About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

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


GIS professionals are invited to take URISA on a test drive for the ‘better’ half of 2020.

Because membership dues are pro-rated according to the date of purchase, you can join now through June 30 at half-price and take advantage of member benefits for the rest of the year.

Consider individual or organization membership:

Take advantage of free and discounted education and training; professional development opportunities; and a welcoming community.

Check it out today: https://www.urisa.org/membership

Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro

ESRI Press is releasing two a new books in July, titled Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro and Advanced Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro.

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Like the book before them written for ArcGIS Desktop (Python Scripting for ArcGIS), these books guide you through similar exercises using ArcGIS Pro.

The Python Scripting book guides you through using Python, step by step, and will teach you how to write scripts that work with spatial data in ArcGIS Pro.  You will learn to automate geoprocessing workflows, increasing efficiency and saving time.  Things you will learn include:

  • Set up a Python editor.
  • Automate geoprocessing tasks.
  • Explore and manipulate spatial and tabular data.
  • Work with geometries using cursors.
  • Work with rasters and map algebra.
  • Automate mapping tasks.
  • Handle debugging and errors.

After mastering what you learned in the Python Scripting book, you can take your scripting skills to the next level with the Advanced Python Scripting book.  This book teaches you how to work with Python toolboxes, create and share script tools, manage Python packages and environments, work with Jupyter Notebook, use ArcPy and ArcGIS API for Python, and much more.

Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro comes in both print and e-book versions, 420 pages, $79.99 retail and about $52 on Amazon for pre-ordersAdvanced Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro also comes in both print and e-book versions, 290 pages, $69.99 retail and the same on Amazon right now.

COVID-19 Trends for US Counties

While we slowly open up again, there is that looming possibility of a COVID-19 second wave.  Data analysts have been crunching the numbers to see if they can identify any signs of a pending resurgence.  Check out this interactive map that shows daily data by US Counties, which include trends, days since last new case, recent outbreaks, active cases per 100,000 people, mortality rate by trend, deaths per 100,000 people, deaths as % of total cases, and state summaries.


Forest Inventory & Analysis Factsheet

If you are interested in exploring forestry statistics in your home state, you might enjoy the Forestry Inventory & Analysis Factsheet.  The resource provides “a brief overview of forest resources in each state based on an inventory conducted by the FIA program in cooperation with each State forestry agency.”  Factsheets were created using data from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis database.  To explore the data, toggle over the map and click on a state, or use the dropdown bar in the lower left-hand corner to select a state from the alphabetized list.  Check it out!