February 2020
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World’S Biggest Supercomputer?

Those who follow Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) might enjoy this article, How Blockchain Can Create the World’s Biggest Supercomputer, posted on TechCrunch. I’d like to thank Claudia Paskauskas, PMP, GIS, for forwarding this article.

OSGeo Kids’ Map Gallery

Even as FOSS4G 2016 was ending in Bonn barely two weeks ago, organizers are busily preparing for FOSS4G 2017 in Boston next summer. Among many other things, a Kid’s Map Gallery is being planned, with prizes to be awarded at the closing session. Since many children will not be able to attend […]

Big Data Day L.A.

What is ‘Big Data’? If we gathered all the digital data our civilization has collected from the beginning of time until the year 2000, it would be less than what we now create in a minute.

The dramatic rise of internet usage by phone and the use of other smart devices is something that Esri […]


What: The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a series of free data access webinars to all interested data users. Attendees will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing and business data from the decennial census, American Community Survey, Local Employment Dynamics, economic programs and more.


When: June 1 – […]

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)’s stated mission “applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to humanitarian response and economic development”. In a nutshell, HOT coordinates the work of OpenStreetMap volunteers and aerial mapping vendors, etc. in response to disasters in various parts of the world.

Volunteers often work from the comfort […]

Updates to LA County BaseMap

For those folks who use our online mapping systems, and for those partners who directly leverage our map services, we are rolling out a number of small changes to our cartography in order to make our maps more accurate and useful, as well as more suited to mobile devices.

This post covers changes to our […]

Roam for Windows Tablets

IntraMaps Roam is a free and open source app for offline tablet use, providing a field-friendly interface ‘skin’ on top of QGIS. On tablets we tested, panning, zooming, editing, and taking pictures were extremely smooth and fast. Our prototype tablet had enough local storage to include 4 GB for vector basemap layers plus locally hyperlinked […]

55th Annual Geomatics Engineering Conference

Passing this along from our friends at Fresno State:

Event: 55th Annual Geomatics Engineering Conference Dates: January 29-30, 2016 Location: Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Fresno (2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721) Conference Site: http://www.fresnostategeomatics.com

The Geomatics Engineering Department at Fresno State University extends a warm invitation to their upcoming conference next month. This student-run […]

ESRI releasing vector tile caches

I’m pretty excited about this new development from ESRI – with vector tiles we can be more effective with our basemap cache updates, as well as storing less data on our servers.

Here’s some information from ESRI about vector tile layers: http://doc.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-online/reference/vector-tile-layers.htm

Here’s a link to some beta vector tile caches from ESRI: […]

Drones for LA County?

There has been a lot of news in recent weeks and months regarding drones and I wanted to tie it into some things related to planning, GIS and our aerial imagery programs.

There was an article in the October 2015 issue of Planning Magazine about UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly referred to as drones) […]