January 2012
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Highest Definition Image of Earth Ever

NASA today released a new, high-resolution “Blue Marble” image of the Earth taken from NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite — Suomi NPP. This composite image is 8000 x 8000, and uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on Jan. 4, 2012, according to NASA. For those of you […]

Neighbors White Pages – get your neighbors phone numbers from a map


Your neighbor's phone numbers

Looks like they’ve geocoded the entire white pages – this could be good in case of emergency, but not great from a privacy perspective (although I’ve seen a lot worse on other site):


You are invited to the meeting of the California Land Surveyors Association


I wanted to pass this along. It’s a good opportunity for the GIS and Surveyor communities to talk shop.

The meeting is Thursday, February 2nd at 6 PM.

Here’s the meeting flyer: CLSA_LA_February 2012 (pdf file)

Public Works Annexation Maps for Cities in Los Angeles County

Glendale Annexations (sample)

Our Public Works department has been doing some neat maps showing annexations for all cities in LA County – this is both interesting (to see how cities have grown) and valuable, since these are high-quality and give the legal changes over time.

Here’s a sample from my city […]

January eGIS Committee Meeting – Agenda

Please find the agenda for next week’s meeting attached: January – 2012_0117.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

I’m looking forward to Wendy Harn’s demonstration of the Sheriff’s new Crime Mapping and Analysis site which includes information from both LASD and LAPD (it’s an internal application). I have attached a screenshot to the right.


Taming Python Scripts in ArcGIS

I just got this post forwarded from ESRI – it appears to have a great set of courses to help you do Python scripting (Python is the scripting or automation language from ESRI). I’ve always had issues with Python – I used to be an expert ArcView 3.3 Avenue (here’s a little guide […]

New York Times Census Map

Thanks Junior for passing along – I think you’ll find it interesting.

Remember about a year ago you filled out a census form? Well, here are the result of this process. What you will see is a Map of the US – not just the 48 states but all of the 50 states. Territories are […]

GIS Job – Amador County Transportation Commission

Passed along by Carol Ostergren

“The Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) is seeking an entry or mid-level Information Technology (IT) Manager and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician to help operate a newly constructed teleconference/telepresence facility and a GIS mapping and planning tool (UPlan). This person will join a small staff of four people working at […]

Must Read – The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See

US Map

This is a must read for all GIS folks! It’s a quick read.

Isaac Martinez from CSS forwarded this link to me. This is one of the best articles about the art of making maps, and why good maps take a long time to make. If you use the […]

Free Webinar – LA County’s Location Management System (LMS)

Hi everyone,

I’ll be doing a webinar next week in conjunction with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) about our Location Management System (http://gis.lacounty.gov/lms) . Thought I would pass it along.

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 2:00–3:00 pm Eastern Time (note this is 11 AM Pacific Time).

The County of Los Angeles Geographic Information Systems […]