Mapping Grand Canyon National Park

For those of you that like historical cartography and the Grand Canyon, you might find this online lecture very interesting.

2021 “Maps & America” Arthur Holzheimer Lecture: “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park”
April 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.)
Mapping Grand Canyon National Park 

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.), will present a virtual talk, “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park,” on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4 pm PDT.

Patterson’s presentation will focus on four recently published maps of Grand Canyon National Park that owe their design inspiration to renowned mapmakers of the twentieth century.

This will be the 31st annual Maps & America lecture, supported by an endowment created by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.

The lecture series was inaugurated by the noted cartographic historian, Brian Harley, in 1990. Over the years, the series has featured many of the leading figures in the field of map history and provided a multifaceted survey of this rapidly developing field. A list of previous speakers can be viewed here.

Click below to register for the webinar.

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB – Apply Now for Fall 2021!

Geospatial is everywhere. Harness and hone your geospatial skills and the power of the technology through a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

The MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program offered through the Department of Geography at CSULB. Classes are scheduled on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at http://www.beachgis.com.

Application review will begin April 1st. The deadline for domestic applicants is June 1st and April 1st for international students. 

Make sure to apply for financial aid for all graduate programs you may be considering. https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  

ArcGIS Earth Technical Session

Join the ArcGIS Earth team on February 24 for a technical session at the ESRI Federal GIS Conference to introduce the newest capabilities available in ArcGIS Earth. Whether you’re a first-time user or a seasoned professional, this session is designed to bring value to all ArcGIS Earth users by delivering a product overview as well as a demonstration of some of the newest, most exciting capabilities currently available, and a sneak peek into what’s on the roadmap. The session will be followed by a live Q&A with the product team to field all your questions related to ArcGIS Earth. Click here for more info and to register.

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!

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.

Rio Hondo College GIS Spring 2021 Courses

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start January 30th. Classes are entirely online and our high tech GIS lab is accessible to you via remote desktop. All sessions are recorded in the event you are unable to attend class at scheduled times. More information can be found at www.riohondo.edu/gis

Spring classes include the latest class GIS 150 which prepares you for Remote Pilot (Drone) Commercial Exam and includes survey mapping workflow to generate survey grade inputs for GIS.

  • Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) 4 units  (2 offerings) CRN 30873 / 30883
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) (GIS 150) CRN 77010
  • Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) CRN 35497
  • GIS Applications (GIS 220) CRN 30890
  • GIS for Environmental Applications (GIS 230) CRN 36055
  • Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services  (GIS 280)  CRN 37120

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are classes online? 

Yes, part of what makes online courses so convenient is that you don’t have to commute to Rio Hondo Campus but can instead complete your coursework from home. For many of us today, we find ourselves at home with families and unexpected happenings and would much prefer the convenience of online with the ability to work on your own schedule.

Do I need a Computer?  

Yes, however, software install is optional given that you  will have access to the fast high tech labs with the latest GIS and related softwares via remote desktop. No software configuration required on your computer (Windows or Mac).  Computer mouse is required. 

Are the Classes Asynchronous or Synchronous (live)? 

Classes can be completed asynchronous.  However you are encouraged to join us for the first 60 minute sessions for each class.  The sessions are always recorded and made available later that evening for students with a conflicting schedule.

How to Register? 

Apply for admission and register this week and entirely online.  To register for classes, you must first apply for admission (entirely free online). Applying for admission and registering cannot be any easier and steps found here.

Are Rio Hondo courses transferable to 4 year?

Yes. Select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities.

Where can I obtain more information?

Simple, contact Prof. Warren Roberts wroberts@riohondo.edu