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CalGIS 2017 Abstracts Deadline Extended to Feb 17

Call for Presentations and Workshops - Feb 17 Deadline

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 invites presentations on a wide range of topics to be discussed May 22-25, 2017. This is a unique chance for members of the Open Source GIS community and traditional GIS groups to meet and showcase their tools, solutions and projects. Invitation is open to all.

Submissions will be assessed on their originality, interest to GIS and GIS related fields, and likelihood of advancing the discipline. Submissions may be technical or creative, scientific or experiential, individual or institutional in scope and approach. Submissions and optional papers will be assessed on how well they demonstrate a clear goal of relevance to geospatial technology, use of systematic investigation or methods, completeness of results or recommendations, and significance of conclusions.

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Giveaway: One free pass to Los Angeles Geospatial Summit on Feb 24th

The Seventh Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is an annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. It will be on Friday, February 24, 2017 .

CGIA has a complimentary pass and we would like to give it away to one of our members! All you have to do is fill out this brief form by 2/6/17 and we will notify the winner within a few days.

Summit topics include:

  • Learn about Google Geo and the power of location-based services and analysis in all parts of the business enterprise in the opening keynote address.
  • Get the industry lowdown on the potential and opportunities from drones with GIS.
  • Hear how the City of Los Angeles GeoHub and the impact of open data on government.
  • Find out new “tips and tricks” for GPS data collection.
  • Get mentorship advice.
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the day.
  • Gain experience in presenting and listening to “lightning talks” and poster presentation.
  • Talk with company and organization representatives at the lunchtime Knowledge Network tables:
    • BAE Systems
    • California Geographic Information Association
    • California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc.
    • County of Los Angeles
    • Esri
    • SoCal URISA

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and lunch)

Students: $40
CGIA and SoCal URISA Members and USC alumni: $60
Professionals: $70

Qualifies for GISP credit

Photos from Plane Tour

CGIA hosted an event with EagleView/Pictometry to take a tour of the planes that capture high resolution aerial imagery. It was awesome and informative. We got to view the sensors from under the plane!

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URISA’s GIS Leadership Academy

For the first time since it debuted in 2007, URISA's GIS Leadership Academy is coming to California. It will be in San Diego, April 3-7, 2017. The ULA is not a conference, but a week-long GIS leadership and management training program and space is intentionally limited to encourage deep discussions and exercises.  Don't delay registering as the event is filling quite rapidly!

Registration is discounted until February 1.

Check out the daily schedule.

CalGIS 2017 Abstract Deadline is Jan 31

CalGIS LocationCon invites presentations on a wide range of GIS and mapping topics. Accepted speakers receive significant registration discount!

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 is a unique chance for members of the Open Source GIS community, traditional GIS groups, government, and industry to meet and showcase their tools, solutions, and projects. 

Whether it is big data, analytics, small satellites, IoT, AI, BIM/CAD, drones, 3D, cartography, or any other use of geospatial you should submit your abstract and share your project, knowledge and experiences. Selected speakers will receive a discount on conference registration fees.

Submit now!

Info on discounted speaker registration fee:

CGIA Event Follow-up: Location of Plane Tour

The location for the plane tour (January 27, 2017 at 7:45 AM) will be held at:

Signature Flight Support
3333 E Spring St, Suite 205
Long Beach, CA 90806

If additional details arise in terms of getting to the location, you will receive an email so please be sure to sign up!

Call for Papers for CalGIS/LocationCon 2017

CalGIS/LocationCon 2017 Conference is coming May 22-25 in Oakland!

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 is a co-hosted conference that combines the annual California GIS conference (CalGIS) with LocationCon which is a new LocationTech event that targets Eclipse Foundation members and others who attend FOSS4GNAFOSS4G and LocationTech Tour events.

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 provides content for and builds bridges between the CalGIS community who focus on GIS best practices in government, non-profit, education and consulting in California, and the LocationTech community who develop advanced location aware technologies via collaboration with commercially-friendly open source software.

CalGIS LocationCon 2017 attendees will include a diverse mix of geospatial professionals, developers, decision-makers, researchers, vendors, students and other geo-focused professionals.


What's Different about CalGIS LocationCon 2017 vs. past CalGIS conferences? CalGIS LocationCon 2017 will offer a deeper, more rewarding conference experience compared to past CalGIS conferences in many ways:

  • 4-day conference vs. past 3-day conferences
  • Monday workshop day offering a range of workshops that are included in the conference registration package and not required to be purchased as add-on features
  • Expected audience that is twice as large as past CalGIS conferences
  • More diverse and dynamic mix of conference attendees that is a combination of the typical CalGIS crowd with the Location Tech community
  • Expanded geospatail content showcasing the latest highly innovative research in both commercial and open source solutions
  • Wide range of diverse keynote/plenary sessions
  • Additional social events to encourage more interaction, networking and information sharing
  • Lunch provided daily
  • Vendor/exhibitor area that is centrally located with high traffic during the conference

Help Support the Conference!

  • Spread the word to colleagues and friends
  • Encourage your company or organization to be a sponsor
  • Give a presentation to share your knowledge
  • Help plan the conference by volunteering

CGIA Event: Tour of plane that captures aerial imagery (1/27/17)

The next CGIA event is planned and it is just around the corner! Capture of high resolution aerial imagery for Los Angeles County will commence within the next month and EagleView is kind enough to arrange a tour of their twin engine plane for CGIA members! We'll get to check out the camera sensors used to capture orthogonal imagery, oblique imagery, and/or infrared.

"Ever Wonder How Aerial Imagery is Captured?  
Learn how imagery is captured when varying resolutions are needed
"Why is Imagery captured at Different Altitudes"
Learn How a imagery capture is flight planned and the challenges that come with that plan.
"What are all the equipment components used to capture imagery"
Learn the various processes and equipment used to capture imagery from a small plane. 


Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 7:45 AM (Why so early? So we do not disrupt capture schedule and cut into optimal sunlight hours.)
Signature Flight Support
3333 E Spring St, Suite 205
Long Beach, CA 90806

Space is very limited so sign up here if you want to join in on the tour:

If you have any questions, please email Christine Lam at

CGIA Member Spotlight: RuthAnne Harbison

ruthanne-gis2 RuthAnne Harbison, GISP


GIS Coordinator
City of Merced

Bio:  Have been in public service for 46 years starting in the Health Department for the County of Madera. Also worked for the Courts, Environmental Health, and the Information Technology departments in the County of Madera.  While in Environmental Health was introduced to GIS and became the lead for the GIS Committee.  Was transferred to IT in March of 2003 and recruited for my current position a couple of months later.

Have served as the GIS Coordinator, practitioner, coach, advisor of all things GIS here in Merced in and across all departments. Working with staff in each department, have been able to grow the use of GIS for the benefit of the citizens of Merced.

Have served on the board of CGIA as a board member for Cities, Secretary for several years, Vice-Chair, Chair, past chair, Membership Committee chair, and now again on the board for Cities. As part of the outreach initiative, have chaired the GeoSummit at UC Merced for the last five years.  It is one of CGIA’s most successful partnerships.  I’ve been on the planning committee for CalGIS for 10 years, chairing the conference in 2008 where we had 458 attendees and 51 vendors.  Also currently serving on the executive board for the CA GIS Council.

I’ve been involved with the Women in GIS movement for several years and serve on the outreach committee.

I’ve enjoyed presenting at various conferences, community events, and schools on the wonders and benefits of GIS. Have presented a GIS Day event here in Merced for 12 years and host a map gallery the entire month of November in the Civic Center lobby with maps from several departments and various agencies in Merced County.

Project(s): For the last nine years GIS has supported the dispatch system for the City of Merced Police and Fire. We currently use several layers for officers to display a map in their software and dispatchers can see their location as well as do proximity dispatching for better efficiency on calls for service.  We are starting to use the Collector app more in various divisions in Public Works to develop a better record of infrastructure inventory and history of inspections.  Story maps are also becoming popular with several departments and are fun to put together.

What is the best career advice you received? Be honest, caring, respectful, trustworthy, and a good listener.

Best GIS quote: “What if your entire organization could use spatial data?”  I think it really gets people thinking about all the possibilities.

Me:  I was born in upstate Wisconsin and grew up in central California.  (Still a Green Bay Packers fan.)  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and we all like to travel.

Thanks for the memoriesI have truly enjoyed getting to know so many of you and work with you on projects and conferences.  You have all inspired me throughout my GIS career and I am grateful for your kindness and friendship.  I wish you all the best in your careers and hope our paths cross again.

GIS Day with Geospatial San Diego and SoCal URISA

Geospatial San Diego and SoCal URISA are teaming up to bring you a multi-faceted GIS Day event. The event will feature a presentation by Phil Gershkovich of Cooper Aerial Survey (~30 min) followed by a tour of the San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) operations center (~45-60 min) provided by Rob Barreras, Sr. Emergency Services Coordinator. After the presentation and tour, we're heading over to Societe Brewing Company for food and beer. Please join us for this great networking event!


San Diego County - Office of Emergency Services (OES)

5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92123


16 Nov 2016

5:00 - 8:00pm


For more information, see:

Fall Southern California Marine GIS User Group, San Diego, 11/30

Do you do GIS in or around marine environments? Join us at the 3rd meeting of the SoCal Marine GIS Users Group in San Diego.


The Southern California Marine GIS User Group is excited to announce its 2016 Fall Meeting hosted by the Port of San Diego!  The meeting will be at the Port's Admin building* from 1 pm to 4 pm, followed by an informal happy hour at Liberty Station.


Wed, November 30, 2016

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST


Port of San Diego Admin Building

3165 Pacific Highway

San Diego, CA 92101

For more details or to register to attend (Free) please visit:


GIS Day at Shasta College in Redding.

CGIA Board Member

Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP will be speaking at Shasta College GIS Day!


A Geospatial Journey

…or how I discovered GIS and made a career of it (and you can too)!

When: Wednesday, November 16 , 6:00pm

Shasta College, Room 804

11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003

For more info Contact: Dan Scollon, (530) 242-2314

Can’t get enough GIS Day? Celebrate an extra one a day early with the City of Irvine GIS Day event!

GIS Day 2016

Hosted by City of Irvine Community Development GIS Department
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 10 AM - 2 PM
Where: CTC, Irvine Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA

For GIS Day information, call (949) 724-6956
To find out more about City of Irvine GIS Resources,

Joint CGIA/CIRGIS Event on Dec 2nd

Come join us at the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office in Oxnard to meet your fellow CGIA & CIRGIScgia_cirgis_flyer_image members. We'll showcase what each organization is doing, meet some pretty cool NOAA staff (see how they do forecasting and modeling), and take a tour! After the tour, we're going to head to the Yard House nearby. If you want, you can just meet us at the Yard House 🙂

Friday, Dec 2, 2016
1:00-3:00 pm
NOAA NWS | 520 North Elevar St, Oxnard 93030
Yard House | 501 Collection Blvd, #4130, Oxnard 93036

Space is limited. Please RSVP at

CGIA Member Spotlight: Jayme Laber



Senior Service Hydrologist
NOAA National Weather Service
Los Angeles/Oxnard Weather Forecast Office
Oxnard, CA

Bio: I graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a BS in Watershed Sciences and am a registered Professional Hydrologist. My entire career has been spent in Southern California working as a Hydrologist. I first worked for a local water district, then for the County of Ventura, and for the past 12 years with the National Weather Service. I was introduced to GIS in the early 1990’s and since that time have had a passion for it and have found a way to incorporate GIS and geospatial thinking into all aspects of my work.

I currently serve as a Board member for CGIA (California Geographic Information Association) and have previously served as a Board member for CIRGIS (Channel Islands Regional GIS Collaborative).

One of my most memorable GIS experiences to date was being selected to receive an ESRI SAG Award in 2015.

Project(s): A couple of my favorite GIS projects that I have completed while working at the National Weather Service are the NWS Weather and Hazards Data Viewer and my most recent GIS passion, Story Maps.

The NWS Weather and Hazards Viewer evolved from a local Southern California based weather viewer, that I developed with the NOAA Coastal Services Center, and a weather forecast shapefile service into what exists today. A user can view weather forecast and observation data via the web based viewer. The NWS Weather and Hazards Viewer can be accessed at:

A couple of years ago I was introduced to ESRI Story Maps and immediately became a fan. Story Maps offer a way to combine GIS spatial information with text, images, and videos. Over the past few years I have created numerous Story Maps that convey some sort of weather/flooding type information. I have used them for post storm analysis, conveying a weather forecast, as well as to highlight research projects I am involved in. To view the Story Maps that I have developed, visit:

What is the best career advice you received? Be honest, trustworthy, reliable, and prepared.

Anything About Yourself: Having grown up in Colorado, I am a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, and Colorado Avalanche.

UAS Mapping 2016 – Palm Springs, Sept 12-14


If you're interested in or exploring the application of UAS (drones) in your mapping efforts, join us at the 3rd Annual UAS Mapping Symposium this Sept.
Keynote by Lawrie Jordan from Esri will highlight the link between UAS and GIS mapping.

LA County GIS exams opening next week

gis examsThe County of Los Angeles is opening GIS exams for the recruitment of talented staff to fill a number of vacant GIS positions within the County and to support its GIS recruitment and retention efforts.  There are limitations on the number of applications that we will process, so be ready to apply when the exams open July 18th at 8 AM.

Download the flyer here, which links to salary and to the positions: GIS announcement 7-12-16.pdf

Important information

Some of the exams will close after the first 100 applications are received - I anticipate them filling very very fast!

These exams do not come around often - so if you are interested in working in the GIS profession with LA County, this is your best opportunity for the next year or so.  Don't miss this chance!

More information here


Member Survey

Dear CGIA members,

The Board has developed a survey and I hope you take this time and opportunity to communicate your thoughts about CGIA as well as help develop GIS events for the upcoming 2016-17 year.

Survey link:

2016 CGIA Awards Annouced at CalGIS 2016

CGIA announced the winners of the 2016 Awards last month at the CalGIS Conference in Anaheim.

The winners were:

  • Advancement of Collaboration: Christina Boggs, California Department of Water Resources
  • Chair's Award: Eric Kauffman, California Department of Technology
  • Excellence in Education: Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University
  • Exemplary Systems: City of Rancho Cucamonga Executive Dashboard Mobile App
  • Outstanding Internet Application: Lewis Rowley, County of Napa

Click here for full award details

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