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LA County GIS Viewer Upgrade #2 – Charting!

Adding the Median Income Chart

Adding the Median Income Chart

I posted yesterday about a major speed enhancement just released with the upgrade of Geocortex Essentials that was completed last week – Googly Search.

Here is another big addition that we are leveraging – CHARTS!

A few years ago the ESRI flex viewer had some pretty cool chart widgets – I have been working with Latitude Geographics (click to go to their site) to add this major enhancement – which combines the power of maps with the data aggregation of charts.

I anticipate a LOT of use within County applications of this feature to provide visualizations of client populations, historical information, and trends.  Can’t wait to see it in action.

If you want to play with it, follow the instructions below:

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LA County GIS Viewer Upgrade #1 – Googly Search!

Googly Search

Googly Search

Have you ever wanted the searches in our GIS applications to be more “Googly” – where as you type you get suggestions on the rest of the entry?  I have dreamt about this.  With the recent upgrade of our GIS Viewers to the newest versions of Essentials from Latitude Geographics (click here to read that post) – we now have the same capabilities!

The new “Instant Search Capabilities” have been hooked into the GIS Viewer (click here to open).  Basically an index is built against a number of layers, and as you type, those indexes are searched, and respond in less than a second, rather than running full queries against the database.

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Slides from the State GIO Visit

GIO_UpdateWanted to pass along the slides from Scott Gregory’s presentation – thanks again to him for coming down, and the great presentation!

CA State GIO – Update April 2014 (pdf file)

Mapping Bike and Run paths

stravaThis is really cool, and definitely BIG Data:

Thanks to SoCalGIS for posting


CalGIS Recape #3 – live imagery is coming

MapBox did a pretty cool demonstration of something that is likely coming in the somewhat near future – Live mapping – in this case from a satellite company called SkyBox (click here for their site) – they have a shot from the Port of LA/Long Beach which is pretty amazing.

SoCalGIS did a post on this too.

Check out the moving vehicles and airplane in the video below.

CalGIS Recap #2 – Open Data is coming!

detroit_open_dataAs another in a recap from the CalGIS conference, one of my other takeaways was that toolsets for Open Data are coming thick and fast.  Michal Migurski from Code for America (click to see their website) gave a great talk about how this is changing governmental paradigms, and shared some great links.

I knew about:

Jack Dangermond, in the closing, mentioned that ESRI is also getting into the mix:


The momentum for open data is pretty impressive – I hope to share what the County ends up doing in the next few months!

Pictures from the Regional GIS Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting yesterday where Scott Gregory, CA State GIO, presented.  Afterwards we had a unique opportunity to have a demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – aka drones – in the DPW Courtyard.

Here are some pictures from yesterday’s event:

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Map showing environmental hazards by Census Tract released by the EPA

enviroscreenSaw this article in the LA Times (click here for the article) and followed it to a map showing environmental hazards by Census Tract.  Definitely ArcGIS Online, but a good use of the tool!

Here is a link to the map

CalEPA announced the site on its website (click to access the website and the map viewer)


LA County GIS Viewer Upgrade – April 26, 2014

This in an important announcement regarding a number of GIS applications maintained by the County of Los Angeles.

On Saturday, April 26th, 2014, the Enterprise GIS Group will be upgrading all of the Geocortex GIS Viewers to the newest version.  Geocortex Essentials 4 is a major new release of this software, and forms the foundation for the next generation of web-enabled GIS technologies.  To learn more details, click here to read the Latitude Press release.

What will you see on Monday? 

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Open event – Los Angeles Regional GIS Meeting


Next week we will be having a special meeting, open to anyone in Southern California, where we will have a special guest – Scott Gregory, CA State GIO, and what promises to be an interesting demonstration of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) from the Aerospace Corporation.

This is an opportunity for GIS staff, students, practitioners, to hear the plans of the State GIO regarding his goals for advancing GIS statewide, and to provide input and goals for local agencies and staff aligned with that vision.

I highly recommend that you attend if you have even a little bit of free time.  Pass along to your colleagues as well!

After the event, we will have a networking social (non-hosted) organized by Geospatial LA at 38 degrees alehouse and grill nearby.