March 2015
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Story map of LA City Major Projects

This website is one of the nicest uses of the ESRI Story Map Template I’ve seen – showing major projects in the City of Los Angeles as put together by the LA City Department of Planning.

I like how the site plans are included, along with relevant documents like the Environmental Impact Statements, etc.


CGIA Award Nominations due Friday!

Nominations for the 2015 California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) Awards are due this Friday, April 3rd. Five awards are available to bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program for outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS:

– Chairman’s Award: Honor a person for his/her contributions in GIS technology – Exemplary Systems Award: […]

Geospatial LA visit to the LA County Public Library Map Collection

Geospatial LA has arranged a tour of the LA County Public Library Map Collection with LAPL map librarian Glen Creason, with drinks and GIS shop talk to follow.

There are a few cool things to check out at the Map Collection (see this link), but I am excited to hear about […]

Microsoft Power Map – not quite GIS, but pretty cool

Excel is an awesome tool – I use it a lot for data integrity, data entry, etc. Microsoft has enabled some data visualization inside of Excel. It’s not GIS, but it’s pretty cool. Of course you can’t actually get XY coordinates from their geocoding engine, but it can be useful. It’s a 3D […]

Blank areas in caches – how to avoid 404 areas

This was passed along to me by Yoko Myers, one of our crack analysts. As we developed our map caches, we did not want to spend time caching the entire area of the map service (for example the water areas between the mainland and Catalina Island) so we generally use the actual county […]

CA GIS Council Agenda for April 6th, 2015

Hello everyone,

The next meeting of the California GIS Council is April 6th from 1-3 PM. If you are in Southern California you can join us at my office, otherwise there will be an online meeting option as well. The CA GIS council is the primary forum for enabling GIS across the state, providing feedback […]

Guest Lecture at Pasadena City College

GeoTech PCC Guest Lecture Series Spring 2015

Thursday, April 2 from 7-9pm

Pasadena City College, Room E220



7-8 PM Jonathan Robinson (City of Pasadena) – An Evening with City of Pasadena GIS 8-9 PM Chandler Sterling (City of Pasadena and MaptimeLA) – Anatomy of a Web Map RSVP at […]

Enterprise GIS Committee – Agenda for March 17th 2015

Please find the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting here: eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – March 2015

We will have a couple of GIS demonstrations that I look forward to: One from Regional Planning, and one from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).


It’s About Time: University of Redlands Integrates High-Tech Mapping Throughout Curriculum

Hmmm, should we think about inviting them to GIS Day?

For the first time, geographic information system technology is extending into traditionally non-technological majors at the California university, where information of all sorts is merged and analyzed with computerized maps.

(Tribune News Service) — The reach of geographic information system technology extends across Redlands, […]

Recent Changes to California’s Offshore Boundary

Last week, American Surveyor published an article regarding a recent United States Supreme Court decree that changed how California’s offshore boundary is defined.

For many years, the boundary between California’s and United States federal offshore territory was ‘ambulatory’, meaning its location was controlled by a coastline that moved, subject to natural erosion […]