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GIS positions implementation approval before the Board On 15 April

Recommendation: Approve the introduction of an ordinance to add one non-represented classification, change the title of one non-represented classification, and reclassify 140 positions to implement results of the Countywide Geographic Information Systems study in the Departments of the Assessor, Chief Executive Officer, Children and Family Services, Fire, Health Services, Internal Services, Public Health, Public Works, Regional Planning, and Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. (Relates to Agenda No. 47) (14-1658)

 Also contains the new positions as recommended for individuals (not by name) as per the survey.

calstatelbPassing this along:

There is still time to apply to the California State University Long Beach MS in Geographic Information Science (CSULB MSGISci). The MSGISci is a 1-year 30-unit program geared toward working professionals.

Click here for more information http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/email/GIS.html and/or visit www.beachgis.com.

Please contact the MSGISci Program Coordinator  Ms. Beth Moody CCPE-GIS@csulb.edu and/or the MSGISci Program Director Dr. Suzanne Wechsler (Suzanne.wechsler@csulb.edu) with any questions. 

FOSS4G 2014 Registration Opens

FOSS4G International ConferenceToday, registration opens for the annual international FOSS4G conference (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial).

Organized by OSGeo, this year’s event returns to North America via Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. and takes place September 8-13.

To learn more about the workshops, presentations, social events, and the people who make it happen, visit FOSS4G 2014. If you have an interest in open source GIS but don’t plan to make the 1,000 mile trek to Oregon, plenty of information is available online. The FOSS4G 2013 site will provide a rough idea of what was done last year, and some of those presentations can be found on YouTube.

TileMill and Mapbox

TileMill is a free and open source desktop application that runs on Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu. As the name suggests, TileMill produces a set of cached image tiles, while Mapbox provides a means to host your cache online, using Open Street Map as a base.

A few weeks ago, I tried out the free plan and used TileMill to create this map from our City Boundary shape file. (This map might not render if you are using an older browser. I had better luck with Chrome.)

On the positive, you can make a lean, quick, online map that is both PC and mobile phone friendly. On the negative, the free plan’s limited space caused me to run out of tiles at larger scales; at least some of the paid plans seemed reasonable.

If you are attending CalGIS 2014 and you’d like to know more about TileMill, Eric Gundersen, CEO of MapBox, will be one of this year’s featured speakers.

Choosing a mobile development Strategy

ESRI wrote a very nice article about the various technology decisions when selecting a mobile development strategy.  It isn’t GIS centric nor esri centric, so I highly recommend it.

Choosing a mobile development strategy introduces many parameters: a team’s development skillset, the application’s required functionality, and the ease of maintenance, just to name a few.  Compared to desktop technology, mobile technology is still in its embryonic stage and rapidly evolving.   This post examines three models of mobile application types: Web, Hybrid and Native.

Finish reading:

The Los Angeles that was never built

transit_plan.jpeg__800x0_q85_cropOf course I like the maps showing the possible green spaces – take a look!

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/los-angeles-was-never-built-180950092/?no-ist

Washington slide shows the value of quality mapping

slideChecking out this link passed along by SoCalGIS: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023215066_mudslidemondayxml.html, and the maps in the article, highlighted, for me, the value of good GIS data.

Having a “before” picture provided by GIS, along with streets, parcels, building outlines, and other critical information, along with LIDAR data, makes the maps show the massive scale of this slide more than all of the articles I have read about it.

Take a look.

 

Reminder to register for CalGIS 2014

Register or get left out!

CalGIS 2014 is only 3 weeks away!  CalGIS is the premier California focused GIS conference, and this year it is in Monterey (doesn’t get much better than that!))  The ESRI conference can get overwhelming, and focused specifically on one technology, while CalGIS has a very nice, small feel, with great sessions, and a great place to interact and meet GIS professionals from around the State.

Go to the CalGIS 2014 website

If you haven’t registered, do so right away!!!  CGIA members get a $25 discount too!

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

Looks awesome on a full screen, though not 4″ like our LARIAC.

http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/gigapan

eGIS Committee Meeting – Agenda for March 2014

I have attached the agenda for tomorrow’s eGIS Committee meeting.  Download the March Agenda

In addition to general updates on CAMS, LARIAC, etc, Christine Lam from the eGIS group will discuss the new features and capabilities of the version 4 release of Geocortex Essentials.