ESRI has published a how-to guide on building web maps showing Sheriff Crime data with ArcGIS Online: read the post here
The reason this post hit me was not so much for the fact that it uses LA County data, which is great, or the fact that our Sheriff department shares this data (which is even better – kudos to Wendy Harn!!!) – but that it shows the value of making our data open, updated, and easy to find! This increases access to developers, who can make the data more visible to citizens, improving their understanding about what goes on around them, and potentially improving their lives.
What sparked this “epiphany” was this little banner on the top:
As of April 30th (8 days after the post):
Well – 372 folks doesn’t seem like much, until you realize that means that this has been shared with ALL of their friends and followers – so we may be talking about thousands of other people. Each one of them can backtrack to both the ESRI post, as well as the LA County GIS Data Portal. So they may end up using the instructions to create their own maps and applications, learning both about GIS, crime, and analysis, but maybe finding other data that they have interest in, and can work with.
Maybe one of them will build an application like crimemapping.com that does some neat analysis (supported by the Sheriff and other police departments), combined with other data that we have, to do some neat work.
Congratulations to Nancy Milholland on her application: San Francisco Public Art
Nancy is a student at USC, and this application has made it into the top 5 of the Robert Raskin Mapping Mashup Competition
Members of the LA Regional GIS Forum are getting together to begin building something like this across the jurisdictions in the County. I am looking forward to the results!
This is pretty cool – I thought I would share this visualization of Block-group level electricity usage in LA DWP territory.
Unfortunately is it only DWP territory, but it is a great start. I would love to add this the LA County Solar Map
Check it out!: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/posts/map/
Thanks to Michael Carson of Burbank and SocalGIS.org (I highly recommend signing up) for this great article about using LIDAR to spot code violations:
The article mentions pilot projects in Los Angeles – I wonder what they might be …
Women In India Use Smartphones To Map Perverts In Real Time
The Los Angeles County Enterprise GIS Steering Committee has completed an updated Strategic Plan that will guide the implementation and direction of GIS across the County for the next three years. I would like to thank all of the efforts of the strategic planning committee in helping create this framework document.
We have kept this document focused on the strategies, goals and objectives, so it is not verbose, instead it is focused on supporting ongoing work in as minimal an amount of words as possible – therefore it is only about 15 pages.
Click the link below to view the .pdf file.
The attached poster is a critical document for understanding my (and LA County’s strategy) for managing and deploying GIS across our enterprise. As a visual representation it is easier to understand than reams of paper and a strategic plan.
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