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Nominations Open for 2017 CGIA GIS Awards

CGIA annually recognizes outstanding achievements in GIS within California through its awards program.Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at a social event at the ESRI User Conference July 10, 2017, San Diego, California.

Nominations for the 2017 Annual CGIA Awards are now open for these categories.

  • Student Project or Paper  : Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2017 ESRI User Conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the CalGIS conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than July 31, 2017).
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  •  Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  •  Outstanding Internet Application Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  •  Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

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Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2017

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 is Coming!

The CalGIS LocationCon 2017 conference is rapidly approaching. Register before April 23 to qualify for early bird rates before registration prices increase – click here for more information about registration.  It’s in Oakland California, May 22-24, 2017.

The room block at the Marriott is filling up. Reserve your room today at the discounted conference rate. Any rooms not booked in the room block by April 23 will be released back to the Marriott. Reserve your room before April 23: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49044166/owner/17821/home

Thank you to our current sponsors!

SILVER: CAD Masters and Esri

BRONZE: Azavea, CycloMedia, GIS Inc, Harris Geospatial Solutions, Hexagon Geospatial, Infogroup, Michael Baker International, Open Spatial, Psomas, Quantum Spatial, and Vestra Resources Inc.

NON-PROFIT/EDUCATIONAL/GOVERNMENT:  California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) and San Francisco State University Institute for Geographic Information Science


Some additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information – click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland May 22-24. For all conference details – click here.

Job Posting – Software Engineer IV (GIS Developer) at County of Santa Clara

Software Engineer IV (GIS Developer) at County of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Information Services Department GIS group is seeking an experienced Software Engineer focused on GIS.
Salary: $99,862.88 – $121,020.64 Annually
Closing: 4/11/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: San Jose Metropolitan Area, CA
Job Type: Full-Time

To apply, please click here.
Please make sure to click “Questions” tab and answer all the questions.

SoCalGIS meeting this Friday

Just a reminder that our SoCalGIS meeting will be this Friday, April 7th, from 10am to 12:30pm at Rio Hondo College in Whittier.  You will learn more about GIS at Rio Hondo College and expect a drone demo and demo of data processing tools!

Please register for the meeting here: https://goo.gl/WrNY0c

Parking is free in Lot A nearest to the footbridge crossing to the Career Technology building.  Directions will be emailed to you as well as the agenda and parking pass.  Make sure you register!

Here is a map of the campus.  Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA, 90601.

Any questions, contact Warren Roberts.

Free Topographic Maps of the United States

Passing this along:

The redesigned AnyPlaceAmerica.com offers free topographic maps of most major points of interest in the United State.. Users can search points of interest by name or geo-location and we have significantly improved the images and maps available.

SCAG Story Map Student Challenge

Calling all students! The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently accepting abstracts for a student showcase at our annual Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 4 and 5 in Palm Desert. SCAG is looking for outstanding student work in two categories: sustainability planning posters and Esri StoryMaps using SCAG data.

They are providing a Story Maps training session on April 7, 2017 also.

For complete information, click here.


Python for Street Network

Thanks to Lillian Coral of LA City for passing this interesting set of tools along:

OSMnx is a Python package for downloading administrative boundary shapes and street networks from OpenStreetMap. It allows you to easily construct, project, visualize, and analyze complex street networks in Python with NetworkX. You can get a city’s or neighborhood’s walking, driving, or biking network with a single line of Python code. Then you can simply visualize cul-de-sacs or one-way streets, plot shortest-path routes, or calculate stats like intersection density, average node connectivity, or betweenness centrality. You can download/cite the paper here.

In a single line of code, OSMnx lets you download, construct, and visualize the street network for, say, Modena Italy:

importosmnx as ox
ox.plot_graph(ox.graph_from_place('Modena, Italy'))


Full information here

Esri Developer Summit 2017 On Video

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Last week, Esri hosted its 12th Annual International Developer Summit in Palm Springs.

For those who missed the event, the Plenary Sessions are now available online, which may provide some insights to where the company is going. In a nutshell, this event is for those who create maps and apps, presented by those who create maps and apps.

Maps and Charts for Valentine’s Day (from Geoawesomeness)

From our friends at Geoawesomeness (is that a place?  sounds cool!  it’s a blog, actually)

Top 14 maps and charts that explain Valentine’s Day

Here’s the link:  http://geoawesomeness.com/top-14-maps-charts-explain-valentines-day/

The Undiscovered Country

If you are a regular user of PostGIS, you probably already know that Paul Ramsey is its most well known champion. In a keynote he gave at Geomatiqué 2016 in Montreal, he provided some insights on where GIS is evolving.

He explained how GIS tends to lag about five years behind most other technologies. Concepts like Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning are not all that new. What drives technological change is not the breakthroughs as much as the mass accessibility to those breakthroughs.

Yes, he borrowed the title of his presentation from Star Trek VI, but if you take the time to go through his well remarked slides, you might really enjoy his insights into how our GIS infrastructure is changing. You’ll see the often recurring quote,

“First it becomes possible, then it becomes so cheap that anyone can do it… and that’s where it gets interesting.”