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OpenStreetMap Building Import Party

The Los Angeles Times is hosting an OpenStreetMap building import party at their downtown office this Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. RSVP here.

For those that don’t know, OpenStreetMap is an open-source mapping database that anyone can edit and use.

The Times, Mapbox and local mappers are using the county’s building file […]

Geography and GIS – a good article in the LA Times

I happened to see this article at the car wash this weekend (I love my clean car!) and I thought I would share. It was in the Travel section, of all places …

Geography is covering new ground for travelers


iPhone app can help find parking spots in Hollywood

An iPhone App lets users know which streets have open parking spots in Hollywood. Parking info is expected to be available for downtown in fall of 2011. Android and Blackberry apps are also anticipated. The app is priced at $1.99 but you can see a parking info map for free at the link below.

Enhanced citizen contact with government

The next level of GIS is coming: dedicated mobile applications that provide residents the ability to request city services while they outside their home. See this recent article from the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-city-phone-app-20100622,0,3490399.story

The only issue I have with the applications in the article is that they are too specific to an area […]

Mapping LA Neighborhoods

The Mapping LA Site from the LA Times, provides neighborhood boundaries and demographic information about them. They note that it will be expanded to the Southern California region. It will interesting to see what happens in some of the County’s Unincorporated areas, where there are disagreements and difficulties in making clear distinctions […]