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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 22-24 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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2016 CGIA Award Winners

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

Advancement of Collaboration Award


Christina Boggs, winner of Advancement of Collaboration Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Winner: Christina Boggs, California Department of Water Resources

Nomination description: Christina Boggs has been instrumental in facilitating, organizing, assisting and insuring the success of the California GIS Council and California State GIS User Group. Besides her own significant work load, she goes out of her way to ensure those outside the Sacramento GIS community can establish partnerships, networks and access important data. She has taken time out of her busy schedule on multiple occasions to answer my questions about who might have data I'm seeking or who would be an important contact in terms of establishing a partnership. She is an exemplary example of someone who advances collaboration in the realm of GIS.

Chair's Award

Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology. The recipient should show continued, exemplary contributions over the course of a prolonged period of time.

Winner: Eric Kauffman, California Department of Technology 

Nomination description: Eric Kauffman is a leader in GIS application development for the state of California, where he has worked for over 15 years.  Eric currently leads GIS development for California Department of Technology and has written and maintains several geocoding services using public domain TIGER data, ESRI data and Bing data for public use and government use. This service can geocode millions of addresses in batch in a short period of time. He wrote several applications for the California Board of Equalization including the Find a Sales and Use Tax Rate application -, and a soon to be released a tax rate API (Application Programming Interface) to provide sales and use tax rates for retailers.

Above all else Eric is great to work with and provides excellent support, all with a sense of humor. Eric currently works as a GIS Programmer for the Office of Digital Innovation and Technology Engagement at the California Department of Technology. In the past Eric has worked for the California Resources Agency, the California Department of Fish and Game, and has taught GIS classes at American River College.

Excellence in Education Award

Ming-Hsiang Tsou (right) accepted award for Excellence in Education with Mary Hurley (Chair, left)

Ming-Hsiang Tsou (right) accepts award for Excellence in Education with Mary Hurley (Chair, left)

Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

Winner: Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University

Nomination description: Ming has an impressive array of funded research and projects happening at SDSU, and he is a global leader in mobile GIS applications and social media data mining. But the reason for this nomination is his commitment to supporting K-12 education. He is Geospatial Technology Coordinator for the California Geographic Alliance, has contributed to the development of GIS courses in San Diego City Schools,  and has volunteered to serve on the committee for the new AAP course in GIS.

Exemplary Systems Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Winner: City of Rancho Cucamonga Executive Dashboard Mobile App

City of Rancho Cucamonga accepts award for Exemplary Systems Award for the Executive Dashboard Mobile App

City of Rancho Cucamonga accepts award for Exemplary Systems Award for the Executive Dashboard Mobile App

Nomination description: The executive dashboard mobile app built on the Esri technology by the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) team provides situational awareness of all incidents for both fire, police departments and other departments to the city executive staff. The app provides the sends notification of critical incidents with pictures to city executives aimed at providing supporting effective communication with elected officials should they call about a particular incident. The app provides the ability to pull up various information from different city departments. The app also put key information into the hands of decision makers as they are able to answer concerns from residents effectively. The app works on both iOS and android platforms and provides some analytics on call for services.

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.

Filed Map Search Tool

Winner: Lewis Rowley, County of Napa

Lewis Rowley accepts Outstanding Internet Application Award

Lewis Rowley (right) accepts Outstanding Internet Application Award

Nomination description: The Filed Map Search Tool is a web-based application that combines the functionality of 11 separate internal and public-facing applications into one easy-to-use interface. It allows County staff to index new Filed Maps (Records of Survey, Parcel Maps, Assessor Map Pages, Corner Records, etc) and associated Certificates of Correction. Once the data has been entered, County staff and citizens have a variety of tools to search for maps. This includes attribute searches by title, book & page or surveyor name, as well as, spatial searches by address and parcel number.

All the search results return a thumbnail view of the map. This allows external customers to preview the map before committing to viewing it. Only external customers who have a subscription account can view the full-size maps and they are charged for each page they view. The preview allows them to skip over index pages and cover sheets they may not need. The search also lists out all related documents and corrections.

The County’s first feedback and customer rating app is integrated with the Filed Map Search Tool so users can provide direct input to the developers. There is also a mobile-friendly version of the application for users with tablets or smartphones.

The Filed Map Search Tool was built using C# and MVC 5 and leverages the spatial SQL functionality of SQL Server 2008. The internal version was released in February, 2016 and the external version goes live on March 28, 2016.

2016-17 Chair’s Message

I am honored and looking forward to serving you as Chair of the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA). I have been a board member for the past two years and am a Senior GIS Analyst at the County of Los Angeles Enterprise GIS (eGIS) Group in the Internal Services Department.christine1_resized

The Board of Directors have worked diligently the past few years to make the CGIA website a valuable resource for the geospatial community (e.g. collection and dissemination of GIS documents, map of California GIS contacts) and to build a close partnership with the California GIS Council. I would like to put the focus back on our members and my goals for the 2016-2017 year are to:

  • Expand our outreach to our members
  • Engage our members in additional activities and events organized by CGIA
  • Continue to promote the effective use of GIS across the state of California as outlined in our mission statement (

You, as a CGIA member, are valuable in helping us continue our efforts to provide more opportunities in serving the geospatial community in California. We have 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:

You have a dedicated group of elected Board of Directors that are ready to serve you ( Please feel free to share any ideas you have by emailing me at


Christine Lam
2016-17 CGIA Chair

CGIA Pizza Night at 2016 Esri User Conference

Hello 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, you need to provide your own drinks.2016EsriPizzaImage

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, June 27th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Please RSVP just so we can get a count: .

Hope to see you there.


Women in GIS at the ESRI User Conference


Are you going to ESRI's User Conference in San Diego?

We are!

And we hope you get a chance to join us. There are two opportunities to hobnob with all the ladies:

Lunch Meeting

The first is during the conference. Join us for a lunch meeting that will be sure to fire up your spirit. Ruthanne Harbison (GISP with the City of Merced), Danielle Bram (Director for the Center of Geographical Studies at Cal State - Northridge), and Christina Boggs (with the California Department of Water Resources) will lead a discussion about WiGIS. Please bring your lunch to Room 26 B at San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday the 28th at 12pm.

Evening Social

Or join us for cocktails and dinner at the Union and Kitchen and Tap on Wednesday the 29th at 5pm. The restaurant is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center and offers happy hour until 6pm. There's plenty of space for us all with patio seating, so don't be shy! Join us!
If you are not going to the conference, please feel free to respond to this newsletter with any concerns or suggestions.