Earn Your MSGISci at CSULB

If you are interested in earning a graduate degree in GIS, consider the Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) degree at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). The MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program. In-person classes are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at http://www.beachgis.com. Review of completed applications begins April 1, 2019.

Goodbye NAD 83 and NAVD 88

Back in 2015 I wrote about the planned retirement of NAD 83 and NAVD 88.  Well, it’s almost here.  The new replacement datums are coming in 2022.

To improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), NGS will replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) with a new geometric reference frame and geopotential datum in 2022.

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College of the Canyons GIS

Need to fulfill a beginning GIS requirement?  Or just want to expand your knowledge and learn a new skill?  Then come join me at College of the Canyons and sign up for GIS 101, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.  I promise you the class will be challenging and rewarding!  Also, your earned units are UC/CSU transferrable.

GIS 101 is filling up quickly, so register for the Spring semester as soon as possible.  The GIS class will meet at the Valencia campus every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:35pm, February 5 to May 28.  We start next week!

Feel free to contact me, Michael Carson (michael.carson@canyons.edu), if you have any questions.

Unintended Consequences with Data

Many of us that create GIS data and share with others have no idea of the unintended consequences that the data might produce.  Using data and ignoring the scale, resolution, accuracy, and where it came from might produce very wrong results.

Click below to read this rather long story about how location data married with IP addresses is causing a horror show for a couple in South Africa, and this is not the only case.

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