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Updated meeting agenda for today’s eGIS Meeting

We will have a demonstration of a Logistics Package (formerly ArcLogistics) – now Compass Logistics.

See the revised agenda below.

June 2013_0618.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

eGIS Steering Committee Meeting – June 18th, 2013

Please find tomorrow’s agenda attached here: June 2013_0618.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

GIS Data

eGIS Environment Update

ISD will provide an update on some of the map service publication tools for ArcGIS 10.1, as well as providing an update on the migration to 10.1

Open Source GIS 101, Part 6: Quantum GIS

Part 6: QGIS  (Quantum GIS)

Eleven years ago, Gary Sherman began developing a GIS viewer for the Linux desktop. Though the early progress was slow, the project gradually accumulated more contributors over the years. Today, QGIS is a true grassroots open source software application with thousands of users around the world.

There are many reasons to like QGIS. Of all the open source GIS software applications I’ve tested, I feel it has the greatest combination of power and ease of use. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and its small file size allows it to run smoothly on older computers that would otherwise crash if they tried to run ESRI’s ArcGIS. Numerous user-contributed “plugins” are also available for solving a variety of tasks that are typically written in Python.

Another factor that adds to its user-friendliness is that so much help is available online. Aside from the homepage, there are so many helpful bloggers, one can easily ‘Google’ a QGIS question to find a solution. The Quantum GIS Planet only lists a portion of what’s out there.

For those who are completely new to open source GIS in general, Gary Sherman has written a helpful book, The Geospatial Desktop.

Though QGIS is a favorite open source GIS application for many (in a very few ways, it is even superior to ArcGIS), don’t rush out to replace your proprietary software yet. Open source GIS is still limited to open data formats and simple geometric features, and I know at least one person who found the lack of pre-installed symbology disappointing.

Nevertheless, QGIS is a popular and fast growing open source GIS for the desktop, with a large number of fans, users, and regular contributors. See this year’s Google Summer of Code for QGIS and OSGeo.

In two weeks, Part 7, GDAL/OGR…

CAMS False Match Update Progress

False Match Progress - June 12 2013I wanted to provide an update regarding the Countywide Address Management System (click here for more information on CAMS).

The Registrar/Recorder County Clerk (RRCC) is working to transition the County’s main street centerline dataset from the licensed Thomas Brothers files to the Census Bureau’s TIGER file.  “Owning” the data will support collaboration and distribution.

The last phase of this, and a complex one, is reviewing a set of potential false matches (where we find an address but it is in the wrong place).  To get more background, see this post on using GIS to improve addresses.  Once complete, we will be loading the street centerlines into the editing environment.

The current version is available at the GIS Data Portal

 

LAR-IAC Program saves governments $10 million

I wanted to pass the LARIAC 3 Project completion letter along.  Especially with the recent passing of Milan Svitek, who helped initiate this program, the timing is right to showcase the value of collaboration across the County.

LARIAC 3 project completion (pdf file)

For more information about LARIAC, please see: http://egis3.lacounty.gov/dataportal/lariac/

 

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Passing of Milan Svitek

I wanted to do this post in memory of Milan Svitek, who passed away about two weeks ago.  He was our leader and a true pioneer in the field of GIS.

He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning for just over 20 years before he retired in 2006.  He was well known all over the County, and even around the Country, for his work in GIS.  Most recently he conceived of and created (with support from the Chief Information Office) the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC) Program.  He also built the GIS Section up from the ground up and was an innovator in the use of GIS in the field of urban and regional planning.

After retiring from the County he did some traveling and also did consulting work for The Sanborn Map Company.

Milan truly lived the American Dream!  He is survived by his wife Eva, four sons and seven grandsons.  Rest in peace Milan.

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Pictometry Aids in Oklahoma Devastation

A good case study for why we in the County have worked with Pictometry to capture imagery for public safety:

http://rochesterhomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=393432

 

Google capturing (Off) Street View near Matterhorn in Switzerland

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Why should High School students take a GIS class?

Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta teach GIS – we have seen them in our GIS Day event and love having the students there.  One of them, for a final project, created a nice video discussing the benefits of GIS.  Nick Franchino from our Regional Planning GIS group, and I, were interviewed, so while my hair day could have been better, it’s fun to see yourself on “TV”

 

Enjoy!

Student Internship Program Guide

For folks who might be interested in creating a student internship program, the attached document is a comprehensive guide to sponsoring and supervising a student intern. It is written for California state government but can be useful for other organizations as well.

This was passed along to CGIA from Jane Schafer-Kramer from the State – thank you!

Student Internship Program Guide (pdf file)