyons is highly experienced in R, and has a background in GIS and remote sensing. Director Maggi Kelly has supervised hundreds of student projects and has a commanding view of the entire geospatial sciences. Lyons and Feirer also have strong backgrounds in MS Access, data modeling, advanced Google Apps, and are working together on a project to make climate data from Cal-Adapt easier to access and work with. While we certainly can't answer every question, we enjoy discussing all things related to GIS and informatics, and can probably point you in the right direction.

General Office Hours (all topics) are offered Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-4. R consultations Office Hours are available Monday and Tuesday from 4-5. To sign up for a 30-minute slot, please go the sign-up page. The Zoom link will be sent to you in the confirmation email.

Hope to see you in Office Hours!


By Andy Lyons
Author - Program Coordinator
By Shane Feirer
Contributor - Geographic Information Systems - Supervisor II
By Sean Hogan
Contributor - IGIS Academic Coordinator II
By Robert Johnson
Contributor - GIS Programmer
By Maggi Kelly
Contributor - Director, Statewide IGIS Program, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist