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New Maps Plus

With so many JC’s and Uni’s all over SoCal teaching traditional desktop GIS, some might say there has been a flood of graduates in recent years. Good. Our profession needs really good people. Why not look into something a little bit different? The University of Kentucky is offering New Maps Plus, an […]

MapStory and Story Maps

Many of us are familiar with Esri Story Maps, and hopefully, many of us will visit exhibits and workshops about them at the upcoming Esri User Conference in July. Story Maps are a great way to add a “where” dimension to telling our story, or to just help explain something to someone. (It’s not […]

FOSS4G 2014 Videos Available

If anyone missed the FOSS4G 2014 international conference in Portland, we can thank the presenters and event organizers for their generosity. This year’s 187 General Sessions were recorded and are available online for all of us.

The videos cover a wide range of subjects, […]

SoCal URISA Workshop

SoCal URISA is hosting an Open Source Workshop, introducing attendees to PostGIS, Geoserver, OpenLayers and QGIS. (Bring your laptop.)

Presenter: Jeff Johnson from Boundless Location: Palomar College (about 30 minutes north of San Diego) When: Saturday, June 28, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Cost: Free for SoCal URISA members, otherwise purchase or renew your […]

Open Source GIS 101, Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS?

Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS? (and Final Overview of this Series)

There are many opinions about the risks and benefits of open source GIS software. Los Angeles County uses ArcGIS for its operational needs. After all, ArcGIS is mature, high quality software, and considerable resources have already been invested.

Even so, there […]

Open Source GIS 101, Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) “was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use”.

Not all open source projects are the same. Some applications are more powerful, user-friendly, and better developed than others. To gain the OSGeo’s stamp of approval, expert […]

Upcoming OSGIS Events

A few Open Source GIS (OSGIS) events are coming up in October.

Event: So Cal URISA Seminar – ESRI and Open Source Web Mapping Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: Free to So Cal URISA Members Location: ESRI Headquarters, 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373 (Check in at […]

Open Source GIS 101, Part 3: gvSIG

gvSIG (Generalitat Valenciana, Sistema d’Informació Geogrà fica)

In 2004, one of Spain’s regional government agencies, seeing the benefits of community-driven support and development, began a migration to free and open source software to suit their operational needs.

With local […]

QGIS 1.8 is released

To this point, I find QGIS to be the best open source alternative to ESRI’s ArcMap product. Â So I thought I would pass this along.


Today is a big day for GIS users. QGIS 1.8 is out and about. Check out the new features on their website.

A couple […]

Open Source GIS Workshop


John Hickok passed this along.

Event: The SoCal URISA Chapter presents an OPEN SOURCE GIS WORKSHOP

Date and Time: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: Free for URISA members! or join for $30 (students $10) Includes all workshop materials, lunch and breaks are included.

Location/Host: Southern California Coastal Water Research […]