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City of Los Angeles GeoHub Presentation at ESRI

Congratulations to Lillian Coral and the City of Los Angeles for a great presentation on the value of GIS and how it is benefiting the City of Los Angeles. It’s a 9 minute video:

Free Crime Analysis course package

Thanks to Wendy Harn for passing this along …

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) used to offer training courses for ESRI ArcGIS. They have recently released their training materials, now updated for 10.1, that were updated by their Geospatial Center of Excellence, Rand. Thought they may be of use to some of you!


Free online course on Spatial Analysis

ESRI is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Spatial Analysis – it’s free, and will provide training on the various kinds and benefits of spatial analysis. It starts in May:

Click here to go sign up


ESRI releasing vector tile caches

I’m pretty excited about this new development from ESRI – with vector tiles we can be more effective with our basemap cache updates, as well as storing less data on our servers.

Here’s some information from ESRI about vector tile layers: http://doc.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-online/reference/vector-tile-layers.htm

Here’s a link to some beta vector tile caches from ESRI: […]

ESRI Licensing Documents

I have dealt, over the years, with many questions regarding ESRI licensing – single use vs. concurrent use, license check-outs, etc.

The ESRI support services blog recently posted something pretty useful, so I thought I would share:

The Field Guide to Esri Licensing on Wiki.GIS.com is the culmination of an idea to aid users […]

County Presentations at the ESRI UC

For those of you who are going to the ESRI User Conference next week, check out the maps that LA County will be showing at the Map Gallery (we have a dedicated space this year).

As well, I will be posting the presentations that our staff will be doing below:

Information Description Public Works



Southern California GIS users meet and greet at the ESRI conference

Hello everyone,

As we have done for the past two years, we have reserved a room at the ESRI conference for Southern California GIS users to meet each other. So if you are at the ESRI conference this year, I encourage you to put names to faces, and get to know your GIS peers around […]

ESRI 2014 – Southern California GIS Community Meeting

If you are going to be at the ESRI conference next week, and want to meet other folks from the Southern California GIS Community, you have an opportunity. Vijay Manghirmalani has upgraded our location from the back deck, where we met last year, to an official Room!

Here is the description:

This meeting is […]

CalGIS Recap #2 – Open Data is coming!

As another in a recap from the CalGIS conference, one of my other takeaways was that toolsets for Open Data are coming thick and fast. Michal Migurski from Code for America (click to see their website) gave a great talk about how this is changing governmental paradigms, and shared some great […]

Choosing a mobile development Strategy

ESRI wrote a very nice article about the various technology decisions when selecting a mobile development strategy. It isn’t GIS centric nor esri centric, so I highly recommend it.

Choosing a mobile development strategy introduces many parameters: a team’s development skillset, the application’s required functionality, and the ease of maintenance, just to name a few. […]