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Rio Hondo College – New semester for GIS classes start August 26th

Passing along this information from Warren Roberts:


Hope you are well!  Can you share with your GIS Enterprise followers regarding the new semester starting August 26th.

  • Introduction to GIS MW 3:55PM to 6:50PM
  • Introduction to GIS Fridays 9AM – 11:50am (introduction and open lab) and remaining online
  • Cartography GIS221 MW 7:15PM – 9:50PM
  • Environmental GIS GIS230 TTh 7:00PM – 9:30PM

I bulleted directions for registering here http://riohondo.isteaching.com/join-us/

Tutorial: Search for a parcel on the Mobile GIS Viewer

Here is a quick tutorial on how to search for a parcel on the Mobile GIS Viewer at http://egis3.lacounty.gov/m/?viewer=demo and to retrieve parcel information.

In the search bar, type in the AIN of the parcel without the dashes and click on the search icon located on the far right of the bar:


Your result should look similar to this. Click on the result to zoom in to the parcel.


Please contact eGIS@isd.lacounty.gov if you have any questions.

Christine Lam

Full-Time Lecturer in Geography at Cal State Long Beach (extended)

Note – the deadline to apply has been extended to Friday August 9th.

Cal State Long Beach has an opening for a full-time lecturer in Geography.

A snippet from the full job posting (FT Lecturer Geography-Recruitment 2044).


This position will be approximately 40% teaching and 60% GIS lab management. Teach available introductory undergraduate level courses (3 – 6 units) as needed. The successful candidate will be expected to manage our GIS/Remote sensing teaching and research labs. This includes but not limited to the following: supervise student lab-technicians who are hired to assist undergraduate and graduate students; interact with students to address student lab and GIS-related issues; oversee computer software and hardware configuration, work closely with technical groups regarding lab and server configurations, and work with faculty to design setup; manage and maintain the database systems architecture to serve faculty and student needs, and access to a variety of geospatial datasets. Conduct special projects for the Chair of Geography and Director of the Masters in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci).

Not all speech recognition created equal

I left a voice mail for a vendor, and their speech technology didn’t do too well in transcribing anything, including my name ..

To be fair, I was on the bluetooth in my car, but this is pretty fun to read.  A colleague and I will try Google to see if they do better …

Transcription below:

Continue reading Not all speech recognition created equal

LA County Mobile GIS Viewer

We are excited to announce the launch of the LA County Mobile GIS Viewer (demo version) at http://egis3.lacounty.gov/m/?viewer=demo.


The mobile viewer incorporates HTML5-based web and mobile mapping technology and functions on smartphones, tablets, and desktop web browsers without plug-ins! The LA County Enterprise GIS team is providing this site as a template for County departments to test and build mobile ready sites.

Features of the Mobile GIS Viewer include:

  • Find an address via the search bar
  • Find Parcel information through the “Identify by point” feature
  • NEW! Pinpoint your present location (geolocate)
  • NEW! Data editing – we have loaded some test datasets (fruit tree sits, insect trap sites, vacant parcels)
  • NEW! Report an error

The site will automatically detect the type of device you are using (desktop, tablet, or handheld) and configure itself for the best viewing experience.

The mobile GIS Viewer is a light version of the County’s Silverlight GIS Viewer (http://gis.lacounty.gov/gisviewer), however, the mobile version is quite powerful and has new features that are not available via the Silverlight version. You have access to Political Boundaries, Administrative Boundaries, 2010 Census Tracts, and parcel boundaries, along with the County’s base maps.

Training videos on how to use the Mobile GIS Viewer as well as utilizing the new features will be available in the future.

Please contact eGIS@isd.lacounty.gov if you have any questions.


Christine Lam and Mark Greninger

GIS student position at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS student position in our Real Estate division.


  • GIS experience and/or schooling.
  • Under grad students must be in school full-time (9 semester units or 12 quarter units) and must maintain at 2.5 GPA.
  • Grad students must be in school full-time (6 semester units or 8 quarter units) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students can work a max of 20 hours/week during school year and 40 hours/week during summer.

Position pays $12.17-$13.54 per hour.

Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Students, please submit resume to Christine Thome, by September 15th, 2013, at: GIS@portla.org


For those who are planning to apply for GISP certification, start preparing to take an exam.

The GISCI recently announced that a long awaited exam is now officially under development. In addition to all the requirements currently in place, passage of this exam will also be required, beginning in early 2015.

There are numerous GIS users with impressive education and experience! In addition to GIS proficiency, the GISCI’s strong emphasis on continuing education, ethics, and contributions to the community make GISP certification worth looking into.

If it helps anyone, I recently updated this article that briefly compares the better known GIS certifications at a glance.

Geocoding Service Patches

Esri has released two new service patches related to Geocoding.


ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 (Desktop, Engine) Batch Geocoding Results from Geocoding Service Patch


This patch addresses an issue encountered when batch geocoding against a geocoding service, the output attributes in the geocoded results may be associated with the incorrect input attributes. ArcGIS Desktop users who utilize the ArcGIS Online World geocoding service should apply this patch.


ArcGIS 10.2 (Desktop, Engine) Geocoding with Composite Locator Service Patch


This patch addresses an issue in which ArcGIS Desktop and Engine applications may crash when batch geocoding against a composite locator that is published to ArcGIS Server.


To stay on top of new service packs and patch releases from Esri add the RSS feed to Outlook: http://rss.esri.com/support/patchesandservicepacks

15th Annual APWA GIS Conference

APWA GIS Conf 2013 FlyerThe Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Asociation (APWA) presents the 15th Annual APWA GIS Conference.

Click here to view the flyer

  • GIS use in Public and Private Sectors
  • GIS Development and Trends
  • GIS Applications in Water, Transportation & Planning

Date: September 5th, 2013

Time: Registration starts at 8:30 AM

Location: Cypress Community Center

5700 Orange Ave

Cypress, CA 90630

Free seminar on improving Public Safety using GIS

Public Safety EventI wanted to pass this along, especially to folks in the Public Safety Sector.  It is completely free.
Date: July 31st, 2013
Time: 9 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: City of Murrieta Police Department
This session was designed to give the Public Safety Administrator and GIS Coordinator 10 ways to maximize the investment in 911 and GIS to produce highly efficient and effective mapping tools that depend on accurate GIS data. Attendees will be given the overall scope of how GIS data is used and developed for use in a 911 Public Safety mapping application such as Crime/Incident Mapping, Dispatch, Fires and EMS incident mapping, Address Management, Mobile and AVL, and Public Access tool.