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Save the Date: CalGIS 2018

CalGIS 2018 will be presented in partnership with URISA's GIS-Pro annual conference. Save the Date: October 8-11, 2018 in Palm Springs, CA!

Stay tuned for more info later this year!

2017 CGIA GIS Award Winners

CGIA announced the winners of the 2017 Awards  at the ESRI Conference in San Diego in July.

The winners are:

Advancement of Collaboration Award Santa Clara Collaborative GIS Group
Exemplary Systems Award Lorri Peltz-Lewis US Forest Service
Outstanding Internet Application Award - Tie Rebecca Ferkovich California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
 Outstanding Internet Application Award - Tie Alison Dalgity Getty Conservation Institute
Chair's Award Cristi Delgado City of Berkeley, CA

 

Advancement of Collaboration Award

Santa Clara Collaborative GIS Group – Accepted by Doug Schenk

There is a need for comprehensive, complete address point data sets for use in public safety, as well as community noticing and transportation routing.  Santa Clara County and its principal cities, have a collaborative address point project, building a comprehensive and authoritative address data set.  This project is important in attaining national objectives and in promoting cooperation and collaboration among agencies.

 

Exemplary Systems Award

Lorri Peltz-Lewis, US Forest Service

Lorri currently serves as the manager of the Enterprise Data Warehouse for the United States Forest Service, assembling a collection of natural resources data, much of it geospatial, and serving it out to the public on a website that is clear, intuitive, and reliable. In her previous position as a GIS Coordinator, Fire and Aviation Management for Region 5 in the US Forest Service, she coordinated a GIS training program for the wildland firefighting and watershed recovery community, and initiated a program to collect, curate, maintain, and distribute a GIS data library for use in wildfire and other emergency response situations where internet connections are nonexistent. Prior to that, as a hydrologist for the US Bureau of Reclamation, Lorri spearheaded the creation and certification of the California portion of the National Watershed Boundary Dataset.  She has been involved with GISCorps on the development of a Search & Rescue Mission Pilot Project. Lorri has also served for several years on the board of directors of NorCal URISA. She is a role model for public servants everywhere and for women in the GIS world in particular.

 

Outstanding Internet Application Award –

Rebecca Ferkovich, Fire and Resource Assessment program (FRAP),

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Fire Probability for Carbon Accounting - http://frap.fire.ca.gov/projects/fireProbability

This web application allows users to evaluate the likelihood of wildfire in future decades for custom project areas in California.  It supports evaluation of projects funded by CAL FIRE to restore forest health, reduce wildfire emissions and promote the long-term storage of forest carbon.

With a clean and straightforward interface and clear step-by-step instructions, the application is intuitive to use, even for those with little GIS experience. Behind the scene it uses advanced geoprocessing techniques to perform a complex task quickly, providing users with the desired information in a clear, concise and understandable way.

The application was built using ArcGIS API for JavaScript that consumes GIS services from ArcGIS Server.

 

Outstanding Internet Application Award -  

Alison Dalgity, Getty Conservation Institute

Arches

http://archesproject.org/

http://historicplacesla.org/

http://www.philippineheritagemap.org/

 

Arches is an open-source, geospatially-enabled software platform for cultural heritage inventory and management, developed jointly by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund.  Arches allows cash-strapped organizations to manage their inventories of cultural heritage data in a manner that adheres to international standards, is easy to set up, and easy to use.

Existing users of Arches include: The City of Los Angeles, the Cane River National Heritage Area in Louisiana, Queen Anne's County in Maryland, Philippine Heritage, and the Nouli Community in Hualien County, Taiwan.

 

Chair's Award

Cristi Delgado, City of Berkeley, CA

Cristi Delgado:  Enterprise GIS and Open Data Coordinator

The City of Berkeley, California continues to plan, design and build an enterprise, scalable and enduring GIS.  This is largely in part to do with the vision of the IT Department and the GIS Coordinator, Cristi Delgado, whose roles and responsibilities have been key to the City’s continued success.  Cristi has spearheaded the deployment of innovative enterprise web solutions that have been engineered to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and allow City departments to make better, more informed decisions, automate workflow, and protect the community.

CGIA Member Spotlight: An-Min Wu

 An-Min Wu

Job:

Lecturer of Spatial Sciences, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California

Bio: An-Min Wu teaches GIS courses in the online Geographic Information Science and Technology graduate program and in the interdisciplinary Population, Health and Place PhD program at USC. Her area of expertise is in geospatial analysis and modeling. As she learns more and more about open source GIS and data science, she hopes to incorporate Big Data technologies to solve GIScience problems, particularly about human impacts on the natural environment in various spatial and temporal scales.

An-Min has worked as a GIS analyst, mapping engineer, and mapping project manager (Penn State University, 2004-2005; Magellan Navigation 2005-2008). She enjoys doing fieldwork and making meaningful maps to communicate important environmental issues to people. As her research interests lie in the area of changes in natural environment under human influences using quantitative analyses and geospatial technologies, she works closely on the issues of soil erosion, carbon storage and processes on agricultural landscapes, forests and wetlands in the United States. Her career goal is to use GIS to help making our living environment sustainable.

An-Min received PhD in Land and Atmospheric Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science at University of Minnesota, and the concurrent Master’s degrees in Soil Science and Environmental Pollution Control at The Pennsylvania State University.

Project(s): In her Ph.D. dissertation research, An-Min examined the effect of agricultural erosion and deposition to soil organic carbon in depressional landscapes of Minnesota. With GIS technologies and associated software/languages such as ArcGIS, SAGA-GIS, Python, and R, she developed upslope terrain attributes to better predict the spatial redistribution of soil mass and soil organic carbon under this human disturbance.

Her favorite project to-date is her master’s thesis research in land suitability modeling for winegrape vineyards, the ‘terroir’, in Pennsylvania. She worked with farmers and grape experts to build the Pennsylvania Site Assessment System (PASAS) that employed 13 critical climate parameters, soil properties, and topographic characteristics for specific sites throughout nine Pennsylvania Counties. The PASAS model was then built into a web mapping application for current and potential farmers in assessing site quality for winegrape growing. The database development and spatial statistics skills as well as collaboration experience she learned from the project are invaluable to her personal life and GIS career.

Before teaching at USC, An-Min worked as a postdoctoral associate with US Forest Service Northern Research Station and University of Minnesota to detect changes in soil carbon density in US forests. She identified soil organic carbon variability and determined the minimum detectable changes in soil organic carbon for main forest type groups under the current sampling scheme, and provided suggestions for future soil sampling protocols in US Forest Services’ Forest Analysis and Inventory National Program.

Her recent new course in the Population, Health, and Place program allows her to explore current GIS research on public health. In turn, she also plans to integrate GIS with environmental health data to understand spatial correlations between human health and our living environment. She is currently investigating spatial distributions of soil lead from residential households and is looking into the link between soil lead and children’s blood lead level.

Anything about yourself? An-Min enjoys meeting new people, travelling, practicing karate, and doing outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving. Most of these activities, however, are currently in place of playing with her 2-year-old. You can find An-Min on her social media accounts including LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/anminwu/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/anminw).

LA County Geographic Information Officer (GIO) position is open

LA County has opened its GIO position to outside entities.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking the challenge of running a large GIS operation in the largest County in the United States!

View job posting

Salary
$126,684.00 - $166,152.00 Annually

GIS Director position at Maricopa Orchards in Fresno

Job Summary:

Maricopa Orchards is seeking a qualified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) to manage company mapping software along with geographical information and data related to our organization. The GISP candidate will develop our custom GIS database and mapping analysis.  The GISP will also integrate existing company software and data necessary for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographic information.  In addition, the candidate must be able to collaborate with IT disciplines to ensure that necessary changes to the information technology environment are instituted with an appropriate level of quality, cost, and consistency.

Click here for more info & to apply.

CGIA & SoCal URISA Pizza Night at 2017 Esri User Conference

Hello Everyone,

In conjunction with Geospatial LA and Geospatial San Diego, CGIA and SoCal URISA are hosting “pizza night” for their members and those interested in joining. It should be fun and lively! Pizza will be provided, yum!

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

Here is the flyer for the event and location (click here to download flyer).

Event details:

Monday, July 10th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Please RSVP just so we can get a count: http://cgia.org/events/rsvp/ .

Hope to see you there.

GIS position at Orange County Sanitation District

OCSD is currently looking to fill the role of an IT Analyst III (GIS).

https://www.ocsd.com/about-us/jobs/job-openings

Under general direction, provides highly advanced professional level support to departments with highly complex systems and programs including the analysis, evaluation, design, development, and testing of software and hardware programs. This person will assist in the technical responsibility for OCSD's Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program and provides services in architectural design, integration, implementation, back-end administration, troubleshooting and performs database management duties. Assist in the development of enterprise solutions in support of other OCSD divisions. Designs optimum system configurations, develops and implements testing plans, ensures system quality assurance, evaluates whether new programs meet users' business needs and technology requirements and makes adjustments where needed. Organizes and prioritizes a variety of Information Technology projects in an effective and timely manner. The successful candidate will provide these services in support of other OCSD divisions, consultants, and contractors; conduct training to users of GIS applications; assist OCSD staff with access to desktop and web based GIS applications; participate in the development and implementation of GIS standards and operating procedures; responds to requests for assistance from system users and resolves operational problems; performs a variety of specialized technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

GIS/Programmer announcement – Tahoe Conservancy

GIS/Programmer announcement. Please feel free to forward to possible candidates.
https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=61339

Please note that the announcement indicates we will consider hiring from either the Research Program Specialist 1 list or the Staff Programmer Analyst (Specialist) list. To apply for one or both classifications the candidate will need to take the corresponding exam. They can find the exams here: https://jobs.ca.gov/

If folks have questions about applying, please have them contact Stefanie Melendez at 530-543-6014. If they have questions about the job, please have them contact Jim Brockett at 530-543-6035.

Nominations are still open for 2017 CGIA GIS Awards

Nominate a coworker!

CGIA annually recognizes outstanding achievements in GIS within California through its awards program.Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at a social event at the ESRI User Conference July 10, 2017, San Diego, California.

Nominations for the 2017 Annual CGIA Awards are now open for these categories.

  • Student Project or Paper  : Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2017 ESRI User Conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the ESRI conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than July 31, 2017).
  • 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 Application 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.

Start Nomination

Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2017

Contact CGIA Board Member- Fiona Renton (fiona.renton@boe.ca.gov), or CGIA Chair Christine Lam (christineslam@gmail.com) with questions.

Nominations open for 2017 CGIA GIS Awards

CGIA annually recognizes outstanding achievements in GIS within California through its awards program.Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at a social event at the ESRI User Conference July 10, 2017, San Diego, California.

Nominations for the 2017 Annual CGIA Awards are now open for these categories.

  • Student Project or Paper  : Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2017 ESRI User Conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the CalGIS conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than July 31, 2017).
  • 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 Application 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.

Start Nomination

Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2017

Important Updates for CalGIS LocationCon 2017

CalGIS 2017 updates:

Conference dates are May 22-24, 2017 (Note: no longer 25th).

Schedule (subject to change) is now posted: https://calgis2017.locationcon.org/conference/schedule/session/2017-05-22

Registration tool is also live: https://www.regonline.com/calgislocationcon2017

Link for reserving hotel rooms: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49044166/owner/17821/home

The early bird deadline (and hotel room block deadline) for regular conference attendees is April 23rd.

Giveway: Complimentary pass to CalGIS 2017 on May 22-24

CGIA has a complimentary pass to CalGIS 2017, held in Oakland from May 22-24, 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 3/31/17 and we will notify the winner at the beginning of April. It's at least a $249 value! The pass does not include any travel expenses; it just gets you into the conference. We require that you help out at the CGIA booth in the exhibit area during prime exhibition hours (e.g. happy hour reception on Monday night). Don't worry, you'll have time to attend plenty of sessions.

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.

Click here to go to the CalGIS 2017 conference website

 

SoCal Marine GIS Users Group Meeting 3/30

The Southern California Marine GIS User Group is excited to announce its 2017 Spring Meeting, hosted by the Orange County Sanitation District's Ocean Monitoring group!

The meeting with be at OCSD's Ellis Avenue location on March 30th, from 1 to 4 pm.

If you're interesting in presenting, please contact Ken Sakamoto at: ksakamoto@ocsd.com.

FREE REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scmgisug-spring-2017-meeting-tickets-32832415639

 

CGIA GeoSummit at UC Merced

CGIA is pleased to sponsor the 6th Annual GeoSummit at UC Merced on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  This event is the premier GIS event in the Central Valley.  The event is free, registration is required, campus parking is about $6.00 for the day, and lunch is included.  For more information and to register please follow this link:  http://geosummit2017.eventbrite.com .  See you there!

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 22-24, 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.

Click here for more conference info

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! http://www.urisa.org/education-events/urisa-leadership-academy/

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: https://calgis2017.locationcon.org/registration

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!