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2020 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute is once again happy to announce their annual map contest, and for 2020, the topic and style are up to you!

The use of Esri products is encouraged, as winning maps will be displayed at the Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego. Map submittals may […]

CA Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) – GIS Involvement

What is NG911? Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system that allows digital information (e.g., voice, photos, videos, text messages) to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 9-1-1 network, and on to the 9-1-1 Call taker and on to Emergency Responders. NG911 provides advantages as a technology based solution, which uses […]

A Bit About How GIS Will Be Used in the 2020 Census

This was an article I came across today; re-enforcing some of what we had been hearing about how the Census Bureau was going to handle the 2020 Census. This is about some of their field technology they’ll be using, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Full article here (in English and Spanish):Â Â

2019 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification is once again happy to announce their annual Map Contest, and this year’s theme is creating a GISP location map.

Map submittals may qualify for 1 point under the Contributions to the Profession category towards your GISP certification or recertification, and this contest is a great way to showcase your cartographic and […]

Test Your GeoVocabulary – The Key

Here is the answer key to a crossword puzzle from a previous post.

We hope this puzzle has expanded your geo-vocabulary, even if just a little bit. For your convenience, the PDF contains links to learn more about the answers.

Test Your GeoVocabulary

Many of us like crossword puzzles. Many of us like the work we do. If finding a GIS themed crossword puzzle seemed near impossible, it made sense to create one, and this is what some of us came up with.

It’s a little geeky for the Times, but it will likely challenge […]

The USA Today Network maps the whole US-Mexico border

This is a good article discussing how GIS was used by the USA Today Network to map the current US-Mexico border. The idea is to show what is there now (before anything is built – or not built).  https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/usa-today-network-maps-whole-us-mexico-border/

Direct link to the narrative from USA today is here:Â https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Passing this along. Â Thanks Thierno Diallo (LACDPW) for forwarding to us: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-10/nobody-knows-what-lies-beneath-new-york-city

We have been doing projects here in the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning that remind me of some of the efforts mentioned in this article. While we are not mapping the underground, we are scanning and georeferencing […]

GISCI Map Contest – 2017 Results

Disaster Response

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is proud to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this year’s annual map contest.

The challenge was to develop a map which shows us how GIS could be, or has been used in a disaster response scenario, either real or imagined. Maps showed use […]

Big Data Day LA 2017

Did you ever want to learn more about Hadoop, Spark, and gleaning loosely structured NoSQL data stores for trends? Big Data Day LA offers numerous sessions for everyone from hardcore data scientists to newbies to the world of Big Data. Several of these streams of data contain location information, and Esri has […]