Future Communities Forum

SCAG’s Future Communities Forum, a unique gathering of researchers, business and civic leaders, and policymakers from Southern California and around the world, will showcase how technology and open data are being used to solve common challenges.

The forum will be held Wednesday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  Click below for more info and to register.


How Americans Do Their Taxes

Who does your taxes?  H&R Block?  TurboTax?  A CPA/Tax Professional?  Yourself?  Check out this web map by ESRI.  ESRI says it used data at the census tract and block group level. It looked at whether taxpayers used H&R Block, TurboTax, a certified public accountant or other tax professional, or did their taxes on their own. ESRI then credited that block to which ever method was used the most.  Click on a point and get the breakdown of tax methods.


Stuff in Space

Stuff in Space is a “real-time 3D map of objects in earth’s orbit”, including satellites and debris. This map uses data from Space-Track.org, a website operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. On this map, different kinds of “stuff in space” are color-coded: red for satellites, blue for rocket bodies, and grey for debris. Visitors may also explore different groups of space objects, which include maps of all Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and their orbits and a map of the debris created by the 2009 collision of the satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251.  Check it out!


Cities at Night

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) take hundreds of night-time pictures each year of cities around the globe. Cities at Night is a “citizen science project that aims to create a map, similar to Google maps, of the Earth at night using night-time color photographs taken by astronauts onboard the ISS.” Check out the photographs that have been geo-referenced to the Earth, or join in and help the project team geo-reference new photographs!


Mono County GIS Positions

Looking for a GIS job north of LA County?  Mono County is hiring two positions to work out of their Mammoth Lakes or Bridgeport offices in Mono County, California. Both positions can be filled at either level noted below, but they are filling 2 individual positions.

GIS Technican III / GIS Analyst
GIS Analyst / GIS Specialist I

Mono County is on the Eastern Sierra Nevada and is a gateway to Yosemite National Park, as well as a jump-point to the High Sierra Nevada and is near Lake Tahoe. World class skiing, rock climbing, fishing, and hiking can be found here, among many other outdoor pursuits. This is a wonderful area for both family and individuals.

More information about Mono County can be found here.  Their job page is here.

For questions about these positions that cannot be answered within the supplied reference materials email jhickok@mono.ca.gov.