Google Maptoberfest

Dear Developers + Mappers:

Please join me for the inaugural Google Maptoberfest. Engineers and Product Managers from the Google Maps team will be on hand for you to ask questions about our mapping tools and APIs. We also want to hear about your apps and sites and learn more about how developers are building great maps and location based experiences.

Register for Maptoberfest here. Date, time and location below.


Brian McClendon
VP, Google Maps and Google Earth

Google Maptoberfest
October 29, 2014, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Obscura Digital, 729 Tennessee St., San Francisco


New Policy for GNIS

New Policy Regarding the Maintenance of Administrative Feature Names in the GNIS

Effective October 1, 2014: As a result of reprioritized budgets and resources, the decision has been made to suspend the maintenance of feature categories classified in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) as administrative (i.e., cultural or manmade).

However, a select number of administrative features will continue to be maintained by other USGS programs supporting The National Map. These features will be updated in GNIS on a periodic revision cycle. If you are interested in participating in the USGS National Map Corps program, which “encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database,” please visit the following web site: To identify the administrative features to be maintained through The National Map Corps program, click Structures List, located on the left-hand side of the web page.

If you have further questions, please visit The National Map home page at: Inquiries may be submitted to The National Map via the link at the bottom of the page.


LA County Assessor Maps Have Moved

Just an FYI to all City GIS staff in LA County.  If you have GIS applications or data that have links to the LA County Assessor maps, you might find them broken now.  It looks like LA County has moved the links since they updated their Property Assessment Information System application here.

For example, this old PDF link:

has been replaced with this new one:

Burbank has a few apps that are broken now.  I bet you do too!  -mike

MaptimeLA October Meetings

@MAPTIMELA is getting busy! Head Downtown in October to Fehr and Peers at 6:30pm, Late Happy Hours After Meetup at Library Bar downtown. Bring Your Projects and Your Data!!!

Thursday, 10/2
New Stamen LA’s Chief Jon Christensen Tells His Story

Monday, 10/6
“Expedition to the End of the World” Special One-Day-Only MaptimeLA Encore Showing

Thursday, 10/16
Data Day:  Ben Welsh from the LA Times Data Desk and Mark Greninger from the LA County GIS Data Portal!

Thursday, 10/30
Maptime 5:  Details To Be Announced!

Woodcut Maps

Want a custom handcrafted wood-inlay map?  Zoom into an area on a map and this company will create a woodcut map of that area for you.  Choose type of wood combos for land, water, parks, and roads, and also customize the border, data source (Google or OpenStreetMap), road detail, and if you want to include hospitals, schools, and buildings.  Check it out!


Remember, only 96 days until Christmas!  Or less if you are reading this later.