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Call for participation for combined GIS super event of the year! CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs

The call for proposals is now open for CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs! Please visit the website below for more information and to submit your great work!

Palm Springs, California – Convention Center

October 9 – 12, 2018

Press release:

Call for proposals:

GIS-Pro has not been in California since 2009, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet, share and learn with your colleagues from around the state AND internationally.

CalGIS 2018 & GIS-Pro are cosponsored by CGIA, the California Chapters of URISA and URISA International.

Holiday Maps and GIS Related Sites for 2017

Get in the spirit this year with all things maps or GIS related. Some highlights (from various sources)…

LA County Holiday Decorations Web Map


Oakland County Michigan – Crowdsourced Holiday lights


Temecula California Holiday Lights Map


New York Public Library’s Christmas Cards


Esri Holiday Travels Story Map (How Holiday Travel Affects Traffic around America’s Busiest Airports)


Christmas Candy by State


Your State’s Favorite Holiday Movie


NORAD Tracks Santa (for Christmas Eve)


Access to Los Angeles County Cadastral Landbase Data

The Cadastral Landbase is the foundation for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ transportation, mapping, and infrastructure, and is an integral part of project workflows and GIS applications. The Landbase is continuously updated with the most current land information.

The website provided in the link provides the Cadastral Landbase data in CADD (.DGN) and GIS (.GDB) file format and may be accessed here:

For any questions regarding the website or data, please contact Carrie Wiley,, 626-458-7355.


Santa Monica College – GIS Courses Begins Feb 12th

Classes at Santa Monica College begins on February 12, 2018. A list of GIS classes can be found here:


Rio Hondo College GIS Courses start Jan 29th

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of January 29th 2018.

Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Available courses include Introduction to GIS (GIS 120), Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra), also offered is GIS Applications (GIS 220) on Fridays and a second offering TTh evening, and the Environmental GIS (GIS 230) course on MW evening.

Waivers are available if you are unable to meet prerequisites due to scheduling, if you have experience using GIS or attended an introductory course elsewhere. Contact for support. For more information on the courses you can view here and you can follow steps here to register.

P.S. Did you know select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities?

LA County GIS Day 2017 Update

The event is in the books!  Thanks for all those that made it a successful event. Our pictures are up and we even have a video from the drone!  There were posts on several social media platforms and hopefully you saw some of those.

2017 Event Information:
If you attended our event, please take our brief survey – give us feedback so we can make improvements for next year! – CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Thanks again to our sponsors!


It’s our 10th anniversary! Come celebrate GIS Day with Los Angeles County!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm

Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year we are Putting LA County on the Map. Come learn:

•   how your government uses GIS to make better decisions
•   about opportunities for studying GIS at local universities and colleges
•   how GIS technology helps improve our daily lives

There are two ways to join in the fun – as an Attendee or Participant.

You do not need to register to attend this event; just come and enjoy.

Register to reserve a booth for your organization, make a presentation, or post maps in the gallery. We are soliciting your abstracts for presentations and maps for the map gallery.

Booth and map gallery registration
Speaker registration

More information about the event is posted online:

•   For general information:
•   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
•   Photos from past years event:

For questions about the day, don’t hesitate to contact Nick Franchino at

Click here to view or download the 2017 LA County GIS Day flyer

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).

Direct link to the narrative from USA today is here:


Why We Code

Paul Ramsey’s keynote address from FOSS4G 2017, Why We Code, is now online. Open source software is everywhere around us, and this video presentation provides insight into the economics of open source ecosystems. Different people contribute to open source projects for many reasons, and his presentation dispels numerous myths.

FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software 4 Geospatial) is the world’s largest annual conference dedicated to open source GIS software, drawing attendees from over 40 countries. The event rotates to a different continent each year. This year’s event was hosted in Boston, and 2018 will be a first for the African continent, hosted in Dar es Salaam.

FOSS4G 2017’s Post Conference Information is worth visiting, and we are starting to see a trickle of conference videos being uploaded on Vimeo.

Interested in a Master’s in GIS or Geospatial Science?

Passing this along:

If you are interested in pursuing education & careers in the data science field, Master’s in Data Science recently expanded their coverage to include geospatial science and geographic information systems (GIS).  Take a look at is a project of Degree Prospects, LLC, which was incorporated in 2008, and creates education-focused websites across a range of subject areas and student populations.

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Passing this along.  Thanks Thierno Diallo (LACDPW) for forwarding to us:

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 maps that are 50 years old and beyond.  We have lots of different sets of maps as well, from old wall sheet maps to older zone change ordinances, certificates of exceptions, etc.  This is important information that we are able to serve via GIS web mapping applications to our staff.