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Open Source GIS 101, Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) “was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use”.

Not all open source projects are the same. Some applications are more powerful, user-friendly, and better developed than others. To gain the OSGeo’s stamp of approval, expert volunteers at OSGeo put open source GIS projects through a series of tests. Software source code is inspected for quality and open source licensing compliance. The strength and size of the communities surrounding these projects are also evaluated.

The OSGeo’s home site lists OSGeo projects for desktop applications, web mapping, geospatial libraries, etc., while projects that are not quite fully developed are listed as ‘Incubating Projects’. The site also includes helpful information for people wanting to learn more about open source GIS, including book lists, upcoming news and events, local chapters, and blogs.

OSGeo also sponsors the international FOSS4G conferences (Free Open Source Software for Geospatial), hosted each year in a different country. In 2014, FOSS4G comes back to the United States.

Next, Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS? (Final Overview of the Series)

Planning Technician – City of Burbank

The City of Burbank has an opening for a Planning Technician, which will include working with GIS, maps, plans, charts, and reports for the Planning Department. $3,509.96 – $4,838.54 monthly. Position closes 1/24/2014. For more information, click here.

GIS Class at LA County DPW

DPW, in partnership with Rio Hondo College, is offering a GIS Class at their HQ.  This is a good opportunity to learn GIS (especially for County staff).  Slots will fill up fast!

GIS Class GIS Class Flyer

Happy New Year!

newyearI hope everyone had a very good 2013 – it was a very good year in the County, with a number of great events, new sites, and changes all helping to improve the value of geospatial technologies here in the County.

Some highlights, and I know I’m missing a lot of them!

GIS Day 2014

  • GIS Day, in November, came back to the Hall, where it all began: See pictures



A number of new web sites were launched this year

Looking forward to a great 2014!


Southern California Geocortex User Group MEeting

Passing this along.

Southern California Geocortex User Group Meeting

Hosted by LA County Department of Public Works

LA County Department of Public Works is hosting the next Southern California Geocortex User Group meeting. Set aside a few hours and join fellow Geocortex users, administrators, and partners for interactive discussions and presentations. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
Location: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Alhambra Room
900 South Fremont Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
Cost: Free

Confirm Your Attendance

Registration is not required, but your response would be appreciated for planning purposes. Please confirm your attendance. by Monday, January 6th

Geocortex Essentials 4


For the majority of 2013, Latitude Geographics has been gearing up to launch this new, major release of our popular Geocortex Essentials software. Geocortex Essentials 4 will ship in January 2014 alongside the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 2.0 and the Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight 2.0.

Our decision to increment the major version (from 3.X to 4.X) is not just the result of dozens of powerful new features, but the inclusion of several fundamentally new ways of doing things. For example, search and security have been completely redesigned to offer new capabilities and flexibility never before possible.

Alongside Geocortex Essentials 4, Latitude Geographics is also announcing the availability of new product extensions such as the Cityworks Extension for Geocortex Essentials.

Geocortex Essentials 4 will be reviewed and demonstrated in detail at this Geocortex User Group meeting… don’t miss it, see you there!

Kind regards,

James Van Dyk
Latitude Geographics Group Ltd.
Head Office: 200-1117 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1T7
Tel: (250) 381-8130 | Fax: (250) 381-8132 | jvandyk@latitudegeo.com

Developers of Geocortex web-based mapping software | www.geocortex.com
An Esri Platinum Business Partner

Latitude Geographics Group Ltd. | 200 – 1117 Wharf Street, Victoria BC, Canada V8W 1T7 | +1 (250) 381-8130

Copyright © 2013 Latitude Geographics Group Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Is Your Roof Ready?


Make your building stand out!

LARIAC4 is underway!  Planes are in the area and aerial imagery is going to be captured from now through March/April 2014.  Make your building standout!

We did a few posts regarding this from our last flyover in early 2011…they are still relevant.

Click here for my post from Dec 2010.

Click here from a post regarding QR codes on rooftops (I like company logos and big text myself).

Oh…and Happy New Year!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (and he uses GIS)

It’s December 24th, and Santa Claus is coming to town. Also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa”, this legendary, folkloric figure has many different cultural traditions around the world.

This interactive Santa Map created by ESRI depicts 30 variations of Santa across four continents, including the “Yule Lads” in Iceland, the Dutch “Sinterklaas” who traditionally rides a white horse, and “Father Christmas” in the United Kingdom who takes a goat if the white horse isn’t available.

It’s 2013, therefore I’m betting Santa is tech savvy and uses a GIS to make all of those stops. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Santas Around the World

Mapping the 7 deadly sins

Thanks to Tim Smith for passing this along:


Countywide Services Locator version 3 released

sl version3It’s finally here! the Countywide Services Locator now is embeddable.

Here is the home site (updated to Google API version 3): http://maps.lacounty.gov

Here is the embeddable version: http://maps.lacounty.gov/SL_Body.aspx


There are three different parameters that you can pass to either of these two sites.

  1. address_string – this is where you pass the address that you want to show.
  2. Cat1 – where you select the primary category (the tab) that you want to show
  3. Cat2 – you can open the specified category2 (the relevant cat1 tab will also open

As an example, I want to find all of the Safe Havens near zip code 91208.

I can embed this with the following parameters: http://maps.lacounty.gov/SL_Body.aspx?address_string=91208&cat2=Safe+Havens

Here is an example

Or you can pass the same parameters to the main site using a box on your end (like the lacounty.gov box): http://maps.lacounty.gov/?address_string=91208&cat2=Safe+Havens

Here are more detailed instructions, and an example of embedding

Can I download the data?

Yes – the data is managed by the Countywide Location Management System which contains a broad array of information – beyond even what is shown in the Services Locator.  To download, go to the LA County Data Portal.

December eGIS Meeting Agenda

Please find the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting attached here: December 2013.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

We will discuss the status of LARIAC, the results from GIS Day (GIS Day 2013 Survey Results), and have a presentation about GISP from some County staff.

As well, I definitely recommend reading the NY Times article that Vijay posted last week – it makes a very interesting read, especially the section about Google maps vs. Open Street Map, to me which leaves me wondering a bit about how we coordinate proprietary and open maps, along with the work that we do (how it might get into both maps, and perhaps what is the long term role of our own work).

See you tomorrow!