About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

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

SCAG 2021 Student Showcase

SCAG is inviting college and university students in the region an opportunity to conceptualize, create, and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

The 2021 Student Showcase will be a virtual StoryMap competition with two award categories: Innovation and Planning. An internal staff of planning professionals will evaluate the projects and select four winners.

In all, there will be a total of $6,000 awarded (one $2,000 first place prize and one runner-up $1,000 prize each per category).

Click here for more info.

Want to learn more about ArcGIS StoryMaps? Attend the Toolbox Tuesday on StoryMapping: Transforming Data Into Interactive Stories on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Entrants may also review meeting materials that will be posted online following the training to participate. 

Cartography MOOC

If you are looking at developing your cartography skills, why not take this free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Cartography, presented by ESRI. You will learn how to make beautiful maps using ArcGIS Pro. You get free access to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.

The class has already started, Feb 3, but you can still jump in. Just register by Feb 14. Check it out!

NASA Remote Sensing Webinar Series

NASA has a free remote sensing webinar series presented by their Applied Remote Sensing Training Program. Their introductory 4 part webinar will be about the use of Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF) and LIDAR to assess vegetation change and vulnerability.

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to understand the basic concepts of SIF and LIDAR sensors, how to interpret the measurements, and how they can be used to address different applications. In addition, attendees will also be able to access, open, and analyze SIF and LIDAR data.

The series starts in March 2021. Click below for more info and to register.

Be a Spatial Analytics Pro

Every month the ESRI State & Local Connect webinar series brings you 45 minutes of content you need to know, from the people who are dedicated to helping you succeed with GIS. This month the team is introducing The GIS Professional’s Guide to Spatial Analytics webinar.

You’ve heard of spatial analytics, but are you taking full advantage of the capabilities that are already at your fingertips? This capability that helps us uncover hidden patterns, make predictions, and understand changes over time also allows you to improve government services and take meaningful action. This webinar will show you the ready-to-use ArcGIS capabilities for spatial analytics.

Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • See how spatial analytics will allow you to respond to challenges faster and with more confidence and understanding.
  • Explore examples of organizations already taking advantage of these capabilities, including predictive analysis, pattern detection, and object detection.
  • Learn what resources are available to help you get started quickly and stand out within your organization.​

Click here to register for the webinar. It is on January 20, 10-10:45am PST.