Thanks to Mike Carson and SocalGIS for passing along.
Pretty cool map: http://publicradiomap.com/
I like how the information changes as you move around on the map.
Thanks to Christine Thome for passing along:
Hope everyone is having a good holiday. I am passing along the Meeting Agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. We’ll discuss some new capabilities and updates to various programs.
See you tomorrow!
Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS? (and Final Overview of this Series)
There are many opinions about the risks and benefits of open source GIS software. Los Angeles County uses ArcGIS for its operational needs. After all, ArcGIS is mature, high quality software, and considerable resources have already been invested.
Even so, there are still individuals within Los Angeles County who carefully observe the evolution of proprietary and open source GIS software and continue to assess the benefits and risks. Only a few are listed below.
Open Source GIS Positives:
In summary, if your needs are simple, and if you are not afraid to rely on in-house staff for training and support, open source GIS may offer substantial savings in software costs for some organizations. Much of open source GIS’ growth has only happened in the last few years. Who knows how things will look five years from now?
Lead GIS Developer (Web/Mobile)
Location: Encinitas, CA
We are seeking an experienced senior level GIS Developer to join our progressive and expanding GIS & Technology Team. Must possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in geography, information systems, computer science or related field. Our successful candidate will have 5+ years of experience developing IT/GIS web, desktop and mobile applications. The candidate will be highly motivated and a self-starter who has demonstrated successful experience architecting, implementing and supporting enterprise mapping solutions. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, and should be team-oriented, self-motivated and detail-oriented.
Education and Essential Skills:
For consideration of this role please submit resume:
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)
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.
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!
I 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
A number of new web sites were launched this year
Looking forward to a great 2014!
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