Spatial @ UCSB Conference

The Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB will be hosting its annual spatial@local2017 Poster and Plenary Session at Corwin Pavilion on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

This year the theme is Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel and will feature speakers from NCEAS and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

You can participate in this event, either as poster submitters, or as attendees to the plenary and viewers of the posters. Although the session has a theme, posters on any topic that addresses spatial analysis will be accepted.

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Nautical and International Waters Charts

Are you looking for nautical charts?  NOAA’s paper nautical charts are available as “print on demand” up to date to the time of purchase.  You can also download charts in PDF format for free.


Looking for open ocean and international waters charts?  They are produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and available through vendors as “print on demand” products.

Geography of the Post Office

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the introduction of the post office changed daily life in the Western United States. Over the course of 50 years, the number of post offices in this region expanded from just a handful to several hundred. Some post offices were established and stayed in operation long term; others had much shorter life spans as the west continued to change.

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Palomar College Drone-Con 2017

Palomar College is having a free Drone Conference on July 7th.  Join Educators, GIS Analysts, Precision Agriculture Specialists, Civil Engineers, Surveying and Mapping Technicians, Utility and Construction Inspectors, Photographers and Videographers along with Law Enforcement Officials, Emergency Responders, and Search and Rescue Personnel at the forefront of incorporating the use of drones in a rapidly emerging job market.

The Drone Conference for Educators and Industry Professionals will feature hands-on learning sessions, demonstrations, vendor exhibits, and guest speakers from various industry sectors including the University of California system, SDG&E, and DJI among others. The day will conclude with a networking reception followed by an evening show at the state-of-the-art Palomar College Planetarium.

To register for this FREE conference and for more information, visit their website.

Space is limited to 120 registrants, so be sure to register soon!

Tax Fun Facts!

Ah yes, taxes are due today!  And here are a few interesting sites you might want to visit.

Why are taxes due today, April 18th?

Basically because the 15th fell on a Saturday and Monday was Emancipation Day in Washington DC.  Read more about it here.

Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden.  Basically you are working for the government!  Continue reading

SCAG/ESRI Story Maps Student Challenge

Calling all students! The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently accepting abstracts for a student showcase at our annual Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 4 and 5 in Palm Desert. SCAG is looking for outstanding student work in two categories: sustainability planning posters and ESRI Story Maps using SCAG data. Continue reading