Happy New Year
1/10/2012 8:48 AM
Hi all. Here we are in 2012. Sounds almost like futuristic sci-fi. I remember going into the '70's thinking that it sounded like the space age. Now even "1984" is set in the past, so to speak. Anyway, may your space age be filled with good times and realized goals. Just think- we're heading into the teens again :)
We had a Marinmap Executive Committee meeting last week. We'll be publishing the meeting notes soon, but in a nutshell:
Community Base Map, with detailed shoreline data, due out any day via SDE. If you don't know about SDE, you're either not a member agency, or your Marinmap rep is using it and not telling you about it. It's how we access the Marinmap data warehouse and pull that data into our maps. Think of it as a handshake at the speed of light that leaves a $20 in your palm! That'll leave the nerds rolling their eyes at the inaccuracy, won't it? Back to the Community Base Map, that's a very pretty zoomable/printable base for presentation graphics as well as sort of a google background for the rest of the data- very viewer friendly, especially for the casual user. Fred Vogler, leader of The Matrix (our very own Neo), will be sending out an email with instructions for how to add the CBM to your arcview map document.
Census boundary rectification- Done. I'm told this is important to anyone spending time with census data, as the census data maps were not very good.
Stormwater model- members need to make corrections when the model is pushed out. A likely scenario is that a drop of water doesn't make it to the bay because the path is broken by a storm drain pipe in the wrong place. Move the pipe, let the waters flow.
Website- Needs revision. Really needs revision. There will be several draft versions prepared for comments. However, if you surf around the marinmap.org website and want to make comments now, the draft versions will be better. Please use this as an opportunity to show how much smarter you are than us, and point out all the things wrong with our site. Be cruel if you like, we can take it.
Data server lease- doesn't that sound fascinating? Let's skip that one.
Storm Drain layer- All but the Big Three (County, San Rafael, Novato) have published their storm drain data to Marinmap, making a serious dent in a countywide utility layer. Using part of the small set aside member allocation for special projects, we were able to take Tiburon's cad drawings and shoehorn them into our standards, leaving only the large agencies for gaps. I think we'll get there with them, as all three have the data. Come to think of it, what the hell, guys? I'll have to work them over in the back room under a hot light, I guess.
ArcGIS online- Seth Clark reported that ESRI has an online version of Arcview which sounds like the wave of the future. Imagine not having to learn Arcview and it's myriad steps, power, menus, tools etc. I could see 80-90% of the current arcview users migrating to ArcGIS online, especially since it allows access to the databases behind the pretty pictures for queries etc. All the non-techies will be either there or using the Marinmap maps. Seth will bring some applications to the February meeting.
Moratorium streets- There presently is no centralization of which streets cities and the County have under moratorium. Stepping back a tick, once a street is paved, all but those public works directors in need of a new job restrict planned excavations by utility agencies, typically for five years. Each city has a spreadsheet, or a map, or a coffee stained crumpled sheet, or in someone's head who's never in the office. Marinmap intends to create a master list, kept current by members, and available to the public. That way everyone knows how long they can go without a backhoe digging up fresh asphalt. Note that utility services and emergencies don't count.
PG&E- I wrote the top staff person at the PUC asking for PG&E's mapping data. PG&E has historically not provided it, but the PUC Executive Director expressed interest in more sharing, so I asked for that sharing to be with Marinmap, either on the public side (preferred but not yet legislatively enabled), or member only. Having storm drains, water (members only), and a lot of sewer data, the PG&E data, especially underground lines in the right of way, would really flesh out the maize we're trying to document.
Marinmap mobile app- I'm beta testing it, but it's not ready for Prime Time
The Irreplaceable Replaced- Dick Scott has left us, and we needed someone to take meeting notes. Expecting a groundswell of reluctance, I offered some incentives to volunteer such as term limits and my cleanup of draft notes. It would have been easy to adhere to the time honored tradition of "the absent volunteer" and appoint the one who missed the meeting, Todd, but we didn't need to. Someone (gasp) stepped up! Laurie Williams, come on down! Thank you Laurie, for your six month committment. I'm sure your committment to Marinmap will not go unnoticed when it comes time to pass out those performance bonuses. By the way, when does
Hell freeze over?
That's all for now, folks. I hope January isn't making you pay for a holiday and vacation filled December.