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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 GeoSpatial data to send/’route’ an 9-1-1 call to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Why the move to NG911? The current system is antiquated (think look-up tables). The public is using technologically advanced devices and applications that can provide helpful data that is currently NOT made available in the 911 system. The public have expectations that these technologies should work the same when contacting 911. “If Pizza Hut and Starbucks can see your name, location and get real-time updated information, why can’t public safety?”

On an GIS-Technology side, What has to happen to get to NG911? A Lot! But at an initial level… Address information containing street segments must be GIS based! (Currently in a tabular form. MSAG & ALI.) There is a lot to do, as per the NENA Guidance Documents; Suffice to say, it’s a ‘heavy lift’ process to achieve all required and recommended components for NG911, but it is not unrealistic. The Los Angeles County’s Countywide Address Management (CAMS) Program is a starting place to achieve the NG911 GIS data standards of accuracy and completeness.

What is LA County’s Role? 

  • Departments, Committees and Staff in Los Angeles County are participating in their respective Technology/Specialty component of NG911. The eGIS group via the CAMS Program is involved with things GIS related.
  • California Next Generation 9-1-1 GIS Task Force facilitated by CalOES. LA County is honored to have the LA County 9-1-1 Coordinator (Ella – Representing PSAP’s) and CAMS Coordinator (Rachel – Representing GIS) work together as co-chairs of the State of California’s NG911 GIS Task Force.

For more information please contact: Rachel R. Rodriguez, eGIS (rrodriguez3@isd.lacounty.gov

(This post is informational only, in order to provide links to the eGIS pages for the projects.)

Data Con LA 2019 Registration is Open

Data Con LA, formerly known as Big Data Day LA, is open for registration. The one day event is currently scheduled for Saturday, either August 10 or 17, 2019, at USC. The final date will be announced at the end of April. Taking advantage of Early Bird pricing simply means you’ll need to tie down an extra Saturday for a month or so.

This is the largest data conference of its kind in Southern California, with plenty of knowledge tracks and interesting people to meet. If you plan to attend, registering early is a good idea. This event fills quickly.

Date: Saturday, August 17
Location: USC Marshall School of Business, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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):  https://www.manhattantimesnews.com/census-2020-a-tech-takecenso-2020-una-version-tecnologica/

 

Bulletins for GIS Analyst, GIS Sr. Analyst, Principal GIS Analyst and GIS Specialist (Feb 2019)

The County of Los Angeles has posted job bulletins for the following GIS Analyst series position(s).

These positions are open for applications for 3 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

 

Geographic Information Systems Analyst

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2294304/geographic-information-systems-analyst

 

Senior Geographic Information Systems Analyst

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2305625/senior-geographic-information-systems-analyst

 

Geographic Information Systems Specialist

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2311566/geographic-information-systems-specialist

 

Principal GIS Analyst (added a few days later, closed 2/26/19) – to February 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2306313/principal-geographic-information-systems-analyst

 

Additional postings for GIS positions:

  • Supervising GIS Technician (internal, transfer opportunity)

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up NOW with Los Angeles County Human Resources to receive this information as soon as it becomes available:

To sign up by job category (select Geographic Information Systems).

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobInterestCards/categories

LA County Bulletins for GIS Managers (Feb 2019)

The County of Los Angeles has posted job bulletins for the following GIS Manager position(s).

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER I

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2312606/geographic-information-systems-manager-i

Open for applications 5 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER II

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2312839/geographic-information-systems-manager-ii

Open for applications 5 business days: February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to February 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Additional postings for GIS positions will be announced in the near future.

  • GIS Specialist
  • Principal GIS Analyst
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • GIS Analyst

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up NOW with Los Angeles County Human Resources to receive this information as soon as it becomes available:

To sign up by job category (select Geographic Information Systems).

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobInterestCards/categories

LA County Bulletins for GIS Technicians (Feb 2019)

As of today (Feb 8,2019) the County of Los Angeles has posted job bulletins for the following GIS position(s).

 

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN I

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2313441/geographic-information-systems-technician-i

Open for applications 5 business days: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

 

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN II

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2315312/geographic-information-systems-technician-ii

Open for applications 5 business days: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

 

SUPERVISING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2320376/supervising-geographic-information-systems-technician

Promotional position, open only to current County employees.

Open for applications 10 business days: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) to Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST)

 

Additional postings for higher-level positions will be announced in the near future.

  • GIS Manager II
  • GIS Manager I
  • GIS Specialist
  • Principal GIS Analyst
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • GIS Analyst

 

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up NOW with Los Angeles County Human Resources to receive this information as soon as it becomes available:

To sign up by job category (select Geographic Information Systems).

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobInterestCards/categories

County of Los Angeles to open GIS exams for all GIS Series Positions (Feb, 2019)

Note: we encourage you to share this information with your staff, colleagues and professional networks to ensure we have the most qualified pool possible.  Most positions are listed as open competitive!

We are pleased to announce that the County of Los Angeles is opening Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position exams for the recruitment of talented staff to fill current vacancies and future GIS positions within the County in support of our GIS recruitment and retention efforts.

All nine GIS items will be posted in the coming days. While the specific date has not been confirmed, we anticipate this will be in mid-February 2019.

Now is the time to prepare to file for these upcoming opportunities. Applicants from the qualified lists will provide the pool for open positions. These exams do not come around often – so this is your best (and perhaps only) opportunity for the next year or so.

Once posted, positions will be open for a very limited time (3-5 days for most). This will be your only opportunity to apply in the current cycle.

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up to receive information as soon as it becomes available:

Positions which will be listed for filing:

  • GIS Manager II
  • GIS Manager I
  • GIS Specialist
  • Principal GIS Analyst
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • GIS Analyst
  • Supervising GIS Technician (open to current County employees only)
  • GIS Technician II
  • GIS Technician I

We encourage candidates to apply for all positions for which they are qualified and interested (filings for multiple positions are welcome).

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 geoanalytical skills. The use of Esri products is encouraged, as winning maps will be displayed at the Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego.

For the GISP Registry data download and more information on prizes, contest rules, specifications, and judging criteria can be found at the GISCI map contest page. If you have great map ideas and you have talents that are crying to be discovered, please don’t delay. The deadline for your submittal is March 31, 2019.

GIS courses at Santa Monica College – Spring 2019

GIS classes are available for the Spring semester at Santa Monica College. This year there are three levels of classes, including the Advanced GIS 27 class.

Click here to view the schedule

 

2019 Spring Semester GIS Courses at Rio Hondo College

Spring Semester GIS Courses at Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of January 26th. Registration is open. GIS classes are on campus and an Intermediate GIS course on location at the LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra). A Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services class (GIS280) is also offered on Tuesday evening.

A list of GIS classes can be found here under heading Learn GIS. Fees are $46/unit and some classes can be used to transfer to CSU, CGU, CSULB & others. Steps for applying for admission and registering for the classes can be found here and can be performed entirely online with no fees. Applying for admission however should be done early to provide you the option to registering without delay as classes can fill quick.

Please contact Professor Warren Roberts at wroberts@riohondo.edu for inquiries about waivers needed for prerequisites and corequisites or any other info that you would like to ask.