January 2015
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Have you seen this ad for a bike with Google Maps?

As opposed to the recently announced death of Google Maps Engine, Google Maps really is humming along …

I’ve seen a couple of ads now for the Pro-Form Tour de France stationary bike – I wondered when something like this would come out where the you don’t need to actually go anywhere in order to go somewhere :).

This video is for the older model – the newer one has streetview as you ride.  Amazing!

Introduction to GIS – seats available

riohondoWarren Roberts at Rio Hondo College emailed me to pass along that there are a few seats remaining in his Introduction to GIS course (GIS 120) – this course starts February 2nd – so if you are looking to learn about GIS this is a good place to start.

Google discontinues Maps Engine – I guess ESRI’s ArcGIS Online won

Mike Carson over at SoCalGIS passed along this information about Google ending support for Google Maps Engine.  This is interesting, since I saw GME as Google’s attempt to compete with ESRI in the WebGIS (as opposed to Web Mapping) space.  I had a number of Google representatives sell GME as the way to store our data and use it for building applications – which really was competition to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online.

However – having played with it a few times, it never had the real capabilities that were needed – it wasn’t much better than Google fusion tables, and all applications needed to be built from scratch.

Google just didn’t really understand the space – now folks like MapBox and CartoDB are more in the picture..


San Francisco’s public Defection Map

An interesting use of Open Data (can’t wait for LA County’s Open Data Portal to go live in the next few months).  I know our Public Health department tracks the same things.

Here’s the source article.


GIS Internship at the City of Santa Monica

Justin Mank from the City of Santa Monica passed this internship opportunity along (click here for the link).

Note that the actual opportunity does not specify a GIS internship, but it is …  Candidates with GIS experience will be assisting in the updates of Public Works GIS databases and providing general GIS project support.

$15.37 per hour.

Business locations, map errors, address errors – interesting article

I ran across this blog post – for those of you who deal with addresses and maps the deep dive into various address issues is interesting …



eGIS Committee Agenda – January 2015

Please find the agenda attached here: eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – January 2015

We will be discussing LARIAC and CAMS status, also discussing the next steps of the GIS classifications (we anticipate results of the exams coming in the next few days with interviews starting at the end of the month), as well as getting a demonstration of the DPSS SARA project and a discussion of Data update procedures and the current GIS Data List for LA County (click here to download the current list – LA County Enterprise GIS Data – 201501).

P.S. – we’ll also be holding our drawing for a couple of ESRI virtual campus gift certificates for those who volunteered at GIS day.

See you there!

Undergrad Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Passing this along from URISA.

If you are an undergraduate geospatial student, enrolled in the Spring 2015 Semester, and like making movies, There is a competition that offers a great opportunity to showcase your talents. In addition to highlighting your cartographic and analytic use of geospatial technology, your video will demonstrate your communication and presentation skills.

For more details, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/geospatialcompetition/.

OpenStreetMap Meetup event on 1/17/15

Claremont Graduate University invites you to a free Open Street Map event January 17th, 9am – 1pm Saturday.  Discover how to easily digitize in support of humanitarian purposes (we’ll respond to urgent map requests in West Africa but can be performed for anywhere on the planet).   Meet people, learn skills and volunteering for a great cause at the same time (contributes points for your GISP application) No mapping experience required. Bring your own laptop, we’ll provide the wireless and refreshments and company!  For more information http://goo.gl/DKkiae or email Warren Roberts.

Mapping “Dudeness”

The map of dudes

This is a great and fun article mapping how “dudes” refer to each other :)

Click here