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Welcome Steve Steinberg! New LA County GIO!

Re-posting – because it’s important (thanks Michael Carson).

Congratulations to Steve Steinberg on becoming the new Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the County of Los Angeles. He will be working from the Internal Services Department (ISD); for those of you that want to know.

Before joining the County, Steve was the Principal Scientist and Department Head for Information Management and Analysis at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), a public agency for environmental research located in Costa Mesa.

Steve has extensive experience with geospatial analysis technologies including GIS, remote sensing, and image analysis in interdisciplinary applications.  He has a B.S. in Natural Resources, a M.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Management, and a Ph.D. in Forestry (Geospatial Sciences).  He also has co-authored books, such as GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives (2015) and GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place (2006).

Oblique satellite imagery from PlanetLabs

Wanted to pass this along: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/these-oblique-satellite-images-are-pretty-amazing/

These are oblique imagery from the satellites from Planet Labs.

There are some potential applications, too, beyond the “wow” factor of the images. Taking stereo images of an object from different angles will allow for the derivation of height. And taking images from many different angles will allow for the construction of a 3D model of a mountain or be used to track urban growth in cities.

There is even enough resolution in the SkySat images for commodity traders to track the volumes of coal at a site, the depth of mines, or even to determine the height of shipping containers to measure the outflow of goods from a port.

Oblique imagery of Zion National Park (one of my favorite places)

Interactive Nuclear Blast Map

A bit creepy, but GIS nonetheless.

Interactive Nuclear Blast Map

Interactive Nuclear Blast Map


Big Data Day LA 2018

This post has been updated. The original, August 18 date has been moved to Saturday, August 11. Per Subash, valid tickets issued with the previous tentative date will still be honored.

Registration for Big Data Day LA is now open.

There has been a rise in the field of Data Science and a host of technologies that surround this field. With over a dozen different knowledge tracks, this event covers a wide range of subjects ranging from material that will challenge hard core data scientists down to introductory material for newbies in this field.

These presentations explain technologies like the IoT, Hadoop, Spark, Redis, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, etc. Examples of the use of these emerging technologies in GIS can be found in the FOSS4G 2017 presentations or this short video from Planet (formerly Planet Labs).

When explaining Big Data, I like to use this example. Once upon a time, TV ratings were computed from a handful of Nielsen boxes placed in a given city. Today, every second watched by every PC, phone, or tablet on Netflix is tracked, and new content is created based on predictive analytics.

Register: https://www.bigdatadayla.com/
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Times: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Where: USC Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles
Cost: Free if you register before April 30; $40 if you register in May and June

Notes: This event usually fills very, very fast.

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow – Presented by SoCal URISA (LA)

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Keystakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

Los Angeles Workshop:

Wed, February 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

Los Angeles Fire Department
Metropolitan Fire Communications Center
500 E. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/NG911-LA

4 GISP CEUs are granted to attendees!

Limit of 35 attendees.


2018 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute (gisci.org) is proud to announce its Map Contest for 2018, with a freestyle theme allowing you to create a map with a topic and style of your own choosing.

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 geoanalytical skills. Winning maps will be displayed at the 2018 Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego.

More information on prizes, contest rules, specifications, and judging criteria can be found at the GISCI map contest page. If you have a great map idea that is crying to be discovered, please don’t delay. The deadline for your submittal is March 31, 2018.

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: http://www.urisa.org/news/2018/01/22/press-release/presentation-proposals-invited-for-gis-pro-calgis-2018-in-palm-springs/

Call for proposals: http://www.urisa.org/gisprocalgis2018call

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: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/general/DGN/

For any questions regarding the website or data, please contact Carrie Wiley, cwiley@dpw.lacounty.gov, 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: