September 2015
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USGS Topographic Map Explorer

Curbed LA has a good article about a new USGS site that lets you overlay old and new topographic maps – really cool interface too.

Link to the article

Link to the map explorer

Create your own street views

I recently got a demonstration from Mapillary ( – it’s a new startup that is creating street view style imagery from crowdsourced imagery – pretty interesting.

Basically – you take a number of pictures as you walk or drive down the street, load them to mapillary, and they process them into street views. […]

Energy Atlas for Los Angeles Released

This atlas was released today – it provides basic mapping of energy use by building across Los Angeles County.  LARIAC data and the County CAMS Locator were at the heart of these analyses, since they provided the building information as well as the geocoding used to complete this task.


HackerLab and GeoDev Meetup in Santa Monica

What are you doing September 29? There will be an Esri GeoDev Meetup in Santa Monica that night, and we’d love it if you could join us.

During the day, we are hosting our first ever HackerLab event! This is a free, four-hour, hands-on, strategically guided lab for developers that will cover how to […]

This Map Will Tell You If Your City’s Pollution Could Affect Your Health

The new map launches as international researchers sound louder alarms about air pollution’s profound health effects in China.

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link to interactive map:

Ever wondered about how your town or travel destination’s air quality might affect your health? Here’s your chance to find out.


Cal State LA GIS Certificate Program

Passing this along

Greetings from Cal State L.A.!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science at the new Cal State LA downtown campus.

The campus is located at 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (on the corner of 8th and […]

LA County GIS Day announcement

You are invited to join us for Los Angeles County’s 8th annual GIS Day!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 9:00am to 3:00pm Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court 200 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year’s event is titled Mapping for a Better LA. The event is designed for the […]

These Maps are Fake, But You’ll Still Want to Explore Them

We all take great strides to provide the highest quality and accuracy of our maps. This article might be enjoyed by the creative minds among us. The article begins…

“Most maps depict a real place in the world, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Sometimes images that look like maps can be excellent […]

eGIS Meeting Agenda for September

Hello – please find today’s meeting agenda attached here:Â eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – September 15, 2015

Google Maps floods coastline of LA County !!!

It was brought to my attention that Google Maps appears to show flooding along the coast of LA.  My suspicion is that either someone messed with their data using Google MapMaker, recently re-opened, or perhaps they pulled an older, incorrect data source.  I’ve reported it, and they are usually very good […]