Super Bowl Perspectives Map

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday, February 2, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. See where the game will be played and explore a series of maps that will tell you everything you need to know about the NFL’s annual championship game.  Explore everything from live temperature feeds and transportation infrastructure in the New York/New Jersey region to the 10 coldest Super Bowls of all time.


ArcGIS 10.2.1 – You Might Want to Wait

Some early adopters of ArcGIS 10.2.1 are reporting some problems.  If you can wait, I would stick with 10.2 until a service pack is released for 10.2.1.  Here are some comments that I have read in emails:

Sarasota County – Install the full release in a development environment first. Sarasota County GIS experienced difficulties with License Manager (port related), Web Adaptor (must remove existing arcgis site if you want to update it as arcgis again), Server (system and utilities tools have display touchy behavior changes if you want them hosted on say your GpCluster server(s). We are still working to move certain server tools such as Printing off of our mapCluster.

Merced County – Read the version notes and see if anything helps. If you don’t see a benefit then don’t upgrade. I am testing it on a my machine but I’ve already had issues with Model Builder Models acting differently. The geoprocessing tool works differently and will need to be upgraded in each of your models. I for one will not be updating server to 10.2.1 after hearing the news from Florida. I already did not plan on upgrading because this .1 release does not improve anything for my organization.

If you have installed 10.2.1, please add a comment so we all can learn from you!

GIS Manager’s Workshop

There is a free workshop for GIS Managers on February 10, 2014 hosted by the City of Pasadena.  Registration is limited to public sector government agencies.  The workshop is ideal for:

  • GIS Decision Makers
  • IT Decision Makers
  • Upper Management

Topics covered include:

  • Managing GIS
  • Governance of GIS
  • Enterprise Implementation of GIS
  • The Business Case of GIS
  • Seven reasons for GIS failure
  • Seven keys to GIS success
  • Best Practices from over 400 GIS implementations
  • How to guarantee success and funding

Take a look at the flyer and sign up!  You can also register here.

Rare Book and Map Thieves

Interesting article about thieves that steal rare books and maps from libraries, like this guy:

William Jacques, an oil-company accountant dubbed the “Tome Raider” by the British press, was jailed for stealing rare books by Newton, Thomas Paine and others from Cambridge University and other libraries in the 1990s. When he was released, he promptly stole books from the Royal Horticultural Society. Many books remain missing, and he is now banned from all U.K. libraries.

Read more here.

US Census Data Two DVD Set

Demographic data down to the block level on DVD … and it’s free!

Availability: Summary File 1 is available as a two DVD set. The DVDs contain the 2010 Census Data Engine retrieval software allowing users to manipulate, display, and download data from the file.


  • U.S. Summary. DVD containing all substate data in Summary File 1. Geography: states, metropolitan statistical areas, counties, county subdivisions, places (i.e. cities and census designated places), ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, congressional districts (111th Congress), American Indian and Alaska Native Areas, Hawaiian Home Lands, census tracts, census block groups, and census blocks.
  • National File. DVD containing data for larger geographic areas. Geography: United States, regions, divisions, states, counties, county subdivisions, places (i.e. cities and census designated places), metropolitan statistical areas, ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, congressional districts (111th Congress), American Indian and Alaska Native Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands. Users needing totals for geographical areas that are in more than one state (e.g., American Indian reservations and metro areas) will find them easier to obtain from this file than from the U.S. Summary file (see above).

For more information and to order the free DVD set, visit this US Census page.