About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

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

See What Others Can’t Campaign

Looks like ESRI is starting a new campaign called “See What Others Can’t“.  If you attended the 2019 Users Conference in July, you saw some of this already.

According to an email that went out to users, they will be extending the campaign “to include billboards and print, TV, and digital ads.”  Billboards and TV?  That should be interesting to see.  When someone asks you what you do, ask them if they saw the TV commercial or billboard!  Here is one of the commercials.

ESRI would like users to embrace and amplify the message on the campaign’s new website to share your stories and feedback with ESRI.  Check it out!


How The Metric System Was Created

I remember trying to learn the metric system back in elementary school (1970’s).  Then it just went away like it was not important anymore.  I did not have to deal with it again until college.

How was the metric system created and adopted?  Well, France created the metric system!  The French Revolution (1789-99) and revolutionaries caused changes in many things, including the way things were measured in France.  The French public really did not like the new system and went back to the old ways, which exasperated Paris authorities, so the government sent police inspectors to marketplaces to enforce the new system.  In 1812, Napoleon abandoned the metric system though it was still taught in schools.  However, by 1840 it was reinstated.  Click below to read more about it!