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Summer School: Spatio-temporal data analyses using free and open source software held at the University of Basilicata in Matera, Italy from the 6-10 June 2016

The questionnaire below will help us to set a better course syllabus.

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Programming knowledge level

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 1M161) Do you know any programming or scripting language? >

No Yes but very basic level Yes


<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 2M161) What is your level of Linux Bash programming ? >

Never used I know very basic commands I can write simple scripts I am a very experienced user (1)


1 I can execute bash scripts or combine several languages using bash or use xargs or other methods for multicore processing.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 3M161) What is your level of Python programming ? >

Never used I can write simple scripts (1) I am a very experienced user (2) I use python for web development applications


1 I can use for loop and if condition in python.
2 I can work with matrix and do complex math operation, or use numpy scipy.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 4M161) What is your knowledge of R language & environment for statistical computing and graphics >

Never used Only graphical user interface I can write basic scripts (1) I can write complex scripts (2)

</doodle> 1 I can write basic R scripts using if condition and for loop.
2 I am familiar with rgdal or raster libraries, or write my own functions and use libraries for parallel processing.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 5M161) What is your level of AWK programming ? >

Never used Basic knowledge (1) I am an experienced user (2)


1 I just use print $1 and some if conditions in AWK.
2 I use AWK for loops , indexing and associative array.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 6M161) What is your knowledge of GRASS GIS >

Never used Only graphical user interface I can write basic scripts (1) I can write complex scripts (2)


1 I can write basic scripts combining the different GRASS commands.
2 I write complex scripts, build Location/Mapset on the fly, set GRASS variable for batch processing using python or bash.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 7M161) What is your knowledge of GDAL/OGR >

Never used Only graphical user interface (Qgis) I can write basic scripts (1) I am an experienced user (2)


1 I can use GDAL/OGR commands.
2 I combine GDAL/OGR in scripting routines using BASH or Python or R.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 8M161) What is your knowledge of PKTOOLS >

Never used Only graphical user interface (Qgis) I can write basic scripts (1) I am an experienced user (2)


1 I can use PKTOOLS commands.
2 I combine PKTOOLS in scripting routines using BASH or Python or R.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 9M161) What is your knowledge in GeoCoding in HPC? >

Never used Used Amazon cloud or Microsoft Azure I use multicore processing (1) I use computer cluster (2)


1 Example: I can split R, GRASS or GDAL scripting in multicore or use bash xargs on my laptop or desktop.
2 I am familiar with the use of ssh sessions and batch-queuing system such as SGE or Slurm.

<doodle MATERA1_2016 | 10M161) Do you have experience in one or more of the following software (if yes select it)?>

ArcGis ERDAS ENVI ERMapper IDL Matlab AutoCad SPSS

Please post comments/suggestions or what you would like to achieve with this course. Remember to write your name in the “real-name box” in order to show who wrote the post.

Questionnaire Discussion Forum

Carolina Collaro, 2016/04/01 17:31

Hi, firstly I am happy to learn from professors of my mother tongue, even if the course will be in English, of course. I foresee to better understand with questions and sharing ideas also after the hours of the course. At the University of Bayreuth, where actually I am following a Master in Global Change Ecology, it is imperative to use R and remote sensing image processing. So, for my thesis, I would like to improve my quantity and quality of learning in this field. I hope to make a thesis with a lot of data sharing and so I really need to understand R and QGIS to analyse Landsat and Modis images, as an example. In the future, I wish to follow research in this so beautiful field. Yours sincerely, Carolina Collaro

Silvia Franceschi, 2016/04/06 07:27

The program of the course is very interesting and I would be happy to improve my knowledge in programming and scripting. I am very interested in Python and R.

Best regards


Bravedo Mwaanga, 2016/04/06 21:26

Hi, I will be very happy to join the interesting and challenging world of spatial data analysis. I am studying an MSc Global Change ecology at University of Bayreuth, during this time I have acquired valuable insights on ecological and environmental issues covering both biophysical and social aspects. The issues patterning to how biophysical and social aspects interact and the feedback loops between them are thereof significant interest to me. The analysis of such interactions and understanding feedback loops lie within the methods which this summer school addresses. I am very interested in R, ArcGIS, ENVI and other open source software and approaches for analysis of ecological data.

Yanlong Wang, 2016/04/20 21:07

I am interested in spatial data analysis, although I am not familiar with the area. I hope I can do relative research based on the knowledge learning from the summer school.

Best regards

Yanlong Wang

Muyang Lu, 2016/04/22 06:08

I am going to join the Jetz Lab for my PhD study this summer, and eager to getting started in processing geo-reference data and conducting spatial analysis. My master's projects involves some rudiments of spatial analysis in which I only dealt with a handful of polygon data with R. I look forward to using this training opportunity as a starting point for my future research, wherein I can address more conservation/biodiversity questions.

Nicholas Triozzi, 2016/05/05 15:25

I'm a geography graduate student at Hunter College, CUNY in New York City specializing in GIS. I am currently employed by the American Museum of Natural History where I manage all things geospatial for the North American Archaeology Lab. My GIS software of choice is ArcGIS but I have some experience with QGIS. I have built web mapping applications and frequently publish WMS and WFS to an organizational account with ArcGIS Online so that our team can work better with collaborators. During fieldwork I routinely use a total station, handheld GPS/GNSS devices, and I have experience operating Phantom Vision 3 Drone. I have used imagery collected by drone to render DEMs and enhance maps of archaeology excavations. I also generate 3D models with photogrammetry and CT scanning.

I hope to learn about different tools available for GIS processes and access and manipulate data using scripts. I find limitations in ArcGIS and I'd like to explore how writing custom code can enhance analysis potential. At work I have access to an astronomical amount of data just waiting to be interpreted geospatially. Immediately following the second week course I am off to Sicily to work with an archaeology team to map out an excavation area and render 3D representations of it. I have convinced them to rent a drone for this purpose. I hope to use the skills picked up in this course to better the quality of work in Sicily.

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