October 2011
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eGIS Site crosses 100,000 views all time!

Hello everyone,

We crossed a pretty big threshhold today – this site just reached 100,000 views! I track these statistics pretty regularly to ensure that the information that I provide shows value for everyone. Thanks for checking the site out! The other cool thing is that it’s not just my content (a lot of what […]

ESRI’s CityEngine 2011 – looks very cool

Check out this new software: http://www.esri.com/software/cityengine/index.htm

There is a video on the page. At first I was thinking that the software is a bit ridiculous, and then about 30 seconds it clicked and I went “WOW!”

A VERY cool tool for planners. Who needs 3D analyst!

GIS Day Proclamation Approved by LA County Board of Supervisors

LA County’s Board of Supervisors approved a motion this past Tuesday to declare November 16th, 2011 as GIS Day! I’m looking forward to the 15th, where the GIS Day committee, who has been working very hard on the upcoming event, while attend the Board meeting and get a beautiful scroll, which we plan to have […]

Google Styled Maps – when will ESRI give us that?

Map Style Samples

In looking around regarding Google’s new charging model, I saw documentation about Google’s Styled Maps – where you can customize the look of the Google Maps. This is super cool!

Link to a page showing 8 different samples.

When will ESRI allow us to […]

Google to begin charging for its maps

Most of us have taken for granted that commercial mapping APIs are free (Google, Bing, etc). One thing that results from that is that a question I always need to answer is why we don’t ONLY use the free services coming from Google. There are a few reasons:

Google can place advertising on its maps […]

LA County 2011 GIS Day Floor plans released

Floor plan

The GIS Day Committee has completed the final versions of the floor plans for this year’s 2011 GIS Day. Thanks to Public Works and their great team for putting this together!

There are two floor plans – one for a nice sunny day, where booths will be outside, and […]

See what people are editing using Google MapMaker – LIVE!

Live feed of changes

Google just opened up Canada for updating their maps – and along with it they had a link to a map that shows what people are updating right now. It’s pretty darn cool!



SpotOn acquired by ESRI – their Vantage product integrates ESRI and Cognos

Jim Wilkinson from ISD passed this news along to me. The County uses SpotOn to integrate our Countywide Business Intelligence (CBI) Software, Cognos, with our ESRI GIS software – the CBI has had a license for SpotOn for a while.

Jim’s group will be demonstrating the power of this integration at our coming GIS Day […]

Find historic maps from around the world


A good friend of mine, Joel Myhre, turned me on to this site: http://www.davidrumsey.com/ where they have a GIS interface to search for old maps.

Very cool site – you’ll see a lot of old information there.

I found a cool old map of LA City there – now […]

CSUN Graduate Certificate Program in GIS – Information Session at DPW


Following up on a recent post, Marianne Jeffers wanted me to pass along this further information about the new CSUN GIS-T Program. There is an upcoming information session at DPW on Monday, October 24th. More details in the flyer.

Link to the flyer: CSUN GIS-T Flyer (.pdf file)