1906 Isochronic Distance Chart

Travel in the slower days of 1906!  Here is an interesting map using “isochronic” lines, specifically lines depicting points which may be reached in the same number of hours or days from London in 1906.  Need to go to New York?  That will be about 8 days of travel.  San Francisco?  That will be about 15 days.  Santiago, Chile?  You are looking at over 40 days of travel.



Crowdsourced Remote Sensing

What do OpenStreetMap, National Map Corps, Wildebeest Watch, Frack Finder, PlanktonPortal, Galaxy Zoo, Disk Detective, Cyclone Center, SunSpotter, Map Give, and Geo-Wiki have in common?  They all use crowdsourced remote sensing for data collection, basically using people’s visual cognition skills which are better than machines to collect data from aerial and satellite images.  Check out the article here.

Local GIS Jobs This Week

GIS Implementation Specialist – Los Angeles area

GIS Systems Architect – Los Angeles area

GIS Technician – Los Angeles area

Spatial Data Administrator – Los Angeles area

Planner I – Los Angeles area

Service Planning Intern – Long Beach Transit

GIS Coordinator – Pasadena area

GIS Analyst – Los Angeles area

Geoscience Technician – Cerritos area and Torrance

GIS Software Developer – Los Angeles area

GIS Web Developer – Solana Beach area

GIS Specialist – Solana Beach area

Real Estate Apprentice – Santa Ana area

GIS Internship – EVMWD

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District has an opening for a GIS Intern.  The GIS Intern will assist in the maintenance and development of EVMWD’s Geographic Information System, such as creating, editing and maintaining geographic information system layers using a variety of GIS technologies; performing data analysis using GIS technologies; and producing a wide variety of maps, technical reports and related exhibits.  This is a part-time position available year round with flexible hours, not to exceed a yearly total of 999 hours.

Click here for more info and to apply.

Google Project Sunroof

Looks like Google is starting to calculate solar information on their building data.  They started Project Sunroof to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone by calculating the best solar plan.

Does that sound familiar?  It should since LA County has done that already with their Solar Map.

When you enter an address, Project Sunroof looks up the address in Google Maps and combines the map data with other databases to create a personalized roof analysis.  They compute how much sunlight hits your roof using their 3D building models, shadows cast by nearby structures and trees, sun positions over the year, and historical cloud and temp patterns.  They then recommend an installation size for your roof and reference local solar providers.

Currently Project Sunroof only covers Boston where the Sunroof Team is, the San Francisco Bay area where Google is, and Fresno … where one of the engineer’s mom lives.

Once they figure out the LA area, it will be interesting to compare it to LA County’s Solar Map information.

Take a look at the short video and visit the Project Sunroof website for more info.