The Observatory of Economic Complexity

Besides having a cool name, the Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. It was created by a student working on their Master Thesis in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.

You can visualize a country’s import/export data by a tree map, stacked, network, rings, scatter, line, or geo map.  Check it out!



Geocortex Current Status and Road Ahead Webinar

Do you use Geocortex software?  Want to know the latest and greatest in Geocortex technology?  Join Drew Millen (Director, Products) and Lisa Cottrell (Marketing and Event Specialist) as they share their latest development work, and hear more about their plans for the future.

Intended for Geocortex licensees, topics include new and soon to be released features, upcoming events and training opportunities, deep dives into important Geocortex capabilities, and medium- and long-term plans on further integration with the ArcGIS platform and modern web GIS pattern.

The webinar will be on February 22 from 10-10:30am PST.  You can register here.

Next Gen 9-1-1 Workshops

The SoCal URISA Chapter is hosting two free Next Gen 9-1-1 events in Orange County on February 20th and LA County on February 21st.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Key stakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

For more info on these free workshops and to register, visit their Events page.

Free Cartography Course

Learn to design beautiful maps with Dr. Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer at ESRI. This 6 week cousre begins April 18th. You will learn how to use world-class GIS technology to gain the experience that employers seek. The course includes hands-on exercises, video discussions, quizzes, and demos, as well as a certificate of completion.  Sign up!


2018 Raskin Scholorship


The Raskin Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems.  The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences.  Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyber infrastructure and computing in the geosciences.  The Scholarship will provide a $5000 award and travel support to the ESIP summer meeting where they will have an invited talk covering their field of interest.

Details in brief:

  • Award: $5000/year + travel to the 2018 ESIP summer meeting
  • Eligibility: student, graduate student, early career (5 years post degree)
  • Application deadline: Apri1 2, 2018

For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the ESIP website.