LEGO Art World Map

If you like maps and LEGOs, then this is for you! This new addition to the LEGO Art collection contains the most pieces ever included in a set in LEGO’s history … 11,695 pieces! The world map measures 25.5 inches high by 40.5 inches wide when completed. The map is made up of 40 interconnecting base plates which are divided into three sections for the build that can be arranged in one of three ways, allowing you to place your favorite part of the world in the center of the map.

And check this out, there are customizable brick-built push pins that you can use to mark out destinations already visited or highlight those still on your bucket list! All of this for only $249.99! Available June 1st. Check it out!

Chair and Vice Chair needed for California GIS Council

The California GIS Council needs a Chair and a Vice Chair to serve July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The Vice Chair would move into the Chair position for the July 2022 – June 2023 term.

The original deadline of May 7 has been extended. The nomination period for the Council’s Chair and Vice Chair for 2021-2022 fiscal year will close at 5:00 pm on May 13, 2021. Self-nominations are highly encouraged! Please consider nominating a colleague or stepping up yourself for this opportunity to help facilitate greater cooperation throughout the State of California by supporting the collection, acquisition, sharing, and dissemination of GIS data, standards, and policies.

Nominees must specify a constituency that they identify with. Please note that identification with a constituency does not imply any official representation; rather, an individual brings the perspective of one’s work within that constituency to the Council. The Council Charter identifies the following constituencies:

State Government
Federal Government
County Government
City Government
Tribal Government
Regional Government and Regional GIS Councils
Special Districts
Private Industry
Professional Associations
Public and Private Utilities

The positions’ responsibilities are specified in Section 4 of the Council Charter:

“The Chair will be responsible for scheduling Council meetings, presiding over the Council, and representing the Council in public meetings.”

“The Council will elect a Vice Chair from a different constituency than the Chair for a one-year term. The Vice Chair becomes the Chair the following year. The Vice Chair will be responsible for supporting the Chair in his or her responsibilities and fulfilling the Chair’s duties when the Chair is unavailable.”

The time commitment for the Chair position can average out to about 8 hours per month. Additional time may be needed for any Workgroups that the Chair may also be involved with. The most time is spent in the weeks leading up to the quarterly meetings. It’s usually a bit less for Vice Chair. Anyone considering taking on these roles is welcome to contact the current Chair Jane Schafer-Kramer and current Vice Chair Ashlee Llewellyn at or message us on LinkedIn to inquire further.

Nominations are being accepted now and will close at 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2021.  Please use the form linked below to enter your nomination. Those nominating themselves should be prepared to include a brief candidate statement. If you are nominating someone else, please inform them that you are doing so!

GIS Council Chair Nomination Form

GIS Council Vice Chair Nomination Form

Thank you,

Jane Schafer-Kramer
California GIS Council Chair until June 30, 2021

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Cinco De Mayo on the Map

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.

Check out the story by clicking the map below!

Still Time for your MS in GIS!

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB – Apply Now for Fall 2021!

The Department of Geography at California State University is accepting applications for our 1-year 30-unit Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci). Classes are scheduled on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until June 1st 2021.