Did you get up early and look at the lunar eclipse this morning? If not, here was the shot from Griffith Observatory:
And now for the jobs today!
GIS Analyst – San Diego area
GIS Specialist I – Coachella Valley Water District
Technical Specialist II GIS – Los Angeles area
There will be a rare total lunar eclipse tomorrow … well not that the eclipse is rare, but it will be happening at the same time as the blue moon and supermoon, an event that has not happened in over 150 years.
In the LA area, you will need to get up early to see it. The full eclipse begins 4:51am with the maximum at 5:29am:
Looking to buy a drone to collect imagery and other data? Check out PC Magazine’s Best Drones of 2018 lineup.
However, do keep in mind that the USDA, DHS, and DoD have disqualified DJI drone manufacturer as they tend to send too much data home to China. You can read about it here.
The CNPS Conservation Conference will be held next week at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, February 1-3. This conference only takes place every 3 years, so it is a big event when it happens.
ESRI is donating two ArcGIS Pro packages to be auctioned off. You can find the auction (plus others) at the conference’s auctions page. You can also have a chance to name a newly discovered rate plant! Click below to check out the conference and sign up.
This year CalGIS and URISA GIS-Pro will be combined together in Palm Springs on October 9-12 2018.
There is a call for presentations right now.
Get signed up to present and let’s have great representation from SoCal!
Reduced funding from federal partners are causing the USDA Farm Service Agency to explore funding and licensing options for NAIP. NorCal URISA is holding a public forum to have a conversation across the community about NAIP and perhaps bring more use cases and needs forward that might otherwise go unaided. A representative from USDA is planning on attending this meeting and giving a short overview, after that there will be an open discussion about use cases for how you have been using NAIP. Your use cases will be assembled for our friends at the USDA and Save the NAIP so that they can have more examples about the far-reaching benefits of this valuable dataset.
The in-person meeting will be held on January 25th, 2018, from 2pm to 4:30pm PST at: West Sacramento Galleria – 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691.
There will also be an online webinar for the meeting as well. Please register in advance if interested.
Interesting article about moving from ArcGIS to open-source GIS, though be aware in the end this consultant is trying to sell you training. I would disagree with the author’s statement:
Many people who come from an ESRI-centric GIS education tend to think that ESRI is the standard because it is the most popular commercial GIS software, but in fact the opposite is true. Most open source GIS software will yield the same results because they implement the same SFS geometry model and the same GEOS vector functions. But ESRI software may not, because it uses its own proprietary geometry model and its own proprietary spatial functions.
He does go on the say ESRI’s software has been around a long time and stood the test of time. I would argue that Continue reading
Many companies are becoming more open about how and where their products are manufactured. The Nike Manufacturing Map is an interactive map which shows the location of independent factories contracted to make Nike products. The map also allows you to access information about the product made by each factory and data about the employees. Continue reading