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Big Data Day LA 2018

Registration for Big Data Day LA is now open.

There has been a rise in the field of Data Science and a host of technologies that surround this field. With over a dozen different knowledge tracks, this event covers a wide range of subjects ranging from material that will challenge hard core data scientists down to introductory material for newbies in this field.

These presentations explain technologies like the IoT, Hadoop, Spark, Redis, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, etc. Examples of the use of these emerging technologies in GIS can be found in the FOSS4G 2017 presentations or this short video from Planet (formerly Planet Labs).

When explaining Big Data, I like to use this example. Once upon a time, TV ratings were computed from a handful of Nielsen boxes placed in a given city. Today, every second watched by every PC, phone, or tablet on Netflix is tracked, and new content is created based on predictive analytics.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: USC Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles

Cost: Free if you register before April 30; $40 if you register in May and June

Notes: This event usually fills very, very fast.

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow – Presented by SoCal URISA (LA)

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Keystakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

Los Angeles Workshop:

Wed, February 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

Los Angeles Fire Department
Metropolitan Fire Communications Center
500 E. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information and to register:

4 GISP CEUs are granted to attendees!

Limit of 35 attendees.


2018 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute ( is proud to announce its Map Contest for 2018, with a freestyle theme allowing you to create a map with a topic and style of your own choosing.

Map submittals may qualify for 1 point under the Contributions to the Profession category towards your GISP certification or recertification, and this contest is a great way to showcase your cartographic and geoanalytical skills. Winning maps will be displayed at the 2018 Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego.

More information on prizes, contest rules, specifications, and judging criteria can be found at the GISCI map contest page. If you have a great map idea that is crying to be discovered, please don’t delay. The deadline for your submittal is March 31, 2018.

Call for participation for combined GIS super event of the year! CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs

The call for proposals is now open for CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs! Please visit the website below for more information and to submit your great work!

Palm Springs, California – Convention Center

October 9 – 12, 2018

Press release:

Call for proposals:

GIS-Pro has not been in California since 2009, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet, share and learn with your colleagues from around the state AND internationally.

CalGIS 2018 & GIS-Pro are cosponsored by CGIA, the California Chapters of URISA and URISA International.

Holiday Maps and GIS Related Sites for 2017

Get in the spirit this year with all things maps or GIS related. Some highlights (from various sources)…

LA County Holiday Decorations Web Map


Oakland County Michigan – Crowdsourced Holiday lights


Temecula California Holiday Lights Map


New York Public Library’s Christmas Cards


Esri Holiday Travels Story Map (How Holiday Travel Affects Traffic around America’s Busiest Airports)


Christmas Candy by State


Your State’s Favorite Holiday Movie


NORAD Tracks Santa (for Christmas Eve)


Access to Los Angeles County Cadastral Landbase Data

The Cadastral Landbase is the foundation for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ transportation, mapping, and infrastructure, and is an integral part of project workflows and GIS applications. The Landbase is continuously updated with the most current land information.

The website provided in the link provides the Cadastral Landbase data in CADD (.DGN) and GIS (.GDB) file format and may be accessed here:

For any questions regarding the website or data, please contact Carrie Wiley,, 626-458-7355.


Santa Monica College – GIS Courses Begins Feb 12th

Classes at Santa Monica College begins on February 12, 2018. A list of GIS classes can be found here:


Rio Hondo College GIS Courses start Jan 29th

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of January 29th 2018.

Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Available courses include Introduction to GIS (GIS 120), Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra), also offered is GIS Applications (GIS 220) on Fridays and a second offering TTh evening, and the Environmental GIS (GIS 230) course on MW evening.

Waivers are available if you are unable to meet prerequisites due to scheduling, if you have experience using GIS or attended an introductory course elsewhere. Contact for support. For more information on the courses you can view here and you can follow steps here to register.

P.S. Did you know select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities?

LA County GIS Day 2017 Update

The event is in the books!  Thanks for all those that made it a successful event. Our pictures are up and we even have a video from the drone!  There were posts on several social media platforms and hopefully you saw some of those.

2017 Event Information:
If you attended our event, please take our brief survey – give us feedback so we can make improvements for next year! – CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Thanks again to our sponsors!


It’s our 10th anniversary! Come celebrate GIS Day with Los Angeles County!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm

Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year we are Putting LA County on the Map. 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.

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

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

Booth and map gallery registration
Speaker registration

More information about the event is posted online:

•   For general information:
•   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
•   Photos from past years event:

For questions about the day, don’t hesitate to contact Nick Franchino at

Click here to view or download the 2017 LA County GIS Day flyer

The USA Today Network maps the whole US-Mexico border

This is a good article discussing how GIS was used by the USA Today Network to map the current US-Mexico border.  The idea is to show what is there now (before anything is built – or not built).

Direct link to the narrative from USA today is here: