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eGIS Committee Agenda for February 2014

Please find the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting here:February 2014.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

It’s pretty packed, but here are some highlights:

See everyone there!

LA Geospatial Summitt one week away

The Fourth annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summitt is one week away.  I attend this yearly event as it is a great place to focus on broad geospatial trends in the Los Angeles area, meet colleagues and students, and take a day to breath in all the geospatial wonder!

Here’s a link: http://spatial.usc.edu/index.php/usc-spatial-sciences-institute/events/fourth-annual-los-angeles-geospatial-summit/

Here is some late details:

Engage with leaders in geospatial science and technology during plenary and panel sessions and the closing networking reception and industry fair.  Students can gain experience in presenting a paper or poster and learn what other students are doing at other GIS-related programs.

Plenary speakers:

  • David DiBiase, Team Lead – Education Industry, Esri, on “Geospatial Leadership”
  • Clark Easter, geospatial entrepreneur, on “Future Geospatial Opportunities and Challenges”


  • “How to Build a Geospatial Career” with Mark Greninger, Geographic Information Officer, County of Los Angeles, DeKevon Ashley, thrdPlace; David S. King, Jacobs; and Payal Kamdar, VSolvit
  • “LA’s Open Data Initiatives Scene” with Yohei Nakajima, Code for LA; Kyle Hall, LA Controller’s Office; Justin Mank, City of Santa Monica; and Christine Outram, City Innovation Group


Location: Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, adjacent to the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station.

Register now! The $40 student and $60 general registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and reception.

Please click here for program information. For further information, contact Melissa Salido at msalido@usc.edu.

Eliminating pixelation in imagery (LARIAC imagery)

Thanks to Francis Calasanz for passing this along.  This is good information for anyone using imagery, and also for our LARIAC participants.

“FYI…. We had a problem earlier with the LARIAC 3 image pixelating (top photo of Brackett Airport) at small scale (say 1:4000). I was about to forward the problem to you until I found a solution. Apparently, our default setting for PROPERTIES/DISPLAY was “Nearest neighbor”. Changing it to “Cubic Convolution” solved the problem (bottom photo).”

LA County launches update to the Works Mobile App

theworksCongratulations to the County’s Public Works department –

The County’s citizen reporting application has recently been updated with new reporting capabilities as well as Droid compatibility: The Works Press Release (January 27, 2014)

From the release:

Residents can now interact with the Departments of Parks and Recreation, Public Health, and Regional Planning by:

  • Requesting facility and trail maintenance at County parks, as well as reporting potential health and safety concerns
  • Reporting potential public health violations at hotels, motels and apartments — such as unclear or cloudy pool water, broken pool gates or fences, and missing pool lights or drain covers
  • Reporting possible property violations, including excessive vegetation, junk or trash; illegal parking; inoperable vehicles; occupied RVs; and improper signs or banners

Users can submit a detailed description of an issue and attach related site photos. While not required, users may provide contact information for additional follow-up. They are also able to see status updates to their request in real time when they subsequently access the app.


Public Radio Map


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.

GIS Managers Workshop

ManagersWorkshop_PasadenaThis looks very interesting for folks managing GIS groups.

View the flyer


LA City GIS Specialist opening

Thanks to Christine Thome for passing along:

Link to the full job posting:

Closing Date/Time: Thu. 02/06/14 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $60,447.00 – $75,084.00 Annually
Special Salary: In some positions, higher salaries may be paid for night work.
Location: CITY OF LOS ANGELES, California



eGIS Committee Meeting Agenda

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.

January 2014.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

See you tomorrow!

Open Source GIS 101, Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS?

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:

  • It has a very low initial cost. (It’s hard to beat FREE!)
  • Most desktop applications are easy to use.
  • Learning about open source GIS may enhance one’s ability to understand ArcGIS.
  • Skills in the use of open source GIS might be helpful in a natural disaster if a proprietary license manager is down.
  • Free desktop GIS viewers offer flexibility not available with many online viewers.

The Negatives:

  • Proprietary software is currently well established.
  • Commercial technical support for open source GIS can be expensive and difficult to find.

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 Position

Lead GIS Developer (Web/Mobile)

Location: Encinitas, CA

General Description:

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and implement customized web applications, web services and enterprise solutions for clients using ESRI’s JavaScript API and Microsoft’ Silverlight API.
  • Lead a team of developers to design and develop public-facing web mapping sites for collection, management, manipulation and visualization of spatial data.
  • Write comprehensive technical specifications and support documentation.
  • Interface with customers to identify, develop and implement custom components for web/mobile applications
  • Integration of 3rd party technologies

Education and Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in geography, information systems, computer science or related field.
  • 7+ years’ experience with ESRI products including: ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcSDE, ArcGIS for Server 10.x, ArcGIS Online and their associated APIs
  • 5+ years’ experience with ASP .NET web application development
  • 5+ years of database development with SQL Server
  • JavaScript including DOJO, JQUERY and JSON
  • C# .NET, HTML 5, XAML, ArcObjects, Python, XML, SQL, CSS
  • SQL stored procedures and functions
  • PHP
  • 1+ years of experience with Github


For consideration of this role please submit resume:

E-mail: llubeley@dudek.com