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

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.  

A Safer, Speedier Flu Clinic

This one is interesting. The GIS Department for Carlton County, Minnesota, used ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Hub, and ArcGIS Dashboards to help administer a drive-through flu vaccine clinic. Online forms created with ArcGIS technology made registration for the clinic safer, faster, and easier for the public. Dashboards provided real-time statistics, enabling county officials to quickly analyze how many people were being vaccinated. Click below to read the article.

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. 

First Public Publication of the 2020 Census Geography

The US Census Bureau just released the first public publication of the 2020 Census Geography through TIGERweb. This includes the 2020 Census Blocks, Census Block Groups, and Census Tracts. Download the new Census Geography Files today!

For those of you that participated in the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), the new files can be found here.

Top 5 of 2020

Happy New Year! Looking back at 2020 on SoCalGIS, we did not get as many viewers as 2019, but we all know why. However, here are the top 5 viewed posts of 2020, and Jobs was not one of them! And all were posts made before 2020!

  1. Add Google Maps to QGIS 3
  2. Feature Attributes to CSV
  3. California Friday: Gravity Hill
  4. Field Calculator: I Just Want The Third Word
  5. ArcMap: Dealing With NULLs

Hoping 2021 is all our best year yet!

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 Prerelease Is Available

Looks like ESRI has released the prerelease of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9. You can download your software at

Other info about this prerelease:

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 upgrades are not supported at the 10.9 prerelease. To see the new capabilities of the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 prerelease, a new installation is required. Upgrades from previous versions to the 10.9 prerelease are supported only for testing purposes. Do not upgrade production systems to the 10.9 prerelease. Upgrades from the prerelease version to the final released version are not supported. The final release of 10.9 will support upgrades from previous software releases as usual.

The following components are not included with the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 prerelease and will be available with the final release of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9:

  • ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Amazon Web Services
  • ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Microsoft Azure