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NACIS student mapping competitions

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) offers two student mapping competitions at their annual conference each year:

All students enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate, or graduate program who have not already won top prize are eligible to enter. The deadline to submit to the Student Dynamic Mapping Competition or register for the Student Map and Poster Competition is September 13, 2013. The annual conference will be held in Greenville, SC from October 9-11 this year.

Apr 17, 2013 | Categories: News & Updates | bquigley

More ways to find USGS topopgraphic maps online

In addition to the USGS Map Locator, there are now two more ways to find current US Topo and historic USGS topographic maps online.

US Topo and Historical Topographic Map Collection:

Screenshot of US Topo and HIstorical Topographic Map search interface

Text search by map name. If you know the quad name for your area of interest, you can search for all current and historical editions of that map at all scales.


Screenshot of TopoView map search interface

Geographic search by location. You can find all historical topographic maps for any U.S. location at all scales.

Apr 12, 2013 | Categories: News & Updates, How To:, Web resources | bquigley

Spring Break Hours for the Earth Sciences and Map Library

The Earth Sciences and Map Library will be open 9am-5pm Monday, March 25-Thursday, March 28. The library will be closed Friday, March 29 for Cesar Chavez Day.

Regular semester hours, Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm, and Friday 9am-5pm, will resume on Monday, April 1.

Please remember that the Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the library does. This means no checkouts or returns after 4:45pm Monday-Thursday during Spring Break.

Mar 22, 2013 | Categories: Hours | bquigley

DataUp Workshop with Carly Strasser


Do you use Microsoft® Excel to record, store, or analyze your data? DataUp is a free, open-source tool that integrates with Excel to help you:

  • follow data management best practices to insure your data are well-formatted and -organized
  • describe your data in a standard format for archiving and discovery
  • assign a permanent identifier so that your data can be cited
  • upload your data to a repository for archiving and sharing

Carly Strasser, Data Curation Project Manager for the UC Curation Center (UC3) of the California Digital Library, has been working on the development of DataUp since the project's inception. She will be presenting a hands-on workshop on DataUp's features, use, and future plans:

Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Place: Bioscience & Natural Resources Library training room (2189 VLSB)

We hope to see you there.

This post originally appeared on the Science & Engineering Libraries News blog.

Feb 27, 2013 | Categories: Events | bquigley

Open access journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

A new open access journal in the earth and environmental sciences, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, was recently announced and will begin accepting submissions in April 2013. The journal will publish research on "the Earth?s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change." It will be organized into six knowledge domains:

  • atmospheric science
  • earth and environmental science
  • ecology
  • ocean science
  • sustainable engineering
  • sustainability sciences

Fees charged to UCB faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students for publishing in this open access journal may be eligible for reimbursement through the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII).

Feb 22, 2013 | Categories: News & Updates | bquigley

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