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GIS Student Opportunity

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking a candidate to fill a Student Professional Worker I vacancy to assist with GIS duties. Students must currently be on the L.A. County’s Student Professional Worker I eligibility list.

Example of duties:

• Make routine edits and update GIS spatial data, including points, lines, and polygons
• Create standard and custom maps and map series, database feature classes, shapefiles, tables and reports
• Create graphics and infographics, and perform data searches.
• Develop and update web maps, map services, and mapping applications.
• Georeference digital maps to align with real ground locations.
• Generate buffers, service areas, spatial joins, and table joins.
• Convert data from one coordinate system to another.
• Use digital elevation model (DEM) to perform terrain analysis, including slope, elevation profiles, and drainage.
• Conduct GPS data collection in the field.
• Operate large format plotter and scanner.

If you are currently eligible on this list, please contact jdiaz2@parks.lacounty.gov.

If you are interested and have not applied to work as a student for the County, please apply by clicking here. You must be at least a sophomore to apply.

L.A. County GIS Day 2018 – Spaces Are Filling Up!

ATTENDEES:
You do not need to register to attend this event; just come and enjoy.

PARTICIPANTS:
Spaces are filling up!
  Please register soon to reserve a booth for your organization, make a presentation, or post maps in the Map Gallery. We are soliciting your abstracts for presentations and maps for the map gallery.  This closes at the end of business on Monday, October 1, 2018.

  • We have an online registration form for participants who want to staff a booth or bring maps for the Map Gallery – click here
  • We have an online registration form for those who would like to give a presentation – click here.

 

The full announcement about L.A. County’s GIS Day 2018 with all pertinent information and links – click here

 

L.A. County GIS Day 2018 Announcement

You are invited to join us for Los Angeles County’s 11th Annual GIS Day!

GIS Day 2018 banner graphicWednesday, November 14th, 2018
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year we are Visualizing L.A. County with Mapping Technology. Come learn:

•   how your government uses GIS to make better decisions
•   about opportunities for studying GIS at local universities and colleges
•   how GIS technology helps improve our daily lives

There are two ways to join in the fun – as an Attendee or Participant.

ATTENDEES:
You do not need to register to attend this event; just come and enjoy.

PARTICIPANTS:
Register to reserve a booth for your organization, make a presentation, or post maps in the Map Gallery. We are soliciting your abstracts for presentations and maps for the map gallery.

  • We have an online registration form for participants who want to staff a booth or bring maps for the Map Gallery – click here
  • We have an online registration form for those who would like to give a presentation – click here.

 

MORE INFORMATION:

Plenty of information is posted online:

•   For general information: https://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/
•   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):  http://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/frequently-asked-questions-faq/
•   Photos from past years event: http://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/gis-day-pictures/

For questions about the day, don’t hesitate to contact Nick Franchino or Steve Steinberg.

 

GIS Day 2018 Promotional Flyer – click here

Fully Online GIS Programs at UCLA Extension

With location as a service, cloud computing, 3D modeling and other trends, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies are becoming more prevalent in everyday life. The GIS industry is growing and becoming more important than ever before.

Our GIS and Geospatial Technology Programs are created in partnership with the UCLA Department of Geography, recognized internationally as a leader in research and education.

Our programs are fully online, designed for entry-level to experienced professionals as well as students. They provide hands-on practical training involving real-world geospatial data and the most relevant, state-of-the-art tools and techniques in GIS. Our programs provide applicable experience in GIS, spatial analysis, GIS programming and more. Train on the latest versions of Esri’s ArcGIS, QGIS and others. Courses offered every quarter.

We offer the following programs –

  1. GIS Certificate: A 5 course certificate which can be completed in around a year
  2. Specialization – A 2 course program offered in Digital Cartography, Web Mapping, and Geospatial Imagery Analysis. It can be completed in around less than 6 months.
  3. Various other Courses

Registration and Additional Information

Join our Free Information Sessions

Rio Hondo College GIS Course Offerings Fall 2018

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of August 18th. Registration is open for Fall GIS classes on campus and an Introductory course on location at the LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra).  Here is a list of classes offered including a new Programming class GIS281 (GIS / Python). Please contact wroberts@riohondo.edu for inquiries about waivers needed for prerequisites and corequisites.  Fees are $46/unit and some classes can be used to transfer to CSU and others.

 

Steps for applying for admission and registering for the classes can be found here and can be performed entirely online with no fees.  Applying for admission however should be done early to provide you the option to registering without delay as classes can fill quick.   For additional information, contact Prof. Warren Roberts wroberts@riohondo.edu

Test Your GeoVocabulary – The Key

Here is the answer key to a crossword puzzle from a previous post.

We hope this puzzle has expanded your geo-vocabulary, even if just a little bit. For your convenience, the PDF contains links to learn more about the answers.

GISCI Map Contest – 2018 Results

The GIS Certification Institute (gisci.org) is proud to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this year’s annual map contest. The 2018 edition of the map contest sported a freestyle theme, and this year witnessed some very creative results!

Feel free to visit here to see who won, vote for the People’s Choice award, or view the contestants’ entries. (You might want to view the contestants’ maps for some great cartographic ideas!) Among other prizes, the winning maps will be displayed at the upcoming Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego.

University Students Create Spatial Analysis Tools to Help Cities Do More with Data

The article (click here) discusses some interesting spatial analyses.

Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Urban Spatial Analytics Practicum are working with city officials in Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Minneapolis to develop data science tools to improve safety, health and quality of life for residents.”

 

Test Your GeoVocabulary

Many of us like crossword puzzles. Many of us like the work we do. If finding a GIS themed crossword puzzle seemed near impossible, it made sense to create one, and this is what some of us came up with.

It’s a little geeky for the Times, but it will likely challenge and entertain regular visitors to this site. We’ll post the key with a few online resources in about a week.

New Maps Plus

With so many JC’s and Uni’s all over SoCal teaching traditional desktop GIS, some might say there has been a flood of graduates in recent years. Good. Our profession needs really good people. Why not look into something a little bit different? The University of Kentucky is offering New Maps Plus, an online digital mapping program centered around programming and web development. BTW, all their tools are open source.

Even if you don’t have the funds to meet their tuition and you have no plans to take these courses right away, you will likely find this promotional video very entertaining.