Fireworks 2014: Where to Buy and Light!

It’s that time again … Fireworks!  This year the fireworks app has been expanded to include cities in Orange County and Ventura County.  Included are days and times when fireworks will be sold and when you can light them up, as well as links to city web sites and telephone numbers.  Data was collected from municipal codes and/or contacting each city.  Enjoy!


SoCal URISA Hosts an Open Source Workshop

SoCal URISA hosts an Open Source Workshop With Jeff Johnson
Palomar College: 1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
Date: 28 Jun 2014 8:00 AM PDT

You have probably heard about open source geospatial tools. Here is the chance to experience them under the direction of experts. Bring your laptop and dive into some of the most powerful, widely used and innovative tools in this area.

Open-Source developer, Jeff Johnson, will lead us into a high level look at the ecosystem of Open Source geospatial tools from QGIS on the desktop to GeoServer and PostGIS on the server and the web application frameworks used to deliver applications using these services on the web. We will then dive deeper into raster and vector spatial analysis on the desktop with QGIS and look at the various freely available QGIS extensions and plugins that GIS practitioners can use in their own projects and workflows. The course material will be drawn from the following 2 workshops. and and users are encouraged to install the tools ahead of time by downloading from and

We will host a light continental style breakfast along with coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Location: Palomar College, San Marcos in the Natural Science Bldg.  NS-127 (GIS Lab)

Directions and parking pass will be emailed out to registrants closer to the date.

Preliminary Schedule:

7:30 am – Registration opens, grab a light breakfast too.
11:30 am – Lunch
5:00 pm – Conclude Workshop

The workshop is Free for SoCal URISA members, otherwise purchase or renew your membership.

$30  Annual Fee
$10 Student Annual Fee

Please don’t forget to save you receipt from this event and use it towards your GISP credit.

Speaker Bio:

Jeffrey is a geospatial software engineer with 15+ years of experience building and delivering applications for the web. Jeff is a developer with a broad range of skills who can work at any level, from writing code and fixing bugs to managing complex projects and making architectural decisions while coordinating technical policy with corporate strategy. He spent the past 3.5 years working for Boundless (formerly OpenGeo) on GeoNode, GeoGit and various related open source projects and has given presentations and workshops on these technologies around the country and the world. Jeff is also deeply involved with the City of San Diego’s Open Data and Civic Technology initiatives. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University where he studied Geography, Cartography, Geology and Geospatial Technology.

Jeff can be reached at with questions about this workshop or for advice and consulting on projects leveraging open source geospatial tools.

More information and online registration: SoCal URISA hosts an Open Source Workshop With Jeff Johnson

Best regards, Southern California Chapter of URISA

National Weather Service – Impact Based Statistics

“In an ever-growing effort to provide valuable weather information — or just a vulgar display of automated GIS skills — the National Weather Service is tweeting out images that show how many people are impacted by severe weather. The exercise shows just how little of the United States is populated.”

Thanks goes to Peter King of iWater for pointing out this article.

2015 CalGIS Location Survey

Hey CalGIS folks,

We’re starting preparations for the 2015 CalGIS and I’m super excited. As mentioned during 2014 CalGIS, we want to get your opinions on a few things before we move forward with location selections. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this survey, it should take you less than 2 minutes. We’ll be closing the survey on June 18 so if you want a say, respond before then.

Here’s the link: 2015 CalGIS Location Survey


Christina Boggs
2015 CalGIS Conference Chair

URISA 2014 Salary Survey

URISA 2014 Salary Survey Data Collection Period Opens

The entire GIS community is asked to help develop this important profile of GIS professional activities and compensation by participating in the 2014 URISA GIS Salary Survey by July 31, 2014.

URISA conducts a periodic comprehensive Salary Survey for GIS Professionals. The first Survey was conducted in 1998, with subsequent editions published in 2003, 2007 and in 2011.

The data is currently being collected for the 2014 survey with results expected later this year. As in the past, an Executive Summary will be available on the URISA website for FREE and a comprehensive analysis of the results will be available for purchase. In addition to salary data presented according to job title, employer type and geographical region, the survey delves into:

  • How have salary levels changed over the years?
  • Have GIS departments increased in size?
  • What non-technical skills are required?
  • What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?
  • What benefits do organizations typically offer?
  • How frequent do GIS professionals change jobs and are job changes within the same sector?
  • How long is the average workweek?
  • How has GIS certification impacted salaries?
  • Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?
  • … and much more

The online questionnaire will be active until July 31 and the entire GIS community is invited to participate. The information collected will not be used for additional purposes, nor will URISA seek to personally identify participants nor connect any individuals with specific responses. Results will be presented according to various groupings (by job title, region, type of organization, etc.).

Participants may elect to enter a drawing for one of TEN $100 discount coupons good for any URISA event or product purchase, upon completion of the questionnaire.

Click here to access the online questionnaire.

Quick Hits from 2011:

  • GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs
  • The average salary of survey respondents was $61,540—an increase of 2.5%
  • GIS Managers saw a 3.8% increase in salary in 2011—from $67,302 to $69,842
  • Over 65% of respondents are employed within some level of government—from local to federal agencies
  • Most respondents to this survey hold GIS-related titles, with many possessing management responsibilities

For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, click here.

Geospatial Manager Position

Salary range $80,000 to $90,000, depending on qualifications.

TITLE: Geospatial Manager
STATUS: Permanent, full-time
ORGANIZATION: Stanford University, Branner Earth Sciences Library
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services, Branner Earth Sciences Library (Assistant Director)

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please go to and search for job number 63118.

General description

The Geospatial Manager is the head of the Stanford Geospatial Center. Together with the Assistant Director, the Geospatial Manager sustains and strengthens the GIS program as the primary provider of GIS-based services, research consultation, and user education to Stanford University (SU) students, faculty and staff from all departments across campus.

This position is based in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, but the Geospatial Manager collaborates with and provides high-level technical support to other resource groups on campus in an effort to establish coordinated geospatial technology support to the entire campus. S/he provides geospatial support to users from a wide-range of academic disciplines (Earth Sciences to History to Epidemiology) applying GIS methods to a variety of disciplines.

In support of campus research and instructional needs, the Geospatial Manager designs and delivers instruction to geospatial users, assisting the integration of geospatial skills into the curriculum. S/he also leads an ongoing outreach program to expand understanding and utilization of GIS throughout all appropriate departments at Stanford. The program supports nearly 1,000 students and faculty with over 100 workshops, class lectures, and presentations per year. In the past year nearly 6,000 one-on-one reference consultations via email, phone and in-person.

The Geospatial Manager oversees the work of the Geospatial Reference and Instruction Specialist as well as numerous hourly and student workers.

The Geospatial Manager collaborates with library staff and faculty members to develop and implement new directions and long-range plans for improving the provision of geospatial services.   This long-range planning includes creation of curriculum-specific teaching materials and workshops for different disciplines, providing outreach and support services to the main and branch libraries, and providing GIS support specifically for the upcoming David Rumsey Map Center. The Manager works in collaboration with the programmers of the Digital Library Systems and Services group (DLSS) and the Scientific Metadata Librarian on the development of the Library’s geospatial discovery environment, GeoBlacklight.

The Geospatial Manager supports the geospatial operations in Branner Library, which include: selecting GIS software, data, hardware and peripherals; training and supervising a student staff person to assist with geospatial services and Website maintenance; managing campus-wide GIS software licenses; and maintaining nine networked public PCs, dedicated to GIS.

The Geospatial Manager is expected participate in national initiatives including joint projects with other universities, attending national and international meetings to discuss the program, and to work collaboratively with colleagues around the world as appropriate to support the program.

The Geospatial Manager is a member of the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) of the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides expert geospatial technology consultation services to users with varying needs and abilities ranging from basic GIS skills to research level analysis involving manipulating, customizing, querying, or modeling of data. This may at times be in greater depth for patrons needing special assistance for courses or projects heavily using GIS.
  2. Works with Assistant Director on all aspects of the program from outreach, data acquisition, and collection management to future planning for services in the campus user community.
  3. Designs, creates and delivers geospatial training and documentation to patrons and staff.  Content of the training varies from group to group, ranging from accessing geospatial imagery and data to teaching a specific GIS software application.
  4. Manages the work of the Geospatial Instruction and Reference Specialist.
  5. Assesses ongoing campus user needs for GIS. Maintains current awareness of geospatial data and imagery availability (including Internet resources), software, and hardware.
  6. Continually builds and maintains campus-wide access to over three terabytes of geospatial data and imagery. Work closely with the Assistant Director, the Digital Library Systems and Services team, and the Scientific Metadata Librarian to create an infrastructure, interface, metadata, and protocols for search/display/retention of the content.
  7. Designs and manages the Branner library GIS web site, including access for users to download GIS software programs.
  8. With the Geospatial Instruction and Reference Specialist, hires and trains students and hourlies who assists with geospatial reference, workshops, and project work.
  9. Serves as a software license administrator for the ESRI software suite. Serves as Stanford’s primary contact to ESRI, our most heavily-used GIS software company, and is authorized to contact their technical support.
  10. Maintains awareness of current trends in GIS & related technologies by attending user conferences and regional meetings, communicating with staff and faculty from geospatial labs at other universities, and through communication with the Stanford campus administrative units using GIS, such as the Planning and Facilities Offices.


  1. Required technical qualifications:
    • Minimum three years work experience or academic background with ESRI and Google geospatial products.   This includes the ability to use, test, analyze (at an advanced level), document and provide training for geographic information systems software
    • The ability to manage geospatial projects from start to finish a must.
    • Knowledge of spatial data formats and metadata issues.
    • Working knowledge of web mapping applications such as Google Map Engine, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Server.
  2. Desired technical qualifications:
    • Familiarity with other GIS (QGIS, Grass, GeoDa) or GES (Google Earth Pro, Google Maps Engine) products.
    • Some GIS programming/scripting experience (Python).
    • Knowledge of geospatial technologies such as GPS (Garmin/Trimble) and remote sensing software (ENVI/Erdas).
  3. Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in Geography, or a related Engineering, Physical, Social or Computer science discipline.
  4. Demonstrated experience with planning and executing significant improvements in programs, showing initiative, independence and sound judgment in problem-solving.
  5. Experience in teaching and working in a public service unit where training others is necessary.
  6. Experience in managing and scaling a program that is experiencing rapid growth now and in the future.
  7. Desired experience with web page creation, preferably using Drupal software and having knowledge of HTML and/or JavaScript.
  8. High degree of computer literacy and interest in current advances in new technologies. Experience with Windows operating systems, including installation and configuration of hardware & software in a networked computing environment, and in applying diagnostic techniques for troubleshooting.
  9. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff.
  10. Ability to multi-task at a variety of levels in a fast-paced environment from creating an overall strategy for the program to day-to-day logistical management of the Center.
  11. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse clientele.

EIS Mapper

If you deal with environmental issues or if you work with planners who are developing sites, this website may be useful.

The EIS Mapper displays information for each state with data from EPA’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Database.  Included are EISs filed since 2004 up to the present (previous week), statements with open comment or wait periods, and EPA comment letters.  Using the map application, you gain access to electronic copies of the documents.

The EIS Mapper is a valuable tool for environmental research, planning and municipal developers, property owners, legal research of companies and properties, and for anyone doing historical research on environmental related activities in the United States.  Check it out.