ESRI has developed a nice application for the iOS/Droid platform that will enable users to access GIS and mapping capabilities. There are a few nice features like measurement, turning things on and off, querying, and things like that.
Creating and deploying these maps should be easy, but they are not! The County has ArcGIS Server, and can manage its own information internally, so in order to provide security and to rapidly deploy our information, we (after many attempts) figured out how to deploy our maps and applications from our servers into the iOS Applications.
This assumes that you have ArcGIS Server and the ability to upload and manage the services, either yourself or through an administrator:
Publishing Mobile Maps for ESRI’s ArcGIS for iOS and Droid – 20120823 (pdf file)
I want to thank Martha Selig from Regional Planning for doing the initial investigation and walking me through this the first time.
Here are a couple of existing applications:
Google Maps Videos
I thought this was interesting to view – Google allows the public to make updates to its maps. Especially in countries that weren’t previously mapped in rich detail, watching the map go from nothing to a rich cartographic base is neat to watch.
One of the more interesting videos is the one of Pyongyang North Korea – I wonder who is doing that update???
Here are a couple of good examples of using maps and GIS to support the current hurricane threatening the Gulf Coast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everyone there …
A major hassle with upgrading to a new computer or a new version of ESRI desktop software is that you need to recreate your connections to your databases (generally manually). For LA County, we recently migrated to a new database with a large increase in connections, which meant that a lot of folks needed to do a lot of manual entry.
However, that isn’t the case! You can back them up or copy them to the new computer or version with two simple steps!!!
For larger organizations, this also means that you can create a single set of connection strings and email them to your staff so they can implement them. They wouldn’t even know the password!!
Connection files in Windows
These instructions are for Windows 7 – they may vary slightly for older versions of Windows.
Step 1: Find your current string locations
- Navigate to your existing AppData Folder – for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 you would find it here:
- C:\Users\<your login ID>\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcCatalog
- You should see a lot of files there – copy them to a location that you know or back them up.
Step 2: Copy to the new location
- Navigate to your new AppData Folder – for ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 you would find it here:
- C:\Users\<your login ID>\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.1\ArcCatalog
- Paste all of the connection string files into this folder.
Step 3: Open ArcCatalog
You will see all of your connections
The County of San Luis Obispo Assessor’s Office is currently recruiting for a Cadastral Mapping Systems Supervisor. If you’re interested in this position please use the following link for more information: http://www.jobaps.com/SLO/sup/b0812PM-00675-01.asp?View=
Additional questions can be directed to Lauri Shiffrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-781-5642.
This is an excellent opportunity to work for a fantastic County on the lovely Central Coast of California.
The agenda for tomorrow’s LA County eGIS Steering Committee is attached here: August – 2012_0821.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda (pdf file)
We’ll be discussing GIS Day (see http://gis.lacounty.gov/gisday)
Important!! Our GIS Directives are in final draft form. Upon approval by the committee, we will be submitting to the CIO Council for adoption
Please review and bring any comments. There are some changes to the GIS Infrastructure document that I will discuss.
We also released a new set of city boundaries and updated our cached maps. Thanks to DPW for that: (see the announcement here: City and county Boundary Changes
You are invited to join us for Los Angeles County’s 5th annual GIS Day! Please share this invitation with all of your colleagues and friends!
Click here to download the “Save the Date Flyer”: GIS DAY 2012 SAVE THE DATE FLYER (pdf file)
This year’s event is titled GIS – The Power of Location. The event is designed for County residents, government employees, and students to:
- Show how county and city governments use GIS to make better decisions;
- learn about opportunities for studying GIS at local colleges;
- and discover how this technology is affecting our daily lives.
GIS Day will showcase more than 30 agencies, and include lectures, demonstrations, a map gallery, games, and activities focused on showing what we are doing with GIS.
Continue reading LA County GIS Day 2012 – Save the DATE!!!
Passing a new job along:
New Job – GIS Web Developer
Continue reading New Job – GIS Web Developer
I got this from a vendor and wanted to pass along…
VoyagerGIS is small software startup that is combining modern, high-speed, high-accuracy and resource-efficient web search technologies with geospatial data and maps.We are looking for a passionate individual who can help us create value for our customers by working in a testing, quality assurance, documentation and technical support role.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the software design, development and release processes as well as becoming part of the glue that keeps a small, agile software company successful.
The ideal candidate should be tired of traditional instruction-following work; work where you’re told exactly what to do.We’re looking for a creative person who can invent, lead, connect with others, make things happen and create order out of chaos. As a team we are geographically distributed (Los Angeles / San Francisco / New York) and have 9-to-5 office job a long time ago.You’ll need to be comfortable exchanging information digitally and attending occasional meetings – in person and virtually.Our company is growing quickly, so this role offers plenty of opportunity to advance.
Did you know that after World War Two, close to 100,00 buildings were being built per year? Makes our recent “real estate boom” a bit smaller (although most of the recent building didn’t happen in LA County).
Take a look at the two graphs.
I was going through my hard drive and came across a couple of charts that I made a couple of years ago as soon as we received the Building outlines for the County of Los Angeles. By geographically tying each building to the parcel and then looking at the earliest Year-Built code in the parcel file (since that actually refers to a building it makes sense) I was able to assign a year built to each building in the County. At that point I was able to summarize the counts for each year and come up with a chart.
Next steps. What I would really love to do is to make a video (like the ones I made about foreclosures) and show the growth of LA County building by building – but I haven’t been able to find a computer big enough to process the datasets