October 2015
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USGS Topographic Map Explorer

Curbed LA has a good article about a new USGS site that lets you overlay old and new topographic maps – really cool interface too.

Link to the article

Link to the map explorer


Create your own street views

I recently got a demonstration from Mapillary (http://www.mapillary.com/map) – it’s a new startup that is creating street view style imagery from crowdsourced imagery – pretty interesting.

Basically – you take a number of pictures as you walk or drive down the street, load them to mapillary, and they process them into street views.  Pretty interesting.  They have also developed the ability to recognize and geo-locate street signs, which is additional, but pretty cool.

I’m going to create some street views around where I live – should be interesting to see how this works!


Energy Atlas for Los Angeles Released

energy_atlasThis atlas was released today – it provides basic mapping of energy use by building across Los Angeles County.  LARIAC data and the County CAMS Locator were at the heart of these analyses, since they provided the building information as well as the geocoding used to complete this task.

Go to the website

Press release

Here is the snippet:

“The LA Energy Atlas is a first of its kind interactive website that maps energy use data across Los Angeles County.

The LA Energy Atlas provides in-depth knowledge of the region’s energy consumption at the neighborhood, city and county scales across a range of indicators, including building type and age.

Users can access and download data previously inaccessible to get a comprehensive understanding of energy use trends over time, as well as variations across the region and building types.

This atlas will serve as an invaluable tool to policymakers, researchers and energy stakeholders to help meet energy conservation targets and work towards greater sustainability. 

The LA Energy Atlas has been developed over the past four years by the team at the California Center of Sustainable Communities under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Pincetl.”


HackerLab and GeoDev Meetup in Santa Monica

What are you doing September 29? There will be an Esri GeoDev Meetup in Santa Monica that night, and we’d love it if you could join us.

During the day, we are hosting our first ever HackerLab event! This is a free, four-hour, hands-on, strategically guided lab for developers that will cover how to build map apps with ArcGIS Online, APIs and Services, Open Source, and also with AppStudio for ArcGIS (for native apps).

In the evening, we will be hosting our GeoDev Meetup. We’ve been having a great time at these Meetups. There’s a welcoming introduction, several Lightning Talks, lots of discussion about technology and development, plus food, drinks, and giveaways.

When: Tuesday, September 29th from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: ROC – 604 Arizona, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Who: Developers of all experience levels. Feel free to invite a friend, too!
Cost: Complimentary
Please register here for the HackerLab.

GeoDev Meetup
When: Tuesday, September 29th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: ROC
Who: Developers of all experience levels. Feel free to invite a friend, too!
Cost: Complimentary
Please RSVP here for the GeoDev Meetup.

I hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions.
Jim Barry | Program Manager, Esri Developer Network
Esri | 380 New York Street | Redlands, CA 92373 | USA
Tel.: +1-909-793-2853, ext. 2253 | jbarry@esri.com | Follow me on Twitter | esri.com

This Map Will Tell You If Your City’s Pollution Could Affect Your Health

The new map launches as international researchers sound louder alarms about air pollution’s profound health effects in China.

link to full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/air-pollution-interactive-map_56015ef8e4b00310edf87d0b

link to interactive map: http://waqi.info/

Ever wondered about how your town or travel destination’s air quality might affect your health? Here’s your chance to find out.

On Sept. 18, the Beijing-based environmental nonprofit Air Quality Index China released a real-time, interactive map displaying air pollution levels around the world. The AQICN map, which automatically updates every 15 minutes, compiles verified data from official environmental protection agencies about 1,000 locations, and displays each site’s air quality index on the map. Users can see a full report and breakdown of a location’s air quality and pollution forecast by clicking on one of the flags.

The indices are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index scale, which measures five major air pollutants (ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide) to calculate a location’s air quality and the possible health effects. Each site is color-coded to display its current level of pollution according to the scale…. See link at top for remainder of story

-Source: HuffPost

Cal State LA GIS Certificate Program

Passing this along

Greetings from Cal State L.A.!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science at the new Cal State LA downtown campus.

The campus is located at 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (on the corner of 8th and Grand Ave).  Applications are for the Spring 2016 semester, which begins January 25, 2016.

You may review more details about the program at the following website:http://www.calstatela.edu/dtla/geographic-information-science



The proposed curriculum consists of the following courses:


GEOG 369 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3 units)

ELECTIVE COURSES (Select remaining 12 units from any of the following):

  • GEOG 468 Digital Cartography (3 units)
  • GEOG 469 Spatial Analysis and GIS modeling (3 units)
  • GEOG 466 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3 units)
  • GEOG 470 Programming in Geographical Information (3 units)
  • GEOG 471 GIS Database Management (3 units)
  • GEOG 499 Independent Study (3 units)

Students must successfully complete courses with a 3.0 G.P.A. or better in order to earn the certificate.


Admission requirements include possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 overall G.P.A.  More information about how to apply is included below.


Courses will be held once or twice a week between Monday and Thursday from 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm. Detailed course schedules are being built and will be posted in the coming weeks.



Interested applicants must apply online through CSU Mentor at https://secure.csumentor.edu/

Step-by-step instructions for applying to the program can be viewed or printed here:http://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Downtown%20Los%20Angeles%20Campus/csu-mentor_graduateapp_gis_2015-09-14.pdf


The application deadline is November 13, 2015.


For more information about the DTLA GIS program, contact:

Erika Valdez, MPH

Office: (323) 343-4911

Email:  evalde26@calstatela.edu

LA County GIS Day announcement

gis day 2015You are invited to join us for Los Angeles County’s 8th annual GIS Day!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year’s event is titled Mapping for a Better LA.  The event is designed for the public, government employees, and students to:

  • Show how county and city governments use GIS to make better decisions;
  • learn about opportunities for studying GIS at local universities and colleges;
  • and discover how this technology is affecting our daily lives.

Click here to view and download the 2015 GIS Day Flyer

GIS Day will showcase more than 50 agencies, and include lectures, demonstrations, a map gallery, games, GIS Day cake, prizes, and activities focused on showing what we are doing with GIS.

Continue reading LA County GIS Day announcement

These Maps are Fake, But You’ll Still Want to Explore Them

We all take great strides to provide the highest quality and accuracy of our maps. This article might be enjoyed by the creative minds among us. The article begins…

“Most maps depict a real place in the world, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Sometimes images that look like maps can be excellent tools for getting an idea across.

“We’ve rounded up 9 exceptional ‘fake’ maps that either represent a fictional place, are used to uniquely visualize information or totally redefine what a map can be. Let’s explore.

Click here for the full article.

eGIS Meeting Agenda for September

Hello – please find today’s meeting agenda attached here: eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – September 15, 2015

Google Maps floods coastline of LA County !!!

floodingIt was brought to my attention that Google Maps appears to show flooding along the coast of LA.  My suspicion is that either someone messed with their data using Google MapMaker, recently re-opened, or perhaps they pulled an older, incorrect data source.  I’ve reported it, and they are usually very good about fixing this.

But just in case, stay away from the beaches today :)