The Kingdom of California

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will exhibit “The Kingdom of California: Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration” through January 2nd.  The exhibition displays 17th to 19th century maps and books, including maps showing California as an island as well as 19th century coastal charts.  Entry to the exhibit is free with paid museum admission.  Check it out!


A Map of Every Building In America

This one is interesting!  The New York Times has created a page with an interactive map showing every building in the US.  How did they do this?  They used data from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year.  Microsoft’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and extract out shapes of 125,192,184 buildings across the country.  Click below and read on!


Citizens Favor a More Digital Government

In a recent survey of citizens across the world it was found 86% view digital delivery of public services “as equally or more important” than traditional methods of public service delivery.  And most are willing to provide personal or potentially sensitive data to improve the personalization of services.  For example, 73% of citizens polled would provide biometric data such as fingerprints, retinal scans, or voice identification to government in exchange for more personalized service.  Of course Americans were about 10 percent less likely than their global counterparts to share personal information to improve government service delivery … I don’t blame them!  Click below to read more.


Harvard WorldMap

Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) has created Harvard WorldMap, an online open-source mapping platform developed to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.  WorldMap was created to provide a mapping platform that supports large datasets that also allows collaboration.  Anyone can create their own online mapping portal, upload large GIS layers and overlay them with other layers, and control access to their data.  Check it out!


IPAWS National Test Today

FEMA and FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.  That means today you will receive a WAS test message on your cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.  Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18pm EDT (11:18am PDT).

So when your cell phones start screaming at you, that is what’s going on!  For more information, visit


How is Your State Faring Economically?

According to an analysis of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia data, the top five states that lead other states in economic gains since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 are New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California and Georgia.  Click the map below to read the short article.


What would be interesting is another map showing what it was before Trump, or a map showing % change.