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Santa Monica College GIS classes begin Aug 28

GIS Classes at Santa Monica College. Fall semester begins Mon, Aug 28, 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.

4246 5:15p-6:35p TTh BUS 250 Liu J

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GIS 23, Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Geography 20 or GIS 20.

Formerly same course as CIS 23.

This course emphasizes GIS principles and methodology used in both the private and public sectors. Hands-on applications using both raster and vector data and technology will expose students to more advanced understanding of GIS. Students will learn various methods of data acquisition, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as the World Wide Web. The add-on modules extend the analytical capabilities of ArcView and allow input of map features and conversion of feature themes from raster to vector. This course will also provide an introduction to several of ArcView’s extension including Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Students will complete a Model Builder to be used in siting new solar sites. Spatial Analysis will include slope and aspect maps, neighborhood and zone analysis. The course will present single and multi-layer statistical operations including classification, coordination, and modeling analysis.

GIS 23 is the same course as Geography 23. Students may receive credit for one, but not both.

4247 6:45p-8:05p TTh BUS 250 Liu J

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Rio Hondo College GIS Fall Semester Classes Start Aug 21

Pursue your GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College.  Registration has started.  Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online. Fall semester classes include two Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) courses including one located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) at 900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra.  Also offered is Cartography (GIS 221) and Intermediate GIS (GIS 220). For more information visit


URISA: Save the Date

Passing along a ‘Save the Date’ from URISA:

Event: Combined GIS-Pro and CalGIS annual conferences.
Date: October 8-11, 2018
Location: Palm Springs, California

CalGIS is the GIS conference hosted by the four California URISA chapters and rotates to a different part of our state each year. GIS-Pro is the annual GIS conference hosted by the parent URISA organization, which rotates to different cities in North America each year. In 2018, both of these events will simultaneously occur in Southern California.


The City of Downey has an Opening for a GIS Intern

The City of Downey has an opening for a GIS Intern (deadline is 7/17/2017).

Please see the flyer – click here.



Los Angeles County Geographic Information Officer (GIO) Position is Open

Los Angeles County has opened its Geographic Information Officer (GIO) position to outside entities.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking the challenge of running a large GIS operation in the most populous county in the United States!

View job posting

$126,684.00 – $166,152.00 Annually
More about Los Angeles County, click here.

GIS Technician II – Unclassified at County of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County Information Services Department GIS group is seeking a GIS Technician.

Title: GIS Technician II – Unclassified*

Location: San Jose, CA

Salary: $5,927.48 – $7,176.17 Monthly

Job Summary:  GIS Technician II will digitize and maintain the GIS data following standard procedures while performing research on a variety of documents for verification. For more details and application submission instruction, please click here.

GISCI Map Contest – 2017 Results

Disaster Response

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is proud to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of this year’s annual map contest.

The challenge was to develop a map which shows us how GIS could be, or has been used in a disaster response scenario, either real or imagined. Maps showed use of GIS for preparing for disasters, managing emergencies during an event, or managing post-disaster recovery efforts.

Feel free to visit here to see who won, vote for the People’s Choice award, or view the 2017 contestants’ entries. Visit here to learn more about the prizes that were awarded.

Seeing changes in the world through images of the world at night

A really interesting set of maps about changes in night lights.

“John Nelson, a cartographer at Esri, a digital mapping company, was curious what these lights could tell us about how the world around us had changed over time. Had some areas grown brighter while others had dimmed? And if so, he wondered, what was behind these changes? 

So Nelson used NASA’s satellite images from 2012 and 2016 and calculated the difference in light pixels to see which areas of the world had grown more luminous and which areas went dark.

The resulting maps shows where lights have increased in blue and where lights have diminished in pink in the past five years.”

Link to the article

Link to the NASA site that released the data

GIS Student Position at Port of LA

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS Student position in our Information Technology GIS section.


  • Under grad students must be in school full-time (9 semester units or 12 quarter units) and must maintain at 2.5 GPA.
  • Grad students must be in school full-time (6 semester units or 8 quarter units) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.


Students can work a max of 20 hours/week.

Position pays $12.89 – $18.85 per hour.

Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Please submit your resume to Christine Thome by Monday, July 31st, 2017 at:

Big Data Day LA 2017

Did you ever want to learn more about Hadoop, Spark, and gleaning loosely structured NoSQL data stores for trends? Big Data Day LA offers numerous sessions for everyone from hardcore data scientists to newbies to the world of Big Data. Several of these streams of data contain location information, and Esri has taken a great deal of interest and has added big data analysis tools in the ArcGIS 10.5 release.

Organized and supported by an enthusiastic community of volunteers, sponsors and speakers, Big Data Day LA is the largest conference of its kind as well as the only free Big Data conference in Southern California.

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Location: USC Marshall School of Business, 3670 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles
Cost: Free (Donations are welcomed.)