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SCAG Story Map Student Challenge

Calling all students! The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently accepting abstracts for a student showcase at our annual Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 4 and 5 in Palm Desert. SCAG is looking for outstanding student work in two categories: sustainability planning posters and Esri StoryMaps using SCAG data.

They are providing a Story Maps training session on April 7, 2017 also.

For complete information, click here.


Python for Street Network

Thanks to Lillian Coral of LA City for passing this interesting set of tools along:

OSMnx is a Python package for downloading administrative boundary shapes and street networks from OpenStreetMap. It allows you to easily construct, project, visualize, and analyze complex street networks in Python with NetworkX. You can get a city’s or neighborhood’s walking, driving, or biking network with a single line of Python code. Then you can simply visualize cul-de-sacs or one-way streets, plot shortest-path routes, or calculate stats like intersection density, average node connectivity, or betweenness centrality. You can download/cite the paper here.

In a single line of code, OSMnx lets you download, construct, and visualize the street network for, say, Modena Italy:

importosmnx as ox
ox.plot_graph(ox.graph_from_place('Modena, Italy'))


Full information here

Esri Developer Summit 2017 On Video

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Last week, Esri hosted its 12th Annual International Developer Summit in Palm Springs.

For those who missed the event, the Plenary Sessions are now available online, which may provide some insights to where the company is going. In a nutshell, this event is for those who create maps and apps, presented by those who create maps and apps.

Maps and Charts for Valentine’s Day (from Geoawesomeness)

From our friends at Geoawesomeness (is that a place?  sounds cool!  it’s a blog, actually)

Top 14 maps and charts that explain Valentine’s Day

Here’s the link:  http://geoawesomeness.com/top-14-maps-charts-explain-valentines-day/

The Undiscovered Country

If you are a regular user of PostGIS, you probably already know that Paul Ramsey is its most well known champion. In a keynote he gave at Geomatiqué 2016 in Montreal, he provided some insights on where GIS is evolving.

He explained how GIS tends to lag about five years behind most other technologies. Concepts like Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning are not all that new. What drives technological change is not the breakthroughs as much as the mass accessibility to those breakthroughs.

Yes, he borrowed the title of his presentation from Star Trek VI, but if you take the time to go through his well remarked slides, you might really enjoy his insights into how our GIS infrastructure is changing. You’ll see the often recurring quote,

“First it becomes possible, then it becomes so cheap that anyone can do it… and that’s where it gets interesting.”

San Diego International Airport Interactive Map

San Diego International Airport developed an interactive map (mobile Geocortex viewer) to show locations for dining, shopping, relaxing, etc. with photos and information. I think it’s worth checking out!



Los Angeles Geospatial Summit on Feb 24th

The Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is an annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. It will be on Friday, February 24, 2017 .

Topics include:

  • Learn about Google Geo and the power of location-based services and analysis in all parts of the business enterprise in the opening keynote address.
  • Get the industry lowdown on the potential and opportunities from drones with GIS.
  • Hear how the City of Los Angeles GeoHub and the impact of open data on government.
  • Find out new “tips and tricks” for GPS data collection.
  • Get mentorship advice.
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the day.
  • Gain experience in presenting and listening to “lightning talks” and poster presentation.
  • Talk with company and organization representatives at the lunchtime Knowledge Network tables:
    • BAE Systems
    • California Geographic Information Association
    • California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc.
    • County of Los Angeles
    • Esri
    • SoCal URISA

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and lunch)

Students: $40
CGIA and SoCal URISA Members and USC alumni: $60
Professionals: $70

Qualifies for GISP credit

Intro to GIS Course and Online GIS Certificate at UCLA Extension

UCLA Extension is offering an online Introduction to GIS course starting on January 16, 2017.  Enrollment is open to the public and will continue until January 23, 2017.

This course is the first course in UCLA Extension’s online certificate program in geographic information systems (GIS) and technology.  This fully-online, one-year certificate program provides a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art methods and techniques within the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial technology. All courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and no prior GIS experience is required or assumed. Participants who complete the program can expect to be sufficiently prepared for an entry-level job in GIS and/or related geospatial industries.

Registration and more information can be found at: https://www.uclaextension.edu/LandingPages/Engineering/gis.html

Intro to GIS Course at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College is offering an Introduction to GIS starting on February 16, 2017.

GIS 20, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

GIS are computer-based systems used to collect, store and analyze geographic information. This course will present the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Topics include: Identification and acquisition of GIS data; Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Spatial analysis and modeling with GIS will also be presented.

GIS 20 is the same course as Geography 20. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

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Here is a link to the college home page so that you can register:

Rio Hondo College GIS Courses

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start the week of January 30th.

Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Available courses include two Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) courses including one located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra), also offered is Cartography (GIS 221), Crime Mapping (GIS 281) and Intermediate GIS (GIS 281).

To register for classes, you must first apply for admission (entirely free online). Directions for applying for admission and registering for the classes can be found at https://www.riohondo.edu/admissions/apply-for-admission/.

For additional information, contact Prof. Warren Roberts wroberts@riohondo.edu  (P.S. Did you know select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities?)