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Map showing environmental hazards by Census Tract released by the EPA

enviroscreenSaw this article in the LA Times (click here for the article) and followed it to a map showing environmental hazards by Census Tract.  Definitely ArcGIS Online, but a good use of the tool!

Here is a link to the map

CalEPA announced the site on its website (click to access the website and the map viewer)

 

LA County GIS Viewer Upgrade – April 26, 2014

This in an important announcement regarding a number of GIS applications maintained by the County of Los Angeles.

On Saturday, April 26th, 2014, the Enterprise GIS Group will be upgrading all of the Geocortex GIS Viewers to the newest version.  Geocortex Essentials 4 is a major new release of this software, and forms the foundation for the next generation of web-enabled GIS technologies.  To learn more details, click here to read the Latitude Press release.

What will you see on Monday? 

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Los Angeles County creates 140 GIS positions

Today, April 22nd, I am very happy to report that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the reclassification of 140 existing positions into the GIS classification series that was approved two years ago (click here for that older announcement).  This included the creation of a new item, GIS Technician I, to fill out our complete GIS series.

To view the board letter, click here (Reclassification Board Letter).

This action will the County’s ability to hire and retain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff that will help the County use geography and GIS technologies to support the citizens of the County more effectively for emergency response, citizen engagement, child and family well being, and analyis and decision making.

5 years of effort have finally come to this – that the County recognizes that the work of these 140 staff is focused on geographic technologies, not on the disparate positions that they were hired on.  Thank you to the staff who have waited and labored patiently, doing a great job while waiting for this day.

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Open event – Los Angeles Regional GIS Meeting

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Next week we will be having a special meeting, open to anyone in Southern California, where we will have a special guest - Scott Gregory, CA State GIO, and what promises to be an interesting demonstration of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) from the Aerospace Corporation.

This is an opportunity for GIS staff, students, practitioners, to hear the plans of the State GIO regarding his goals for advancing GIS statewide, and to provide input and goals for local agencies and staff aligned with that vision.

I highly recommend that you attend if you have even a little bit of free time.  Pass along to your colleagues as well!

After the event, we will have a networking social (non-hosted) organized by Geospatial LA at 38 degrees alehouse and grill nearby.

ArcGIS 10.2.2 available

I’ve heard about a lot of issues with ArcGIS 10.2.1 (I’m still on 10.2) – but here you go!

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Port of LA hiring a GIS student

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS student position in our Engineering division.

Requirements:

  • Under grad students must be in school full-time (9 semester units or 12 quarter units) and must maintain at 2.5 GPA.
  • Grad students must be in school full-time (6 semester units or 8 quarter units) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students can work a max of 20 hours/week during school year and 40 hours/week during summer.

Position pays $13.46 – $16.72 per hour.
Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Students, please submit resume to Christine Thome, by Friday, May 16th, 2014, at: GIS@portla.org
Christine Thome

Enterprise GIS Manager

 

Port of Los Angeles                

425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Email: gis@portla.org

CalGIS 2014 Recap #1 – Big Data

I got back from the 2014 CalGIS Conference yesterday.  For those of you who haven’t been, I highly recommend it – it is a small conference focused on California, and is non-vendor specific.

I’ll be posting some recaps of what I took away from the conference – I got a lot out of it (including talking with Jack Dangermond for 45 minutes on the plane ride home), but I wanted to start with something fun – big data.

Google presented about what they can do with big data – in this case time-lapse videos of change from satellite data.  You can go anywhere in the world and see these videos.

Link to Google Earth Engine

How To Interpret a Satellite Image

This is a good read; and not too long.  From Earth Imaging Journal, January/February 2014.

Five basic strategies will help you discover a wealth of knowledge.

Click here for the article.  Credits to:  Holli Riebeek, NASA Earth Observatory (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov), Greenbelt, Md.

 

Reminder – no eGIS Meeting tomorrow

Just a reminder that we will be meeting on the 29th instead.

LA County GIS Data Portal adds instructional videos

instructional_videosWe have a pair of instructional videos for the LA County GIS Data Portal that will help you make better use of the data.  The first video shows you how to find and download GIS data from our site, while the second shows you how to use free software to begin making maps with our free data.

Thank you Public Works, and John Hickock in particular, for making this for us!

Click here to go to the videos page.