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.

Part Time GIS Analyst Position

The City of Anaheim has a part time GIS Analyst I position that is currently open.  The position will support multiple departments with their varied and unique needs.  Under direction, the GIS Analyst performs computer application and/or database design, development, and implementation services for Citywide users utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

For more information and to apply, click here.

2020 Census LUCA Operation to Begin

Starting in July, governments around the country will start the process of ensuring the accuracy of their address lists through the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses operation. LUCA is a voluntary, once-a-decade opportunity for governments to add, correct or delete addresses on the lists and maps used to conduct the decennial census. An accurate and complete census helps governments plan for future infrastructure, program and service needs.

On July 14, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin mailing invitation letters and registration forms to approximately 39,000 tribal, state and local governments across the nation to encourage them to participate in LUCA. This operation is the only opportunity governments have to review and improve the Census Bureau’s residential address list before the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarter and associated population for inclusion in the 2020 Census. Participation in LUCA helps ensure an accurate decennial census count in communities across the nation.

LUCA Participation

All LUCA participants receive:

  • A complete census address list for their jurisdiction to review and update.
  • A list that contains the Census Bureau’s count of residential addresses for each census block within their government for reference.
  • Census Bureau maps.

Promotional workshops are underway, and starting in October, training workshops will offer “hands-on” experience using the LUCA materials. Self-training aids and webinars will also be available through the LUCA website. Beginning in February 2018, registered participants will receive materials to review the Census Bureau’s address list for their jurisdiction, and they will have 120 days to return their updates to the Census Bureau.

Other LUCA milestones and information can be found in the 2020 Census detailed LUCA Information Guide.

Road to the 2020 Census

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The Census Bureau is using expert resources and experience in and out of the government to make the 2020 Census a success. As census operations and testing move forward, the Census Bureau will continue to improve its innovations using mobile and geospatial technology, administrative records and self-response via the internet.

Daniel Velez
Public Information Office
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