SCAG’s Regional Data Platform

Professor Steve Goldsmith of Urban Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School interviews Rex Richardson, the president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Darin Chidsey, SCAG’s chief operating officer. One of Richardson and Chidsey’s biggest projects is the creation of a Regional Data Platform that will serve as a data sharing and visualization platform for all of SCAG’s member cities.

Transcript available here.

Open Access to Key Federal Geospatial Data

Working with federal agencies, ESRI is opening up access in ArcGIS Online to dozens of high-priority, high-demand national data layers, often referred to as A-16 data. These include cartographic boundary files and demographic data from the US Census Bureau; National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Click below to read more about it!

What Should City Managers Know About GIS?

I’ll be doing a GIS (and probably census) presentation to a group of city managers in a few weeks. What do you wish city managers knew about GIS? What is on the horizon they should be aware of? I’ve done many of these presentations over the years and would really like to hear others’ ideas. Don’t worry, I won’t tell them who said what! You can email me at I’d be happy to share the list.


Rio Hondo College GIS

Rio Hondo College GIS Courses are scheduled for both online and in the field this fall starting August 23rd.  GIS labs on campus are available for use.  Fall courses include Introduction to GIS, Intermediate GIS, (Surveying w/) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Cartography, Crime Mapping and Geospatial Programming (Python).  Furthermore, the campus GIS labs are currently available on campus. For more information visit

Imagery MOOC

ESRI has a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Imagery. If you’re interested in test-driving ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online, ESRI’s new cloud-based imagery product, or seeing how to bring drone-captured imagery into ArcGIS Pro for visualization and analysis, this no-cost course is a great opportunity. The course is from August 11 to September 22, 2021 and is free. Check it out and sign up!