If you use FME and convert between CAD and GIS, there’s a free learning opportunity!

Please check it out at:  http://fme.safe.com/forms/CADtoGISwithFME?elq=ea26ef3316a24de89416a0fa6f701518 and respond directly to them.  : )

ESRI does a Libya unrest and social media map

You can check it out here:  http://www.esri.com/news/maps/libya-protest-map-2011/index.html

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.  : )  http://extension.ucsd.edu/studyarea/index.cfm?vAction=singleCourse&vCourse=ECE-40247&vStudyAreaId=9

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…http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/11/world/asia/maps-of-earthquake-and-tsunami-damage-in-japan.html

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…


California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Funding Opportunity

The turnaround is pretty short at this point, but the proposal is short at this point too!  If you are a conservation based organization, please consider this.  Many thanks to Drew Decker at USGS for passing the info on.  http://californialcc.org/

Use geography to manage water creatively and proactively

This article was brought to my attention by some regional GIS colleagues…it’s interesting and progressive, and something that I think we could certainly benefit from using a model for water and other issues!  http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?utm_campaign=EM&eod=1&section=home&utm_source=SNS.analytics&utm_medium=Twitter&page_id=7970

Campuses and GIS

The Winter 2011 issue of ArcUser features two articles about the use of GIS on college campuses – one on the iPhone app developed by the Infographics Lab at the University of Oregon, and the other about a 3-D library management system developed by Tufts University – kudos to Ken & Patrick and their respective staff!  Details on the articles can be found on pages 68 & 62 respectively in the digital version of the issue.  http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0111/files/arcuser52/pageflip.html

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