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GIS Analyst Position Open at Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica is looking a full-time GIS Analyst. The annual salary is $94,548.00 – $116,724.00!!

Job Summary

Designs, analyzes and maintains the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) applications databases and manages GIS related projects.

Click here for a full description


Got Story Maps?

I wanted to put together a collection of resources on Story Maps. The County of Los Angeles is really getting into using these more and more. We even put together a training program to show staff how to create them.

Here are some of my favorites…


Story Maps
1 An Introduction to Story Maps (Esri) Esri Story Map - Introduction to Story Maps
2 My Story Map About Story Map Types Nick Franchino's Story Map About Story Map Types
3 LA County Park Needs Assessment Story Map LA County Park Needs Assessment Story Map
4 The Cambridge, MA Story Maps Story Cambridge MA Story Maps Story
5 LA County GIS Day 2016 Story Map LA County's GIS Day 2016 Story Map

BTW…In case you didn’t realize, you can embed story maps within story maps. So there are way more than 5 examples here.  Enjoy!!!





Santa Monica College GIS classes begin Aug 28

GIS Classes at Santa Monica College. Fall semester begins Mon, Aug 28, 2017.

GIS 20, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

GIS are computer-based systems used to collect, store and analyze geographic information. This course will present the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Topics include: Identification and acquisition of GIS data; Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Spatial analysis and modeling with GIS will also be presented.

GIS 20 is the same course as Geography 20. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

4246 5:15p-6:35p TTh BUS 250 Liu J

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GIS 23, Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Geography 20 or GIS 20.

Formerly same course as CIS 23.

This course emphasizes GIS principles and methodology used in both the private and public sectors. Hands-on applications using both raster and vector data and technology will expose students to more advanced understanding of GIS. Students will learn various methods of data acquisition, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as the World Wide Web. The add-on modules extend the analytical capabilities of ArcView and allow input of map features and conversion of feature themes from raster to vector. This course will also provide an introduction to several of ArcView’s extension including Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Students will complete a Model Builder to be used in siting new solar sites. Spatial Analysis will include slope and aspect maps, neighborhood and zone analysis. The course will present single and multi-layer statistical operations including classification, coordination, and modeling analysis.

GIS 23 is the same course as Geography 23. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

4247 6:45p-8:05p TTh BUS 250 Liu J

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Rio Hondo College GIS Fall Semester Classes Start Aug 21

Pursue your GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College.  Registration has started.  Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Fall semester classes include two Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) courses including one located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) at 900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra.  Also offered is Cartography (GIS 221) and Intermediate GIS (GIS 220). For more information visit


URISA: Save the Date

Passing along a ‘Save the Date’ from URISA:

Event: Combined GIS-Pro and CalGIS annual conferences.
Date: October 8-11, 2018
Location: Palm Springs, California

CalGIS is the GIS conference hosted by the four California URISA chapters and rotates to a different part of our state each year. GIS-Pro is the annual GIS conference hosted by the parent URISA organization, which rotates to different cities in North America each year. In 2018, both of these events will simultaneously occur in Southern California.


The City of Downey has an Opening for a GIS Intern

The City of Downey has an opening for a GIS Intern (deadline is 7/17/2017).

Please see the flyer – click here.



Los Angeles County Geographic Information Officer (GIO) Position is Open

Los Angeles County has opened its Geographic Information Officer (GIO) position to outside entities.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking the challenge of running a large GIS operation in the most populous county in the United States!

View job posting

$126,684.00 – $166,152.00 Annually
More about Los Angeles County, click here.

GIS Technician II – Unclassified at County of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Information Services Department GIS group is seeking a GIS Technician.

Title: GIS Technician II – Unclassified*

Location: San Jose, CA

Salary: $5,927.48 – $7,176.17 Monthly

Job Summary:  GIS Technician II will digitize and maintain the GIS data following standard procedures while performing research on a variety of documents for verification. For more details and application submission instruction, please click here.

GISCI Map Contest – 2017 Results

Disaster Response

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is proud to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this year’s annual map contest.

The challenge was to develop a map which shows us how GIS could be, or has been used in a disaster response scenario, either real or imagined. Maps showed use of GIS for preparing for disasters, managing emergencies during an event, or managing post-disaster recovery efforts.

Feel free to visit here to see who won, vote for the People’s Choice award, or view the 2017 contestants’ entries. Visit here to learn more about the prizes that were awarded.

Seeing changes in the world through images of the world at night

A really interesting set of maps about changes in night lights.

“John Nelson, a cartographer at Esri, a digital mapping company, was curious what these lights could tell us about how the world around us had changed over time. Had some areas grown brighter while others had dimmed? And if so, he wondered, what was behind these changes? 

So Nelson used NASA’s satellite images from 2012 and 2016 and calculated the difference in light pixels to see which areas of the world had grown more luminous and which areas went dark.

The resulting maps shows where lights have increased in blue and where lights have diminished in pink in the past five years.”

Link to the article

Link to the NASA site that released the data