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Los Angeles To Launch Nation’s Largest Interactive Urban Trail Network

p1ffr7yohzkmetnvuvzyInteresting preview from Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/los-angeles-launches-an-interactive-urban-trail-system-1541248828

Hack for Pasadena – cash prizes

I forgot to mention that the upcoming “Hack for Pasadena” will have cash prizes – $1,000 dedicated category for best use of ESRI products in addition to other cash prizes totalling $6,000!


Good luck!

Hack for Pasadena!

hack4pasadenaPassing this along:

Go to the website: www.hackforpasadena.com

Hack for Pasadena is two-days of open sourced talks and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and community participation will shape the future of the City of Pasadena. Hack for Pasadena brings together the tech community with businesses, nonprofits, academia and city officials to work together to solve complex social problems through technology innovation. Anyone can pitch an idea or problem. Ideas may range from coming up with creative ways to address the city’s biggest challenges like homelessness, transportation, crime, affordable housing and public safety, to beautification projects and business ideas that will make the city more livable. From there, small groups form to brainstorm solutions and start tackling the issue with design and code. Publicly accessible data sets will be used to support the solutions. At the end of two days, each group will present a workable solution that improves the daily life for real people in our community.

Saturday March 15th – Sunday March 16th, 2014

2014 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute recently began accepting entries to its Third Annual Map Contest. This year’s high quality maps will be based on the National Bridge Inventory. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners, and if Esri software is used, the winning poster will be displayed at Esri’s Annual User Conference.

Map submittal earns / qualifies for 1 point under the Contribution to the Profession category towards GISP Certification. Map specifications and contest rules are posted on their 2014 Contest Site.

Google launches Maps Gallery

google map galleryInteresting – Google’s answer to ArcGIS Online?


I liked this one of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA

25 Maps and Charts that explain America Today

digital_divideThis was a good, quick read at the Washington Post.  Thanks to Mike Henderson for passing along:


Where is LA’s Eastside?

eastsideInteresting article in the LA Times about mapping communities, specifically LA’s Eastside.

You can draw it yourself here: http://maps.latimes.com/debates/eastside/

The County is looking to do something similar, starting with our Board Reporting Areas.

Los Angeles Atlas project seeks a cartographer

Hi All –

While this sounds like a cool project, I’m in San Diego and they asked me if I knew anyone in LA that would be interested… so I’m putting Patricia’s email out to this list.




Heyday Books is actively seeking a creative cartographer to work with on a wonderfully ambitious project called the Los Angeles Atlas, a book of original essays and maps about the ‘Los Angeles no one knows about’ as these stories and communities or experiences so often live in the shadows of all of the stereotypes.

We are envisioning one cartographer and one designer, who will be overseeing the visual aspect of this project, working with each of the final twenty writers and mapping out their themes in twenty newly commissioned, original maps.

Right now we are still in the process of identifying the writers and in January we’ll be culling down the submissions to the top applicants and asking for a second round of responses before choosing our final essayists. The actual map making process will likely occur between September 2013 and February 2014, although we’d love to have a cartographer and designer chosen as soon as possible, in order to sit down and work through all of the fantastic, infinite ways in which we can build these beautiful maps and give to give it an overall artistic direction. We also hope that the cartographer will be available as early as this spring to meet with us and the writers individually to discuss the topics of their maps and to get a grasp on how to give each map both a uniform clarity and its unique perspective.

If you are at all interested in being considered for this position of cartographer,we welcome you to send both a resume and work samples to share with our book production team, which is based in Berkeley, California. Although the publisher is up North, we are pretty adamant about wanting a cartographer in LA who knows the city and who can meet with the writers as necessary and myself as necessary. This is a paid position, funded by the Durfee Foundation.

If interested please send your cv and work samples to: Patricia Wakida, losangelesatlas@gmail.com.


Heyday (www.heydaybooks.com), a nonprofit independent publisher specializing in California literature, history and culture, is embarking on an ambitious project to create a book of original essays and maps that will allow readers to conceptually experience Los Angeles in new and highly imaginative ways.

Our project is deeply inspired by other books that explore and combine literature and landscape, including Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination by Katharine Harmon, and most importantly, Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City, a haunting exploration of San Francisco. We hope that the Los Angeles Atlas will inspire fresh perceptions of the metropolis , through the lenses of its myriad histories and cultures. In particular, we are interested in representations and perspectives of the city’s history and landscape that time and again, are overlooked or forgotten, in favor of narratives that emphasize LA as a place of glamour, power and their side effects. The Los Angeles Atlas isn’t a guidebook, nor is it a list of statistics or “best of” LA. What we’re reaching for is something that engages the imagination historically, visually, balancing the curious, amazing and substantive through great writing.

We envision a book that is intriguing, playful, and honest, with daring juxtapositions that reveal deep linkages and undercurrents of truth about Los Angeles that potentially alters one’s view of the city, its history, and its future. This project is funded by Durfee Foundation of Los Angeles, and we are working closely with many of the city’s individual and institutional cultural leaders.

To further illustrate the project, here are three examples of possible essays and maps:

• Urban forests in LA.

Essay: Before European contact, Los Angeles was largely a land of grassy meadows, chaparral, riparian forests, oak woodlands, and on the highest peaks groves of juniper and pine. In subsequent years trees from every continent have been planted to create an urban forest of immense complexity. Although climatically Los Angeles is close to a desert, this profusion of trees gives our area much of its character and support much of its wildlife.

Map and Illustration: The map may show features such as arboretums, botanical gardens, parks, college campuses, and certain streets of arboreal splendor; places where the oldest, tallest, rarest, and other notable trees can be found; sections of LA named after trees (Hollywood, La Palma, Walnut, Orange, Hawthorne, Cypress, Westwood, Lakewood, Maywood, Inglewood, Sherman Oaks, etc.)

• Indian LA.

Essay: The indigenous people and their heritage are almost invisible to most Angelenos, yet the world of the Tongva is all around us. This essay will focus on the Tongva people of today, their revival of language, customs, and practice, and the extent to which the traceries of the past and the accomplishments of recent years still have power and presence in our lives.

Map and Illustration: The map will show sites of archaelogical and historic significance, mission sites, murals, health centers, trading posts, etc. Streets and avenues such as Wilshire Boulevard that follow Indian trails, areas that still bear Indian names (Cahunga Pass, Castaic, Malibu, Topanga, etc.)

• Food and hunger in LA.

Essay: Although Los Angeles is renowned and celebrated for its delectable restaurants, its dizzying array of cuisines with international influences, and its ability to mold food trends, it was once a city dominated by agriculture and ranching. This essay will explore the past and present ways in which food has been grown, cultivated, harvested, and shared on the land we live on.

Map and Illustration: The map might depict where various types of crops, orchards, vineyards, chicken and hog farms once grew and what is now on that site today; sites where urban foraging occurs today, from elderberry bushes to freshwater fish, fruit trees overhanging onto public property to mushroom gathering in parks; community gardens, food pantries, farmers markets, neighborhoods without fresh grocers, migration of farm workers.

2014 CGIA Awards – Nominations open

Nominations for the 2014 CGIA Awards are open: http://cgia.org/cgia-award-nominations/

Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at the California GIS Conference (CalGIS), April 14-16th in Monterey California: http://www.urisa.org/education-events/calgis-conference/

Bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program. The visibility that goes with winning an award can be an important component to building credibility, gaining exposure, promoting a program, or garnering funding. Each year the California Geographic Information Association recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. CGIA seeks nominations for outstanding individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • Chairman’s Award: Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology.
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  • Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  • Outstanding Internet Presentation Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  • Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

An award is a pat on the back for the project team. It’s always an amazing thing when a project is completed, and an award is a good way of acknowledging everyone’s efforts from top to bottom. Nominate a colleague, project, or program for a CGIA award by going to the CGIA Nomination Page.

Nomination deadline is March 21st, 2014.

Improving ArcGIS Performance with PerfQAnalyzer

Passing the information about this valuable tool along – it appears to have a number of enhancements.

In the Spring of 2012 [Esri] released the PerfQAnalyzer tool, which assists users in capturing render and edit times within ArcGIS for Desktop.  This tool is a free, unsupported, downloadable tool offered to the Esri user community which can be run from within ArcMap (as an add-in) or as a stand-alone ArcGIS Engine application.  Most users will find the ArcMap add-in the most useful. We have received great feedback regarding this tool and have since released a new version of the tool which is now available for download.
The following enhancements have been made to assist users in calibrating ArcGIS for Desktop performance:

– See more at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/supportcenter/2014/02/03/calibrating-arcgis-performance-with-perfqanalyzer-new-build-available-for-download/#sthash.VMavDAZD.dpuf

  • – DBMS Tab: Additional messaging has been added to notify users of the required permissions within the DBMS to enable an Oracle DBMS trace. If a user attempts to enable a trace and the user does not have the required permissions (ALTER SESSION), the user will be notified.
  • – Fetch Tab: Annotation feature classes are now displayed on the Fetch tab.
  • – New Script Command: A new command was added to the existing scripting capability available in the PerfQAnalyzer tool. The new Identify command logs information similar to what is displayed within the Identify window in ArcMap. Please refer to the Help tab within the PerfQAnalyzer tool for the necessary arguments.
  • – ArcMap Add-In: Previous PerfQAnalyzer releases included command line arguments for executing the PerfQAnalyzer stand-alone application for test automation. Command line arguments can now be passed to the PerfQAnalyzer ArcMap add-in. Please refer to the Help tab within the PerfQAnalyzer tool for the available arguments.
  • – Broken Layers: When a layer’s data source cannot be found, these broken layers are now noted with a warning in the logged output. The map will still render if at least one layer is not broken.
  • – Help Tab: The help content has been reformatted and enhanced. Additionally, the Help tab is now available in all implementations of the tool. The displayed text is specific to the implementation (ArcMap add-in, Stand-alone, Stand-alone No Map).
  • – Program Setup: The setup program no longer uses the add-in registration tool (ESRIRegAddIn.exe) to install the ArcMap add-in. Instead, the following registry value is created:
    • – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\ESRI\Desktop10.2\Settings\AddInFolders   “C:\PerfQAnalyzer\bin”
    • – This enhancement allows the PerfQAnalyzer tool to be available for all users.

Thank you for your feedback regarding the PerfQAnalyzer tool. We will continue to enhance the tool and hope users appreciate the tool as much as our Performance Engineering group.