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San Francisco Public Art

Congratulations to Nancy Milholland on her application: San Francisco Public Art

Nancy is a student at USC, and this application has made it into the top 5 of the Robert Raskin Mapping Mashup Competition

Members of the LA Regional GIS Forum are getting together to begin building something like […]

Open Source GIS 101, Part 3: gvSIG

gvSIG (Generalitat Valenciana, Sistema d’Informació Geogràfica)

In 2004, one of Spain’s regional government agencies, seeing the benefits of community-driven support and development, began a migration to free and open source software to suit their operational needs.

With local and […]

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Nice visualization of income and rent across America. Although it should be called Rich Tracts, Poor Tracts (Census Tracts are the geographic unit, not blocks) – but then not many folks are familar with Census Tracts (I get a lot of emails about “Census Tracks”).

Take a look: http://www.richblockspoorblocks.com/

Thanks to Joel […]

21 Maps of Highly Segregated Cities in America

Thanks to Joshua James for passing this along. The visualization here is really powerful!

Their map of Los Angeles was powerful – but there are 20 other cities to see. What’s interesting is that for Los Angeles there are a lot more colors (more ethnicities) than for other cities.

Link to […]

Best of California 2013 Call for Nominations

If you have an application that you think has made valuable addition to your organization, the award below is a great way to show it off!


The 2013 Best of California Awards nominations are available online! Visit www.centerdigitalgov.com/2013BestofCA

The Best of California Awards program was established to recognize IT professionals in California state […]

Palo Alto Data access via Google Fusion Tables

This was an interesting piece of information passed along to me from Margaret Carlin. The City of Palo Alto is making some of its GIS data available through Google Fusion Tables.

There are a number of different data access methods out there (check out CKAN, Socrata for some other […]

Literary Map of Los Angeles

Thanks to Betsy Barker for passing this interesting map along showing geographic locations referenced in literary work.

Link to the map Link to the article



Crowdmap relaunching May 6th

If you have heard about Ushahidi, it is a mapping platform to support location-based crowdsourced information.

Crowdmap is the productized version of Ushahidi. I’ve played with it before, and there are some powerful tools there for rapidly creating social mapping applications:

From an email that I received, announcing the re-launch […]

211 LA Announces Research Partnership with UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity

211 is both a phone number and a GIS dataset. In LA County, you can dial 2-1-1 to get information about non-emergency services. These services are stored in a database which is therefore a valuable research tool.

This link between 211 and UCLA is a good one – it will be interesting to see […]

April eGIS Committee Meeting Agenda (draft)

Hello – please find a draft agenda for next week’s eGIS Commitee meeting. I will be at CalGIS in Long Beach so Marianne Jeffers from DPW or Nick Franchino from DRP will lead the meeting.

Agenda: April – 2013_0416.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

On the agenda:

We will […]