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Chrome 51 change impacting Portal for ArcGIS 10.3 through 10.4.1 and ArcGIS Online

Just received this note from ESRI – we will be monitoring this, but please let us know if there are any issues, especially with some of the javascript based applications that we deploy.

Google started pushing out Chrome 51 earlier today including a change that breaks many apps built on the ArcGIS API for Javascript v3.8 – 3.16 including most notably the “home app” in ArcGIS Online and all Portal for ArcGIS version from 10.3 through 10.4.1

While we are working directly with Google to see if the change in question can be reverted before Chrome 51 is too widely distributed, we are also preparing patches for all affected products and apps.

Because most Chrome users auto-update this has the potential to have far-reaching and immediate consequences.


See every day of World War 2 in one Timelaps

Thanks to Thierno Diallo for passing this along – pretty interesting – especially if you are a WWII historian.

The Whole World






GIS Position – City of Whittier – Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)

Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst) – City of Whittier, CA (Salary: $5,449- $7,082/mo., plus excellent benefits package). Under general direction, coordinates and implements the activities and operations involved in developing, enhancing and maintaining the content, accessibility, integrity, and security of the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) within the City’s computer local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN) systems; works with user departments and/or interdepartmental project teams to identify, develop, implement and maintain new and existing database support systems with special emphasis on GIS.  Participates in development of an enterprise-wide data imaging and warehousing system; performs a variety of complex technical duties in the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of LAN/WAN systems and peripherals; provides system support for a variety of communications and telecommunications equipment; performs computer programming as needed; performs other related duties as required.  Supports Information Technology/Records Manager and staff in consulting with user departments to provide Information Technology services and telephony.

A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in information technology, computer programming, and experience in LAN/WAN management and in GIS-related technologies and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, computer science, or a closely related field.

This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time.  Apply online at as soon as possible.  EOE

eGIS Committee Agenda for May 2016

At noted at the last meeting, agendas are now internal only, and posted on the County’s GIS Hub site:

County employees should log in to the site with the same username and password they use to log into the internet.

GIS Position – City of Long Beach – GIS Project Manager

The City of Long Beach Technology & Innovation (TI) Department has an immediate opening for a permanent, full-time classified Business Systems Specialist VI position (GIS Project Manager) within the Business Information Systems Bureau.

The GIS Project Manager for the City of Long Beach is a critical position responsible for developing, operating and managing the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cityworks Work Order Systems.

Link to the Civil Service Posting

What happened to Google Maps

downloadThanks to Mike Carson and for passing this along – one of the better cartography notes that I have seen about balancing features vs. labels.  I highly recommend reading this if you make maps, or even if you use Google Maps!

LA County Park Needs Assessment Published

Opark_needsn Tuesday, May 3rd,  the Board of Supervisors received and filed the Park Needs Assessment Executive Summary and discussed the draft language for a proposed park funding measure.  This was a very GIS-intensive process, resulting in a large series of maps that profiled park needs across the County.  Each Study Area was profiled, and a report created that contains a base map, park metrics, map of where parks are most needed, amenity quantities and conditions, park need framework, project cost estimates, and submitted project reporting forms.

It is a ground-breaking method for engaging the community and communicating highly complex analyses in a straightforward and open manner.


The Board directed Department of Parks and Recreation Regional Park and Open Space District staff to return to the Board on Tuesday, June 21st for further discussion and possible vote on the potential park funding measure. In an effort to continue to get the word out and inform the public on the outcome of the Park Needs Assessment Report and the draft ballot language, we are partnering with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to conduct 11 regional public meetings throughout the County this month that will cover these two items.

You will find the final park Needs Assessment Report at

Maps for various areas are available at the bottom of the page.

City of Santa Monica GIS position

This position closes this Friday (May 20th) at 5pm!

The City of Santa Monica has an opening for an hourly GIS Analyst. This position is within the Information Systems Department and budgeted for up to 960 hours per year at $45.46 / hour. Minimum requirements include at least three years of experience in designing, implementing and maintaining GIS data and applications and graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or Geography, including course work in GIS.

Here’s a link to the job.

Annual GIS certification survey

In order to track the acceptance and adoption of GIS certifications within the GIS industry, a 5 minute survey is being used to track this.

So for anyone that is a GIS User, manages those that do GIS or is involved in the hiring or placement of GIS staff, please take 5 minutes or so to complete this survey

Here is the link to the survey –

The results of the survey will be presented at URISA’s GIS Pro conference in Toronto Canada and other conferences as well. Please feel free to forward this to anyone that you believe would be interested or able to respond.


10 tips for cartography

canvaHello everyone,

I was pointed to a nice blog post about some tips for making beautiful maps, and wanted to share the link with everyone.  I like how it brings the design aspect of cartography and graphics into the picture.  Especially with our map gallery at ESRI coming up, I thought this was good timing!