Guerrilla Cartography Kickstarter

Guerrilla Cartography has a kickstarter for their upcoming Water Atlas project.  Contribution options include adding your location to the collaborators map, receiving a copy of the book, or even donating a copy of the book to your favorite school, library, or community center with your name printed on the inside cover.  Check it out.


Thanks goes to Chandler Sterling for pointing this one out!

GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College

GIS Fall Semester classes starts August 21st 
Pursue your GIS Certificate at Rio Hondo College.  Registration starts next week.  Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online.

Fall semester classes include two Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) courses including one located off site at the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW) at 900 S Fremont Ave, Alhambra.  Also offered is Cartography (GIS 221) and Intermediate GIS (GIS 220).

For more information visit or contact Prof Warren Roberts .

World Imagery Firefly

World Imagery Firefly was created for thematic maps.  Currently in beta, Firefly is an alternative view of the default World Imagery basemap, and is designed with desaturated colors.  When zoomed out, the map appears grayscale, but as you zoom in, the colors become more saturated until the full color detail of the imagery appears.  World Imagery Firefly is especially useful for overlays of  brightly styled layers when you want an imagery basemap, but do not want the imagery to compete with the layer styling.  Check it out.


2017 ESRI User Conference Plenary


Monday was the opening day to the 2017 ESRI User Conference in San Diego.  The Plenary session was full of info as usual.  It was all about Web GIS, Exploratory Data Analysis (Insights for ArcGIS), ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Server.  Some highlights from my notes:

  • Vector tiles can be in your own projection
  • Publish your models as a service
  • Use Enterprise Builder to quickly set parameters and will install/configure Web Adaptor, Portal, Server, and Data Store all at once
  • ArcGIS Pro supports annotation, grids and graticules in layouts, auto georeferencing tool for images, the Catalog is back, supports WFS, onscreen navigator for 3D navigation, dark themed version to use Pro in low light conditions, also can have multiple Pro windows open at the same time
  • ArcGIS Online has a feature where you add online imagery as a layer to your map and then when you click on it you get resolution/collection data info in the popup, also a better geocoder and you can right click to get “what’s here” info
  • Scene Viewer supports vector tiles, projected coordinate systems, 3D smart mapping, new sets of photo realistic 3D symbols, callouts, labels, declutter options, ability to view massive point clouds quickly, photo realistic scenes

I’m sure the whole Plenary session from today will be viewable soon on ESRI’s video webite.