CGIA Announces Web Map Application Contest – $1,500 prize!

CGIA is looking for a beautiful, functional web map application that will maintain and make accessible a list of GIS contacts throughout the State of California. Since we are a mapping/GIS organization, we want to show a map of the relevant information and allow users to click on the map to find out contact information.

To make it worth your while, the prizes are substantial (we hope).

  • 1st place – $1,500
  • 2nd place – $250

For full information, click here to go to the Map Application Page

Los Angeles Geospatial Post GIS Day Meetup

Join LA Geospatial for a post GIS Day meetup in Los Angeles at:

Redwood Bar and Grill

316 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5:00 PM -8:00 PM



Los Angeles County GIS Day

GIS Day is celebrated nationally as part of National Geography Awareness Week.  Click here for more information.

LA County’s GIS Day is free to attend both for the public and presenters, supported by County departments and funded by the County’s enterprise GIS Program.  We invite you to join us to learn more about how the County, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in  emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

The theme for GIS Day 2014 is  “The Power of Where” - since location information is a powerful tool to provide better services to the residents of the County.

Important Documents and links (documents updated November 13th, 2014)


When and where is the event?

GIS Day will once again be at Olive Court at Grand Park, where it all started.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

CalGIS 2015 – Sacramento, CA

CalGIS 2015- Join us in Sacramento!

Just announced!

CalGIS 2015
21st Annual California GIS Conference
Dates: June 1-3, 2015
Venue: Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Coming Soon: Call for Presentations

Coming Soon: Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities


Riverside County GIS Day

Riverside County hosting a GIS Day event.  Nine different departments showcasing their work with GIS, and vendors representing their companies (Psomas, Picometry, ESRI and Source Graphics) will be with us. This year we have an elementary school attending, where we will have several “learning demonstrations/activities” as well as static vehicle displays from Fire, Sheriff, SERT (Sheriff Emergency Rescue Team) and our Emergency Operations Center.

County Administrative Center 4080 Lemon St Riverside CA 92501.

Damian Laning Information Technology Officer  RCIT – Geographic Information Services

GIS Day in Wine Country hosted By North Bay GIS User Group

NorthBay GIS is hosting the North Bay’s largest annual GIS Day at Santa Rosa’s Finley Center, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on November 19!!  The event features exhibits, maps, posters, presentations, and educational opportunities for school children.  For more information or to register, check out the North Bay GIS User Group’s web site:

Discovering The World Through GIS – GIS Day Bay Area

Discovering the World Through GIS

November 19, 2014


UC Berkeley, Mulford Hall

GIS Day 2014 will be held at UC Berkeley’s Mulford Hall,. This year’s event is co-hosted by the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and GIS Education Center (GISEC) with support from the Bay Area Automated Mapping Association (BAAMA) and American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing NorCal (ASPRS).

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

GIS Day in Merced, CA

Come and Celebrate…

Sponsored by: City of Merced and Central Cal URISA

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sam Pipes Room, Merced Civic Center

678 W. 18th St.

Merced, California

Come and join us for a GIS Day Open House featuring live demonstrations, the map gallery, and discussions with GIS professionals. This event is open to the public.

Participating Agencies:

  • City of Merced
    • Public Works
    • Parks and Community Services
    • Planning
    • Merced Visitor Services
    • Fire Department
  • Merced Irrigation District
  • Merced County Association of Governments
  • UC Merced SpARC Center
  • California Survey & Drafting
  • The Bus

(All presentations subject to change) 

Map Gallery will be open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Parking is FREE in either parking structure

For more information on this event, please contact:

Ruthanne Harbison –,

Natalia Austin –,

Rich Green –

Refreshments sponsored by CentralCal URISA

How to subscribe to the California GIS Council ListServe

Passing this along:

Please see the instructions below and let me know if you have any questions.  Subscriptions will have to be approved by the owners (Karen Beardsley, Chrstina Boggs, or Nate Roth), so we will make sure it is only appropriate users who are added.

To subscribe:

  1. Send a message to sympa@ucdavis.edufrom the address you want to subscribe to the list.
  2. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe ca.gis.council Firstname Lastname
  3. Leave the message body blank.

To unsubscribe:

  1. From the address with which you subscribed to the list, send a message to
  2. In the subject line of your email, type in: unsubscribe ca.gis.council (leave body of message blank)

URISA Recommends the addition of Address data as a national Framework Theme

URISA, a national organization, recently recommended that the Federal Government add an eighth framework data theme to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).  This would, if adopted, cause a federal agency to take responsibility for doing this nationally (like the USGS does for Elevation data).

It’s a great idea – the California Draft Geospatial Data Plan created by CGIA has addresses as it’s most requested California framework dataset.

Click here to see the detailed recommendation

Possible LIDAR funding source – 3DEP

A comparison of an air photo and a lidar image of an area along Secondary Road and Camp Creek, 12 miles north of John Day, OR. The lidar image allows identification of landslide activity that is otherwise masked by trees

A comparison of an air photo and a lidar image of an area along Secondary Road and Camp Creek, 12 miles north of John Day, OR. The lidar image allows identification of landslide activity that is otherwise masked by trees

I wanted to pass this along, since it is a change on how the federal government is funding LIDAR acquisition.

Thanks to Matt Artz for this information.  Click here to see his full article.

Continue reading Possible LIDAR funding source – 3DEP

GIS Technician Position – Santa Cruz County

Passing this job opportunity along – Note that the last date to apply is July 25th (this Friday).  Click here to download more information


Salary: $3,387 – 4,283 / Month


Salary: $3,709 – 4,694 / Month

LAST DATE TO APPLY: Friday, July 25, 2014

CGIA pizza night in full swing

Come on by!



CGIA Pizza Night at ESRI User Conference

cgia_pizzaHello everyone,

In conjunction with Geospatial LA and Geospatial San Diego,  CGIA is hosting another “pizza night” for CGIA members and those interested in joining.  It should be fun and lively!  CGIA will be providing the pizza and salad, you need to provide your own drinks.

Please feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to the CGIA family, we hope they will all want to join us.

Attached please find the flyer for the event and location (click here to download flyer)

Event details:

Monday, July 14th
6:30 – 8:30 PM (or so) – after the map gallery
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Here is the link to an RSVP page just so we can get a count: .

Hope to see you there. Please contact Dave Peck (2014-2015 CGIA Chair) or me if you have any questions.

CGIA Election Results for 2014/2015

CGIA is pleased to announce the elections results for the 2014/2105 Board of Directors:

  • City Representative: Chris Greene
  • County Representative: Mark Greninger
  • Regional Government Representative: Steven Steinberg
  • State Government Representative: Sam Hayashi (1st year), Fiona Renton (2nd year)
  • Education Representative: Este Graghty
  • Private Business Rep: Andre Doumitt
  • Non-profit Rep: Tia Morita

Thanks to everyone who voted.  This is a great board.  To see more of their backgrounds, go to:



GIS Resources map released by CGIA

CGIA has released an online map showing GIS contacts, websites, collaborative, and networking information for Counties in the State of California. Click on a County for contact information, including a link to the County’s general and GIS websites, Assessor’s parcel viewer, GIS contacts, and GIS collaborative and networking information.

We hope that this information will be valuable for the GIS community, since it will bring together in one place the GIS managers at the County level.  CGIA is working with the State GIO to create a unified set of information about GIS resources in the state.

We encourage you to leverage this work and reference and embed this map in your sites, where you can.  CGIA will keep this information up to date, but we do want your input (see below).  As this map is updated your site will automatically be updated as well.  To embed the map into your own website, you will only need to add one line of code:

<iframe src=”” width=”100%” height=”700″ frameborder=”0″></iframe>

Click here to access the map embed coding. 

We understand that not all of the information is up to date.  To update the information, you have a couple of options:

  • Open this Google Doc file (click here to open) and update the information.  We are working to automate the update to the map, but currently CGIA will update the information on this map quarterly.  
    • The Google doc file includes information about regional, state, federal, and any other agency that is doing GIS – we want to be comprehensive.
  • If you cannot access the Google Doc file, please use the linked form to update or correct information found herein.

City Map coming in the future.  We invite users to update information about city GIS information, since we will be looking to create a map with City GIS contact information in the future.

If you have questions, please contact:

2014-2015 CGIA Board Elections

ballotCGIA elections for the Board are now open.  We have received a number of highly qualified nominations, and we invite CGIA members, or those who will become members, to vote on the next Board.

Cast your vote by June 20th (that is 2 weeks away).

To see what CGIA acccomplished this past year, see the slide show from the CGIA Open Board Meeting (2014)

GIS Analyst Job with the City of Irvine

The City of Irvine seeks a well-rounded, seasoned professional for a GIS Analyst vacancy. The Analyst will perform duties related to the design and administration of the citywide integrated geographic information systems (GIS) databases. He/She will provide GIS-related services and support for citywide mapping operations and other planning/engineering functions, and provide a wide range of support services to City departments in the design/procurement of database systems and software applications, the integration of other databases, and training of department staff in the use of GIS systems.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, information systems management, computer science, civil engineering, planning or related field and three years experience designing, implementing and maintaining GIS databases and applications, or any equivalent combination.

Please visit by June 27, 2014 for more information and to apply. EEO/ADA

Geospatial LA meet-up tomorrow

If you are in the LA Area, please swing by!

  • Group: Geospatial LA
  • Subject: Geospatial LA is THIS WEDNESDAY, June 4th @ CalTech – 5:30pm (Note Meetup Social Hour Location Change)

Our friends at Imagin’ Labs & PIXIA Corporation are graciously hosting us this Wednesday in Pasadena for an evening focused on imagery, sensor data collection, processing and remote sensing.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Radar, Optical, and Crowd Remote Sensing for Rapid Disaster Response
Planet Labs – Small Sats and Commercial Applications
AeroVironment – Convergence of UAV’s and GIS
Pixia Corp. – UAV Imagery and Dissemination Technology
Imagin’ Labs – Corregistration of Satellite and Aerial Imagery for Change Detection
Teledyne Scientific Imaging – Digital Imaging Technologies for Multi-Modal Sensing and Exploitation

MEETUP DETAILS (hosted by Imagin’ Labs):
Date: Wednesday, June 4th
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Caltech, 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
In the Buwalda room, first floor of the Arms building, which is building #25 on the campus map: 

Free after 5pm in the campus structures, I suggest parking in structure #123 on the map, which is approximately at: 485 S Wilson ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

MEETUP SOCIAL (hosted by PIXIA Corporation):
When: Approximately 7:30pm – on
Where (New Location!): Lucky Baldwins Trappiste – 1770 East Colorado Blvd.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom “Preparing for the Future”

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom brought his technology and institutional change message to the Resources Building Auditorium on Monday, May 12 as a guest of the DWR Enterprise Geographic Information Systems Committee. “The world is reordering,” Newsom often tells audiences as he endorses a cultural shift within government from a top-down hierarchical model to one based on collaboration. “Government leaders need to recognize this shift and orient all of our systems to be participatory platforms,” he has said. ”Folks within agencies and departments have a remarkable capacity to lead this movement.” Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Ken Alex and DWR Deputy Director Gary Bardini provided opening remarks. A question-and-answer session was moderated by Tom Lupo, Deputy Director, Data Technology Division of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The event was recorded and the video is available here: