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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: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/general/DGN/

For any questions regarding the website or data, please contact Carrie Wiley, cwiley@dpw.lacounty.gov, 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:

http://www2.smc.edu/schedules/2018/spring/classes/181_geographicinformation.html

 

Rio Hondo College GIS Courses start Jan 29th

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

http://riohondo.isteaching.com/spring-semester-2018.html

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 wroberts@riohondo.edu 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.

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

PARTICIPANTS:
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: https://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/
•   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):  http://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/frequently-asked-questions-faq/
•   Photos from past years event: http://egis3.lacounty.gov/eGIS/gisday/gis-day-pictures/

For questions about the day, don’t hesitate to contact Nick Franchino at nfranchino@planning.lacounty.gov.

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).  https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/usa-today-network-maps-whole-us-mexico-border/

Direct link to the narrative from USA today is here:  https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/

 

Why We Code

Paul Ramsey’s keynote address from FOSS4G 2017, Why We Code, is now online. Open source software is everywhere around us, and this video presentation provides insight into the economics of open source ecosystems. Different people contribute to open source projects for many reasons, and his presentation dispels numerous myths.

FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software 4 Geospatial) is the world’s largest annual conference dedicated to open source GIS software, drawing attendees from over 40 countries. The event rotates to a different continent each year. This year’s event was hosted in Boston, and 2018 will be a first for the African continent, hosted in Dar es Salaam.

FOSS4G 2017’s Post Conference Information is worth visiting, and we are starting to see a trickle of conference videos being uploaded on Vimeo.

Interested in a Master’s in GIS or Geospatial Science?

Passing this along:

If you are interested in pursuing education & careers in the data science field, Master’s in Data Science recently expanded their coverage to include geospatial science and geographic information systems (GIS).  Take a look at http://www.mastersindatascience.org/specialties/geospatial-science/

 

 

MastersInDataScience.org is a project of Degree Prospects, LLC, which was incorporated in 2008, and creates education-focused websites across a range of subject areas and student populations.

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Passing this along.  Thanks Thierno Diallo (LACDPW) for forwarding to us:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-10/nobody-knows-what-lies-beneath-new-york-city

We have been doing projects here in the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning that remind me of some of the efforts mentioned in this article. While we are not mapping the underground, we are scanning and georeferencing maps that are 50 years old and beyond.  We have lots of different sets of maps as well, from old wall sheet maps to older zone change ordinances, certificates of exceptions, etc.  This is important information that we are able to serve via GIS web mapping applications to our staff.

ILLUSTRATION: HUDSON CHRISTIE

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!!!