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Powermap for Excel offers free mapping inside of Excel

powermapThis was passed along to me yesterday and I gave it a quick shot.  While it doesn’t have all of the functionality of the ESRI plugin, with the capabilities for uploading and sharing, it does have some pretty neat visualization tools, and it is free, which is quite nice.  Especially the fact that geocoding doesn’t cost anything …

Link to the post and download.

Getting Started with Power Map Preview_September Refresh (docx file)


Mapping all of the pools in the LA Basin

This was an interesting article that just came out.  The use of crowd-sourcing and Mechanical Turk are interesting twists on creating data:



Here is a link to their methodology:


GIS Day 2013 – Thanks Again to our Sponsors!

gisday2013_thank_you_sponsorsWe couldn’t have had as successful an event as we did without the help of our sponsors.  We thank them for the prizes (that were drawn every 20 minutes or so), the coffee, the print outs, the swag and, of course, the GIS Day Cake!  THANKS AGAIN!

Thanks again to the County departments that put on the event as well – especially our Internal Services Department (ISD).  Without our volunteers, staff, map providers, students, universities, speakers and presenters – without all of you, it would not have been possible.

28_GIS_Day_Cake_DHoffmanMore pictures to follow soon.  But it sure was a great event!  THANKS AGAIN!


LA County GIS Day 2013 Survey

Hello everyone,

In an effort to improve our event, we are trying to find out what you thought about our event. Thank your for helping make GIS Day better each year!

I’ve invited you to fill out the form LA County GIS Day Survey. To fill it out, visit:  http://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/gis-day-survey/

This should take no more than 1-2 minutes!

If you are unable to connect to this Google Form, you can access it directly here:


GIS Day 2013 a Great Success!

Thank you everyone who made it out to GIS Day 2013 – it was a great success!

The weather held off just long enough to get a great event in, ending with a lot of cake cutting (thanks to Pictometry for bringing the cake, and thanks to Christine for helping me cut it!!)  We must have handed out a hundred slices or more.


We are putting together a slide show for this year’s event (see pictures of previous GIS Days) – so if you have some pictures that you want to send, go ahead and email them to me at mgreninger@cio.lacounty.gov!

We will also be following up with a survey to see what went well, what could be improved, and any other ideas to make GIS Day better next year!


How LARIAC benefits local governments

articleA nice article came out today about LARIAC – just in time for GIS Day!

Read the article here.

I’ll be posting some pictures about our event today – hope you can make it!

Link to GIS Day page

GIS Day 2013 Giveaways

GIS Day 2011 GameOnce again we will be having some great giveaways this year, to go along with our GIS Day Game.

Carrie Wiley from DPW has updated our annual “Where in the County” game that will test your knowledge of places in LA.  If you get 6 right, you’ll be entered to win T-shirts, gift cards from our sponsors, and other great stuff! We gave out over twenty $25 gift cards from places like Starbucks, iTunes, Chilis, Home Depot and more!!!

Check out the “Where in the County” game from 2011.

A Trip down GIS Day Memory Lane

I thought it might be fun to show some of the pictures that we had from earlier GIS Day events at the Hall of Administration.  I’m getting all choked up 🙂

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Are you ready for GIS Day? It’s Tomorrow!

gisday_bannerGIS Day is tomorrow – Public Works’s great banner is up, the tent is coming tonight, and we are ready for a great event!

I look forward to kicking the day off with a pair of keynotes – one from William Fujioka (the County CEO) and the other from Rick Cole (Deputy Mayor for Innovation from the City of LA).

Don’t worry about drizzle – we have a covered tent, and can move the Map Gallery indoors.

Final documents are done.

GIS Day 2013 – Complete set of documents


Don’t forget about the GIS Day mixer hosted by GeoSpatial LA right after the event.

GIS Day 2013 – See the Assessor Mapping Division in action!

assessor_mapsHave you ever wondered how the Assessor manages the mapping of 2.4 million+ parcels in LA County?

Now is your chance – during GIS Day, the Assessor will be offering tours of its mapping division, so you can see first hand how property boundaries are managed.

Stop by Booth 26 (the Assessor’s booth) to sign up!

To get a taste of the information the Assessor manages, check out their property mapping site.