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Reminder to register for CalGIS 2014

Register or get left out!

CalGIS 2014 is only 3 weeks away!  CalGIS is the premier California focused GIS conference, and this year it is in Monterey (doesn’t get much better than that!))  The ESRI conference can get overwhelming, and focused specifically on one technology, while CalGIS has a very nice, small feel, with great sessions, and a great place to interact and meet GIS professionals from around the State.

Go to the CalGIS 2014 website

If you haven’t registered, do so right away!!!  CGIA members get a $25 discount too!

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

Looks awesome on a full screen, though not 4″ like our LARIAC.

eGIS Committee Meeting – Agenda for March 2014

I have attached the agenda for tomorrow’s eGIS Committee meeting.  Download the March Agenda

In addition to general updates on CAMS, LARIAC, etc, Christine Lam from the eGIS group will discuss the new features and capabilities of the version 4 release of Geocortex Essentials.


Time Lapse of a River changing course

This was pretty cool:

Feedback requested from State GIO on UAV laws

Passing this along:

From Scott Gregory, California State GIO:

As you may or may not know, AB1327 is a bill that could potentially impact the work that we do in regards to remote sensing and aerial imagery collection, etc… in the near future. See the link below for more detail. My office is in the process of providing the Legislature a summary analysis of the bill. In our analysis we want to highlight civilian use (non-public safety governmental) cases for UAV technology as a rebuttal to some of the limiting language in the bill.

If this bill will affect your organization’s future data collection needs, please provide me a brief summary to be incorporated into the analysis. Something like the follow would be appropriate:

Dept. of Water Resources
Levee Inspection
The use of civilian accessed UAV technology would greatly enhance our ability to assess the current conditions of the State’s levee system. This would enhance collection efforts saving time and money in the process because it is accomplished remotely without having to send staff and resources to the field for collection. This process would increase accuracy of surveys….

Basically, I would be looking for the organization name, use case and description of that use case. Please circulate to the user community within your respective organizations to solicit feedback. Please email or call if you have any questions. I would like to have these complied by 10am Friday (3/14/14). Thanks for your help.

Scott Gregory
Deputy Director
State Geographic Information Officer
California Department of Technology
10860 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA. 95670

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

p1ffr7yohzkmetnvuvzyInteresting preview from Gizmodo:

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:

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