NextGen Brings More Aircraft Noise to SoCal

The Next-Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will most likely bring more aircraft noise to Southern California.  Residents of Mar Vista, Culver City, Santa Monica, and Pacific Palisades already are noticing jets flying in and out at lower altitudes and more often.  This is because the NextGen system uses satellites instead of air traffic controllers for precision separation of aircraft, allowing them to fly at lower altitudes and much closer together for landings and departures.  Continue reading

New GIS Book Call For Chapters

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit a chapter for the book “Volunteered Geographic Information and the Future of Geospatial Data”, scheduled for release in 2017.

For further information, please visit .

Submission proposal deadline: May 14, 2016 (1-page proposal).

Please kindly help circulate this call among your colleagues and students who may be interested.

Dr. Claudio Campelo, UFCG, Brazil
Dr. Michela Bertolotto, UCD, Ireland
Dr. Padraig Corcoran, Cardiff University, UK


Free ArcGIS Online Spatial Analysis Course

Learn what spatial analysis can do for you with a free online course from ESRI.  The course is for people who know something about spatial analysis and want to learn what ArcGIS Online has to offer.  You will get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online during the course:

  • Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, case studies, and discussion
  • Six weeks, two to three hours of study per week
  • Certificate of completion and awards
  • Course dates: May 11 – June 22, 2016

Sign up today!

Free Python Stuff

Looking for free basic Python training?  Check out these free webinars:

  1. 7 Reasons All GIS Professionals Should Learn How to Program with Python
  2. Creating Variables and Assigning Data
  3. Basic Python Statements
  4. Creating and Using Functions in Python
  5. Using Advanced Python Data Structures (Lists, Tuples, Dictionaries)
  6. Using Advanced Python Data Structures (Classes and Objects)
  7. Reading and Writing Text Files with Python
  8. Introduction to ArcPy
  9. Building GUI Applications for ArcGIS Desktop with Python – Part 1
  10. Building GUI Applications for ArcGIS Desktop with Python – Part 2

Looking for a free Python book?  Check this one out!


Parcel Center XY: Using ArcGIS Server REST API

We currently have a business need to get at parcel center points using parcel numbers.  If some of our business systems can communicate using HTTP, I thought using the ArcGIS Server REST API with our map service would be ideal.  But first I needed to figure out how to do it.  What better way to test the concept by building a Python script! Continue reading