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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

San Francisco’s Public Defecation Map

An interesting use of Open Data (can't wait for LA County's Open Data Portal to go live in the next few months).

Here's the source article.


GIS Internship at the City of Santa Monica

Justin Mank from the City of Santa Monica passed this internship opportunity along (click here for the link).

Note that the actual opportunity does not specify a GIS internship, but it is ...   Candidates with GIS experience will be assisting in the updates of Public Works GIS databases and providing general GIS project support.

$15.37 per hour

2015 CGIA Awards – Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2015 CGIA Awards are open:

Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at the California GIS Conference (CalGIS), June 1st-3rd in Sacramento, California:

Bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program. The visibility that goes with winning an award can be an important component to building credibility, gaining exposure, promoting a program, or garnering funding. Each year the California Geographic Information Association recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. CGIA seeks nominations for outstanding individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • Chairman's Award: Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology.
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  • Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  • Outstanding Internet Presentation Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  • Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

An award is a pat on the back for the project team. It’s always an amazing thing when a project is completed, and an award is a good way of acknowledging everyone’s efforts from top to bottom. Nominate a colleague, project, or program for a CGIA award by going to the CGIA Nomination Page.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 3rd, 2015

CalGIS 2015 – Call for Participation

Want to share your GIS experience through a beautiful map, poster, lightning talk, or powerpoint presentation?

Abstracts to present at the 21st Annual California GIS (CalGIS) Conference are due on or before February 2, 2015.

Click here for more information about the conference, presentation themes, and to submit your abstract.

Southern California Geocortex User Group Meeting 1/22/15

Mark your calendars for the next Southern California Geocortex User Group Meeting, hosted by the City of Arcadia. Join fellow Geocortex users, administrators and partners for interactive discussions and presentations.

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Council Chambers, City of Arcadia, 200 West Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

Cost: Free

Geocortex in 2015
Latitude Geographics is gearing up for some exciting product launches in early 2015. The market’s move away from browser plugins such as Silverlight accelerated in 2014 and continues into 2015. Geocortex Essentials product development is continually working to align with these important technology advancements.

Some of the topics we will be covering at this user group meeting are:

  • Geocortex Insight, the completely rebuilt Geocortex Optimizer that includes integration and reporting for ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS;
  • Changes to Geocortex's Mobile App Framework, including disconnected applications;
  • Geocortex Active Operating Picture, our new product that helps connect emergency teams with immediate, relevant and accurate data to help save lives and protect property

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Registration is not required, but your response would be appreciated for planning purposes. Please email James Van Dyk ( by Monday, January 12th, 2015.

Inland Empire GIS User Group Meeting on 12/11/14

The Inland Empire GIS (IEGIS) User Group is made up of members throughout the Inland Empire area that includes Riverside, San Bernardino and a portion of East Los Angeles counties. The IEGIS User Group was formed to support members to be more successful in the GIS field. This group supports members by increasing technical expertise, building contacts within the GIS community, sharing information, and keeping members up to date with the latest developments in GIS and related technologies.

The group meets quarterly at different locations and topic presentations vary. The usual combination includes announcements, user presentations, education, tips and tricks session, and a business partner presentation. Announcements keep members aware of local, regional, and state group agendas and issues. The user presentations allow users to see what others are doing. Training presentations improve the skills and knowledge of everyone in the group while business partner presentations introduce new products and data sources.

Date & Location: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, December 11, 2014, at Esri Headquarters in Redlands, CA

Click here to register

For more information about joining IEGIS, click here.

54th Annual Geomatics Engineering Conference

The Geomatics Engineering Conference is a student run event led by the Geomatics Engineering Program at Fresno State. The Conference consists of exhibitors, raffles, auctions, a scholarship banquet, networking opportunities, and of course, speakers presenting about varies topics in the field of Geomatics Engineering.

Date & Location: February 20-21, 2015, Clovis Veteran Memorial Center in Clovis, CA

Activities you will enjoy at the conference include:

Registration Fee:
Advanced: $110
After 12/17/14: $125
At the Door: $140

Group rates also available. To register, download the form here and mail it in (instructions on form).

For more information about the 2015 GME Conference, click here.

Fifth Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

The summit is a one-day event hosted by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. Discuss emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications with industry leaders and GIS faculty and students.

Date & Location: February 27, 2015, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles

The collaborating academic programs for the 2015 summit are: California State University, Channel Islands; California State University, Long Beach; California State University Northridge; Claremont Graduate University; Loyola Marymount University; Rio Hondo Community College; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Redlands.

Benefits for students:

  • Learn about emerging trends in geospatial science, technology, and applications
  • Present papers and posters
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the day
  • Talk with company representatives at the closing Industry Fair

Benefits for industry professionals:

  • Learn what industry leaders are thinking about emerging geospatial trends
  • Create greater awareness for your company by sharing materials at the Industry Fair
  • Network with other LA-based geospatial professionals
  • Influence what academic programs are teaching and meet

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and reception)
Students: $40
CGIA Members: $55
Professionals: $65

Qualifies for GISP credit

To register, click here!

Detailed Program

November 2014 U.S. Geological Survey National Hydrography Dataset Newsletter

From Our Friend Drew Decker at USGS.

Attached is the November 2014 U.S. Geological Survey National Hydrography Dataset Newsletter. This marks the fourteenth year of the NHD Newsletter! You will find important information about changes to staged NHD products, the high resolution NHDPlus, Streamer, NHD geospatial metadata and The National Map, Network Improvement project, Value Added Attributes, photo of the month, and the NHD quiz.



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.

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