World Atlas of Desertification

20 years have passed since the last atlas of desertification was published by the EU.  Within that short period, the environment has undergone enormous global changes due largely to human activities.  Fortunately, because of the massive increase and growth in the availability of global and regional datasets, and the tools necessary to analyze them, significant progress has been made in understanding human-environment interactions.  Continue reading

CAMS Partnership Meeting

The Los Angeles County Countywide Address Management System (CAMS) is a system that supports the County’s role in maintaining accurate, authoritative, geospatially referenced, situs (physical) address information for the entire County of Los Angeles including all incorporated Cities within.

The Los Angeles County eGIS Group is hosting an meeting for the incorporated city jurisdictions on December 6th. This meeting is intended to open the lines of dialog regarding “Addressing Authority” roles, responsibilities, and build an addressing partnership for LA County Cities and the countywide address process.

For more information about CAMS, visit the LA County Enterprise GIS website.  To register for the meeting click below.

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Error: Failed to connect to database

Have you tried to open a Microsoft Excel file in ArcMap and get the following error?

Error: Failed to connect to database. An underlying database error occurred. Class not registered.

I used to be able to open Excel files and now it stopped working.  What happened?  Well … our computers were recently upgraded to Microsoft Office 365 and when that happened it removed an important driver that ArcMap uses to open Excel files.

What to do?  Head on over to this ESRI Technical Support article and install the Microsoft Office system driver.  Don’t worry if you were using a version of Office other than 2007, the driver will work for you.  It fixed my problem!

The One-Page GIS ROI Approach

Some of you might remember Wade Kloos when he was working at ESRI as an Account Manager for the LA and Orange County areas many years ago.  He is currently the Director of Enterprise Systems at Utah Department of Natural Resources and has recently done a presentation at the 2018 NWGIS User Conference about why ROI studies rarely get done and how you can use a One-Page GIS ROI solution yourself for free!

He states, “By doing this ROI investigation yourself, Continue reading