January 2015
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CGIA call for GIS content

Passing this along – if you have any related documents I think it makes sense to share.

As part of its mission of providing best practice examples for GIS professional in the state, the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) is developing a document repository which will serve as a resource for GIS professionals and managers.

The goal of this repository is to enable GIS staff to use industry-wide best practices for extending the value, integration, and funding for GIS within their organizations.

In short – this repository will keep you from having to re-invent the wheel by leveraging the work that has already been done.

We are asking for any documents that you have developed or used within your organization, along these broad categories:

Please email any links, documents, or related items to chair@cgia.org

Fifth Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

The summit is a one-day event hosted by University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute. Discuss emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications with industry leaders and GIS faculty and students.

Date & Location: February 27, 2015, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles

The collaborating academic programs for the 2015 summit are: California State University, Channel Islands; California State University, Long Beach; California State University Northridge; Claremont Graduate University; Loyola Marymount University; Rio Hondo Community College; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Redlands.

Benefits for students:

  • Learn about emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications
  • Present papers and posters
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the day
  • Talk with company representatives at the closing Industry Fair

Benefits for industry professionals:

  • Learn what industry leaders are thinking about emerging geospatial trends
  • Create greater awareness for your company by sharing materials at the Industry Fair
  • Network with other LA-based geospatial professionals
  • Influence what academic programs are teaching and meet

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and reception)
Students: $40
CGIA Members: $55
Professionals: $65

Qualifies for GISP credit!

There will be an Industry Fair and networking opportunity from 4:30-6:00pm. If you would like to have a booth, please contact msalido@usc.edu

To register for the Summit, click here!

Detailed Program

Have you seen this ad for a bike with Google Maps?

As opposed to the recently announced death of Google Maps Engine, Google Maps really is humming along …

I’ve seen a couple of ads now for the Pro-Form Tour de France stationary bike – I wondered when something like this would come out where the you don’t need to actually go anywhere in order to go somewhere :).

This video is for the older model – the newer one has streetview as you ride.  Amazing!

Introduction to GIS – seats available

riohondoWarren Roberts at Rio Hondo College emailed me to pass along that there are a few seats remaining in his Introduction to GIS course (GIS 120) – this course starts February 2nd – so if you are looking to learn about GIS this is a good place to start.

Google discontinues Maps Engine – I guess ESRI’s ArcGIS Online won

Mike Carson over at SoCalGIS passed along this information about Google ending support for Google Maps Engine.  This is interesting, since I saw GME as Google’s attempt to compete with ESRI in the WebGIS (as opposed to Web Mapping) space.  I had a number of Google representatives sell GME as the way to store our data and use it for building applications – which really was competition to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online.

However – having played with it a few times, it never had the real capabilities that were needed – it wasn’t much better than Google fusion tables, and all applications needed to be built from scratch.

Google just didn’t really understand the space – now folks like MapBox and CartoDB are more in the picture..


San Francisco’s public Defection Map

An interesting use of Open Data (can’t wait for LA County’s Open Data Portal to go live in the next few months).  I know our Public Health department tracks the same things.

Here’s the source article.


GIS Internship at the City of Santa Monica

Justin Mank from the City of Santa Monica passed this internship opportunity along (click here for the link).

Note that the actual opportunity does not specify a GIS internship, but it is …  Candidates with GIS experience will be assisting in the updates of Public Works GIS databases and providing general GIS project support.

$15.37 per hour.

Business locations, map errors, address errors – interesting article

I ran across this blog post – for those of you who deal with addresses and maps the deep dive into various address issues is interesting …



eGIS Committee Agenda – January 2015

Please find the agenda attached here: eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – January 2015

We will be discussing LARIAC and CAMS status, also discussing the next steps of the GIS classifications (we anticipate results of the exams coming in the next few days with interviews starting at the end of the month), as well as getting a demonstration of the DPSS SARA project and a discussion of Data update procedures and the current GIS Data List for LA County (click here to download the current list – LA County Enterprise GIS Data – 201501).

P.S. – we’ll also be holding our drawing for a couple of ESRI virtual campus gift certificates for those who volunteered at GIS day.

See you there!

Undergrad Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Passing this along from URISA.

If you are an undergraduate geospatial student, enrolled in the Spring 2015 Semester, and like making movies, There is a competition that offers a great opportunity to showcase your talents. In addition to highlighting your cartographic and analytic use of geospatial technology, your video will demonstrate your communication and presentation skills.

For more details, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/geospatialcompetition/.