Shameless self-promotion and a geodatabase online class

I’m an instructor in the UC San Diego Extension Certificate of Completion GIS program, and the third class in our series is starting up on 3/29/11 and it’s entirely online…so if you are looking for an introduction into geodatabases and if you have some (even limited) GIS experience but need some structure to get you to sit down and just do it, this might just the ticket!  The description of the course online is not quite what we do – rather it is more geodatabases and data sources.  The shameless self-promotion comes because I’m the instructor.  : )

SANDAG portal to 2010 San Diego Census data

Many thanks to John at SANDAG for making this data accessible!  Here’s the info on it per John:  Census data for San Diego are now available on the SANDAG website. Go to Census Data Online and look under “2010 Census Redistricting Data”. We have “filtered” the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data from hundreds of fields to: total population; eight race categories; and three housing unit fields. The data are available as zipped Excel files. The census geographies are tracts and blocks. Also available are SANDAG Subregional Areas and Major Statistical Areas. This summer, the Census Bureau plans to release Demographic Data (age, sex, income). SANDAG will again “filter” the data and post selected information in our Profile Warehouse.

You can download matching shapefiles from the SANDAG GIS Downloads. Look for “2010 Census Geography” under Administrative Boundaries. The TIGER/Line shapefile data are projected from longitude-latitude to local California State Plane Coordinates. This is “raw” unadjusted TIGER shapefiles. We are in the process of adjusting some block boundaries to better fit local GIS layers (parcels, municipal boundaries, etc…). If you want or need the original TIGER shapefiles, please go to 2010 Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles Main.

Note: If you are using block-level data, please contact me. I am happy to share my experience concerning some of the strangeness (e.g. census voting districts).

BTW- Click to view online 2000-2010 Census Tract Change Map PDF.

Click to view 2010 Census Results California State Population interactive map.

Go Aztecs!



The NY Times mapping staff does it again

They consistently use great cartographic resources for events that make the information discernible and understandable.  You’ve probably already seen this, but if not…

Free easy web mapping learning opportunity

ESRI & the National Geographic Council for Education are offering a free webinar.  Details are here:

10 Tips for Easy Web Mapping in the Classroom Tomorrow

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9pm EDT/8pm CDT (1 hour).

Webinar presented by: Esri Education Team and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). NCGE will host the webinar.  Register today at NCGE for the this joint Esri-NCGE webinar at

Cost: Free

About: Learn about the basics in web mapping technology and easy-to-implement strategies for the geography & science classrooms.

Critical websites and power tips will be provided to teachers new to geospatial tools – designed specifically for use “tomorrow”. We’ll even show you how to create your own map-enabled presentations, suitable for use in any academic subject area.

Geospatial Revolution Episode 3 is out…

And it’s just as good as the others before it!  If you are wondering what geospatial technologies are and what they can do, this is a great way to learn!

The future is here (almost) with glass

Thanks to Geospatial Weekly for pointing to this cool view of what the future can, and quite possibly will, be like!  It’ll be worth your time just for the sparks to your imagination…

Autodesk Educational Software for free

Many thanks to a Scripps Institution of Oceanography colleague who posted this information.  Details are at:

Brief details are:  Autodesk makes its software available for free, with a 3 year renewable license, to educational users.  There are a few downsides, the worst being all printouts have an “Educational Version” banner around the edges.  The verification of your educational status is that you have a .edu mail address.  Some of the programs are available in both Windows and native Apple.  The Windows only programs are tweaked to run on Apples with Parallels Desktop.

Hope this is helpful!

Advanced LIDAR Summer School Opportunity

For more details, see their website and be sure to correspond with them directly.  The registration deadline is 4/30/11 and it looks like a great learning opportunity…

ESRI Internship and Conference Assistant Opportunities

For more details, go directly to them at the appropriate URL below!

New Microsoft mapping products available to UC San Diego Community Members

Hello!  If you are able to purchase software through ACMS at UC San Diego, please be aware that there are two new mapping/GIS related products available called GeoSynth and Geosynth viewer.  Please contact ACMS directly if interested.

Our agreement will now include a new type of subscription option for annual users who can wait to start effective 7/1 each year if they are new subscribers.  For more details, please see:

Geosynther sub               $1,099   (

Geosynthvwr sub            $55

Select agreement licenses for Geosynther should be available in a short time period after order, as I understand it.

RMF-00007 GeoSynther ALNG SubsVL MVL $89.62

SCF-00007 GeoSynthSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL $149.36

RNF-00007 GeoSynthVwr ALNG SubsVL MVL $4.48

This is a wholly owned Microsoft company and is a companion to the other Microsoft GIS/Map products also available for license such as  Virtual EarthServer, BingMaps etc.

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