About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

Michael Carson, GIS Manager for the City of Burbank and President of Southern California Government GIS User Group

/bin/rm -r -f *

Early on in my GIS career I worked for a data conversion company. Our clients were mostly local governments wanting to convert paper maps into digital data for their new GIS software installations (think Arc/Info 7 and ArcView 3). We would work on Sun SPARCstations running SunOS Unix and Arc/Info. We called the Sun workstations “pizzabox” machines because of their shape.

One day while I had a bunch of windows open and working too fast, I decided I was done with my temp data in a directory and decided to delete everything, so at the unix prompt I issued the command “rm -r -f *”, which if you did not know means delete everything without asking with force! So you know when you hit that enter key and then realize you just deleted stuff you should have not deleted? Yes, I happened to be in the window that was in the unix library directory (/lib) and just hosed the unix operating system! Why did I have admin rights again?

Needless to say, our system admin had to spend some precious time bringing my workstation back to life. I told him at least I still had my temp data to delete again! He did not appreciate that one.

So if you cringed when I mentioned that command, check out this story about how the movie Toy Story 2 was almost killed in the same way!

USGS lidar webinar: Costsharing in FY2022

The USGS National Geospatial Program is hosting a public webinar to provide information about the 3DEP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation for cost sharing assistance in lidar projects for the upcoming Federal 2022 fiscal year. If you have interest in funding or are in the early stages of coordinating a lidar collection for your area of interest, this webinar will give you the information you need for FY2022 and beyond.

The webinar will be held on August 11, 2021. Click here for more info and to register.

Introducing the Regional Data Platform (RDP) for Southern California

Wednesday at 1:45pm PDT the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be hosting a special workshop showcasing the newly developed capabilities and features of the soon-to-be launched Regional Data Platform (RDP) pilot project. The RDP is SCAG’s biggest and most transformational initiative to date – providing a robust system for regional information sharing and collaboration to support more effective local and regional planning. During this hour-long session, SCAG and ESRI will demonstrate tools and applications for local planning that will be made available to all SCAG jurisdictions at launch, and showcase some features that will be piloted with a smaller group prior to rollout to the rest of the region.

You can access the session through the ESRI UC Web Agenda. You can find it on the UC web page > sessions: https://uc2021.esri.com/sessions and will be able to join using the “Join now” button which will appear the day-of.

If you are already logged into the ESRI UC, the direct link to the session is https://uc2021.esri.com/live-stream/19779010/Introducing-the-Regional-Data-Platform-RDP-for-Southern-California .