About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

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

Excel Not Working in ArcMap

Maybe you used to be able to open up Excel files in ArcCatalog and ArcMap, or maybe your new install will not open them.  You get this great message when you try to open Excel files:

Failed to connect to database. An underlying database error occurred. Class not registered

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This happens when your IT group moves you to Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or you never had Microsoft Office on your computer.  ArcCatalog and ArcMap depend on certain Microsoft Office system drivers to be installed on your computer which allows you to open Excel files in your GIS.  Sure would be nice if the error message would tell you that!

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Earth Science Visual Storyteller Position at JPL

Do you have a passion for Earth Science and want to share it with the world through your creative storytelling? Are you a master storyteller who can simplify complex Earth science concepts and use visualization and related technology to provide a deeper understanding of Earth science processes and how it can benefit society?

JPL’s Earth Public Engagement Office has an opportunity for you to help recommend, demonstrate and procure emerging visualization technologies, both hardware and software, that can be incorporated into JPL’s Earth science visualization capabilities and ensure they remain on the leading edge of visual storytelling technology.

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GIS Project Manager Position at CSUN

PROJECT MANAGER

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Start date: Immediate

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Center for Geospatial Science and Technology at California State University, Northridge is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented GIS Project Manager to support Center activities. More information about the Center can be found on our website at: https://www.csun.edu/cgst

This position requires an advanced understanding of GIS and an in-depth knowledge of ArcGIS 10.x. Under general supervision of Center Director, the Project Manager is responsible for a variety of duties related to managing GIS projects and supervising staff. These duties include administering GIS projects from conception to completion, developing budgets and proposals, managing project teams, serving as a liaison with Center clients and partners, developing documentation, supporting and developing Center GIS technology and training and supervising Center staff. The Project Manager will also perform other related duties as assigned.

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Free Access to Nearmap for Government

The aerial imagery company Nearmap announced today that it is making its high-resolution aerial imaging available free of charge to state, local, and county health officials and government agencies for COVID-19 relief effort planning. Agencies that do not currently have access to an active Nearmap subscription or trial can request this service immediately by visiting Nearmap’s website or calling 801-292-2321.

US Census Knowledge Quiz

What role do postal carriers play in census preparations? What new response category will be featured on this year’s census form? Test your Census expertise on these questions and more with the Pew Research Center’s U.S. Census Knowledge Quiz. The 12-question quiz covers the history, purpose, and changes to the U.S. Census and provides test-takers with answers and explanations immediately following their attempt.

Readers who are displeased with their results may want to sign up for the Pew Research Center’s “short email mini course” on the U.S. Census (accessible by clicking the linked text “email mini-course”). This free course is divided into five sections including “What is the census and why is it taken?” and “What is new and possibly challenging about the 2020 census?” Enrolled users will receive “an email with a lesson every few days,” allowing for a manageable way to better understand why this data collection process is so important.

If you are stuck at home with kids right now, a great teaching tool too!  Check it out by clicking here.

Also check out the Census Historical Timeline.  AND check out the 1940 Census website.  You can search for images of the pages people signed.  I was able to find my Grandparents who also listed my father and his sister when they were children, pretty cool!

Security Issue in ArcGIS Server

ESRI has discovered a critical vulnerability in the ArcGIS Server component of ArcGIS Enterprise resulting in a Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) issue when special steps are taken by someone with network access to the deployment. This can result in access to and control over other infrastructure resources by unauthenticated persons.

This security issue affects all supported versions prior to ArcGIS Server 10.8 on both Windows and Linux.  Click here for more info and how to fix.