MS in GISci at CSULB

The Department of Geography at California State University Long Beach is accepting applications for our Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) degree program.  The application deadline is April 1st; the FAFSA deadline is March 2nd (

Key Program Features: ▪ 1-year completion time (30 units). ▪ Schedule is designed to meet the needs of working professionals (courses are offered on weeknights and Saturdays) ▪ Tuition and fees are just under $20,000.  Additional program details and application information can be found at

Suzanne P. Wechsler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Geography, California State University Long Beach (CSULB)
Director, Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci)

Google & ESRI

After Google’s announcement that they were ending support of Google Maps Engine and their implied retirement of Google Earth Enterprise, as well as Google Earth Pro which is now free, ESRI has teamed up with Google to offer GME and GEE customers no-cost ESRI replacement software for a year (after that they pay maintenance).  Also included is no-cost training and attending the annual User Conference at no cost.

CGIA GeoSummit at UC Merced

California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) is hosting their fourth annual CGIA GeoSummit at UC Merced, Friday March 13, 2015.

This event brings together state and regional GIS experts, educators, graduate students, and faculty using GIS in their research, in addition to community members with an interest in GIS.  The event this year features speakers from all walks of GIS to share their work, the latest in GIS technology, student presentations, and a map gallery.  For more info, visit their website.

Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS

New to GIS?  New to QGIS open source software?  Check out this free self paced course from Del Mar College introducing you to GIS and QGIS software.  The course opens today.

Topics covered in this course include GIS, cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis through a series of lectures and hands-on computer-based exercises. This course is designed to be used as a stand-alone course to complement other disciplines or as an entry level course into a geospatial program. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations, including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists.

If you consider yourself knowledgeable in GIS, but want to know more about QGIS open source software, visit the QGIS website and follow the training manual.

Free ArcGIS Pro Training

New to ArcGIS Pro?  Take advantage of ESRI’s free online training to learn the key capabilities of the software:

ArcGIS Pro interface

  • Project structure
  • Explore the ArcGIS Pro interface and structure
  • Map views
  • Work with map views


  • Editing workflow
  • Edit in ArcGIS Pro


  • Geoprocessing and visual analysis
  • Perform analysis in ArcGIS Pro
  • Perform visual analysis of 3D data

Sharing projects

  • Map layouts
  • Create map layouts
  • Packages
  • Create a package file
  • Web layers and web maps
  • (Optional) Share a web layer

ArcGIS Pro licenses come with your ArcGIS Desktop licenses.  You will also need an ArcGIS Online Organizational account.

Geospatial Technology and the Future of the City

Future cities will be much smarter. Everything will be measured in real time and in fine detail through the deployment of sophisticated arrays of sensors. GIS will play a major part in integrating mountains of real-time data so it can be understood and acted on. It will improve applications that range from managing environmental quality and the built environment to land-use and transportation planning. The result will be better decisions, more efficiency, and improved communication.

One of Jack Dangermond’s thoughts about the Future of the City.