October 2014
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eGIS Committee Agenda for October 2014

Please see the agenda for today’s eGIS committee meeting attached below.

October 2014 eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

GIS Day – Manager Track

We are bringing back the Manager Track for GIS Day 2014.

This is a special half-day track for County managers who want an introduction to GIS and learn how it can support their operations. This track will focus on providing a non-technical understanding of GIS and show how GIS is used across the County to improve the efficiency of departmental operations.

Click here to view more information

Click here to register

Twitter map of sunrise

This live map showing tweets about sunrise, connected to the actual map of the world, is really cool! Click on the image to view the live map


EGIS Committee meeting for October


I will send out a more detailed agenda tomorrow but I wanted to remind folks of our meeting tomorrow. I look forward to a presentation from DPSS on their boundary redistricting project and we will discuss the classification exams and share notes.

See you tomorrow.

Maps of water use by water agency

per_capita_water_useWanted to share a pair of maps that someone made based upon the Water Purveyor Service Areas dataset available from the LA County GIS Data Portal.

This is the power of sharing – it comes back in interesting ways.

Click here to see the map of Per Capita Water Use

Click here to see the map of percent change.


The Trouble with the Purple Election Map

Mike Henderson from LAFCO found this article – I think it is a great twist on one of the great mapping questions of our time – Red vs. Blue vs. Purple (and now Grey) chloropleth maps of elections.

Click here to go to the article.


FOSS4G 2014 Videos Available

If anyone missed the FOSS4G 2014 international conference in Portland, we can thank the presenters and event organizers for their generosity. This year’s 187 General Sessions were recorded and are available online for all of us.

The videos cover a wide range of subjects, including 3D printing, GDAL scripting, web development, and integrating open source tools into traditional GIS shops, to name a few. If watching these videos whets your appetite for more open source GIS, mark your calendars for FOSS4G North America on March 9-12, 2015 in San Francisco.

URISA Certified Workshops – to be Presented Virtually!

Passing this along from URISA.

URISA is pleased to announce the presentation of two of its most popular Certified Workshops via instructor-led web-based training.  Normally full-day classroom sessions, each workshop has been re-packaged into three sections for presentation virtually without the travel expense and time away from work. The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credit (8 hours of EDU-2). The cost to attend each virtual workshop is $195 for URISA members and $245 for non-members.

URISA’s virtual classrooms are limited according to the number of participants in order to facilitate online discussions and Q&A with the presenters. Individuals are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot. (Note that the workshops are recorded, so if for some reason you cannot attend all three sections of a workshop, you will have complete access to the recorded archive.) A registration form and FULL details are available online.


Introduction to Open Source GIS Software

This 8-hour workshop will be presented virtually over three days:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Course Description: Free and open source software (FOSS) has been offering choices to computer users for a number of years. Over the past few years the open source choices in GIS have been broader and more capable than ever before. This workshop will focus on GIS open source software. It will give an overview of current developments from technical and management perspectives. Selected packages and their applications in various projects will be demonstrated and discussed.


Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Course Description: Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

Climb Mount Everest in 3D

everestThis is pretty cool – climb Mt. Everest in a 3D map: http://everestavalanchetragedy.com/mt-everest-journey.html


LARIAC Training Dates

For LARIAC participants, Pictometry will be providing a number of training opportunities in the coming months.  Read the descriptions, and register if you are interested.

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