• Map Tools: OpenData and QGIS Workshop

    Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

    Hello maptimers! A crew over at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability is hosting a QGIS workshop and they've opened up 10 spaces for folks to jump in! Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/map-tools-opendata-and-qgis-workshop-tickets-59842287894 In this workshop we will learn: what QGIS is how to find open data how to add data to QGIS how to make a map using open data in QGIS Note: Please download and install QGIS before the workshop. https://github.com/uclaioes/opendataday How can I get there? Public Transit to UCLA: https://transportation.ucla.edu/getting-to-ucla/public-transit Parking at UCLA https://transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors

  • Let's make some printed maps! Printed Maps you say? I read about those online!!

    Are you active in your community and wished you had a map to share and talk about your neighborhood? What if you needed the map to be poster sized and wanted to use it as a discussion piece for others to chime in on? Or maybe you just happened to make a beautiful mistake and made a map that looks really cool? Well, come on over and learn how! On Thursday, February 28th and we'll learn how to use QGIS (a free Geospatial Information System) and explore how we can get open data, load them up and create layouts for the printed maps we'll need for our community! We're meeting at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center. The Foundation is home to our host, LA COUNTS! (www.lacounts.org), a resource of data and stories "for all of the publicly available data to support the efforts of policymakers, advocates and other change agents." It exists "to make data about the region as accessible, transparent and accountable." See you there!! WHAT YOU'LL NEED: • A laptop for the workshop. • QGIS (http://www.qgis.org/en/site/index.html) Mac and Windows installation files are here (https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html). If you're unable to install it, don't worry we'll help you the day of, just come early between 6:00 and 6:30pm. HOW CAN I GET THERE? •Parking Available in and around the The Park DTLA. CCF visitors and meeting attendees who park in the Figueroa Courtyard structure may have their parking tickets validated in the Palevsky Center to pay a reduced fee ($14.50, cash or credit card) upon exiting the parking structure. All-day parking for $6.50 is available in an open parking lot at the corner of 2nd and Beaudry Streets, one block west of the Figueroa Courtyard. Metered street parking for up to four (4) hours is available on 2nd Street, west of Figueroa •Public Transportation LADOT The Palevsky Center in The Park DTLA is easily accessible by the DASH Bus “A” line. Heading north on Figueroa off at 3rd Street and cross the street. Heading south get off at 2nd Street and walk one block south to the main entrance. Note that it stops running after 7pm. METRO & Bike Parking The complex is five blocks from the 7th Street and Figueroa Metro Center station. Exit the station and walk north on Figueroa to the main entrance, or take DASH Bus “A”. Bike racks are available on site. Metro Bike Share Racks are available on 2nd St and Figueroa. ABOUT MAPTIME: Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops and for independent/collaborative work time. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together? Maptime is hands-on, so don't forget to bring your laptop! If you have an extra laptop, bring that too (in case some people forget to bring theirs).

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  • Join us for some GeoBeers (GeoBears?!) to kick off 2019!

    We're kicking off 2019 with GeoBeers at Boomtown Brewery on Thursday, January 24th! Come socialize and chat with your friendly neighborhood MaptimeLA organizers - Regan, Bond, Omar, and Nina. Let's catch up and talk about what you want to learn and do with MaptimeLA this year! Boomtown is just a few blocks away from the Gold Line Little Tokyo station and there is usually plenty of metered street parking in the area. The Triple Threat Truck is serving up Puerto Rican food that night. If you don't imbibe, feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic drink.

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  • What's new in QGIS?

    Arup Offices

    There have been so many improvements to QGIS (the free and open source geographic information system software) this year! It's a lot to keep up with even if you are a regular user. In this session, we'll touch on some of the recent improvements to QGIS in a tips and tricks style tutorial. If you've never touched QGIS before, that's ok! We'll cover the basics as we highlight the changes so you can follow along. If you are an expert user, come help your peers as they learn! We'll be using data from around Santa Cruz island (and sneaking in a few pictures from our MaptimeLA trip there this past July). As a mountainous island, it's the perfect way for us to explore some of QGIS' 3D canvas features. All you need to do beforehand, is install QGIS version 3.2: https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html . Don't have a laptop? We'll share the slides/data afterwards, so bring a pen/paper for notes, and you can try it out at home. ________ A special thanks to Arup for hosting! This is our last meeting in their current downtown space as they are relocating their main office downtown in the near future. Since MaptimeLA began in September 2014, we have held 31 meetups in the space that has become affectionately known as the "map cave". ________ What is Maptime? Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together?

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  • Let's visit the Channel Islands!

    Santa Cruz Island (address is boat launch in Ventura)

    Looking to spend more time in nature? Want to do some outdoor mapping? Please join MaptimeLA for a trip to the Channel Islands National Park!!! Channel Islands National Park is an ecological gem located close to our great city. We will be visiting Santa Cruz Island and spending the night at a group campsite. While there, we will engage in some fun mapping and there will be opportunity to hike, bird watch, and star gaze. We are limited to 15 people for overnight camping. You will need to sign a waiver and reserve a boat spot to lock in one of those spaces. However, additional people can come out for a day trip to the island. It is important to note that an RSVP here does not guarantee you a spot on the boat or at the campsite! We will follow up with those who RSVP here on next steps. Please only RSVP if you plan to attend. Maptime events aim to be inclusive. Please note that there are some restrictions on this trip that limit its inclusivity due solely to the location and primitive nature of the park. If this prohibits you from attending, we sincerely hope to see you at one of our other events. Attendees must: - Be able to carry their own gear 1 mile on uneven terrain. - Be prepared to be away from medical care and out of cell phone range. - Be prepared to extend their stay in the unlikely event the boat is unable to come on Sunday due to unexpected weather. If you haven’t done any primitive camping before, but are able to meet these requirements, we are happy to help! This 1 night trip is a great chance to try it out with some group support. If you don’t have gear like a tent, we will try to coordinate loaners. Trip costs are $79 for the boat ($59 if you opt to do a day trip). The campsite has been paid for. You will be responsible for your own food, drink, and supplies. There is drinking water on the island. There is no electricity and no trash (you will haul out all your trash back to the mainland). There is a pit toilet. Fires and smoking are not allowed. Enclosed gas camp stoves are allowed. Food and trash will need to be stored in the provided lockbox to protect from wildlife. We will have a planning meeting beforehand where we can get into the details of what to bring and what we will map. We can also coordinate carpooling to/from the boat launch in Ventura. We hope you can join us!!!

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  • Let's plan our Channel Islands trip!

    Online

    Let's plan our upcoming trip to the Channel Islands on July 14-15! We will talk about what to expect, what we will map, and resources we can pool. Even if you are not coming to camp, you are welcome to join us to talk about the plans! If you are camping, please make every effort to attend. While we will be doing activities as a group, you will be responsible for your own transport, necessities, and well-being. You're not alone, though, and this is a great chance to enjoy nature with others eager to do the same! There are still some spaces left to camp, so if you have not submitted a signed waiver, please do so now. Also, if you did not get your boat tickets, do so right now (9am boat is full, 8am and noon still available).

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  • Using GPUs for Lightning Fast Analytics on MapD

    For our next MaptimeLA event, we'll learn about MapD - a powerful platform for visualizing large datasets. GPU-powered in-memory databases and analytics platforms are the logical successors to CPU in-memory systems, largely due to recent increases in the onboard memory available on GPUs. With sufficient memory, GPUs possess numerous advantages over CPUs, including much greater compute and memory bandwidth, as well as a native graphics pipeline for visualization. In this tutorial, Aaron Williams, VP of Community at MapD, will demo how MapD is able to leverage multiple GPUs per server to extract orders-of-magnitude performance increases over CPU-based systems, bringing interactive querying and visualization to multi-billion (with a ‘b’) row datasets. If you’re attending FOSS4G NA, feel free to join one of the MapD sessions: https://goo.gl/b97xps Agenda: 6:00 pm: Check-in, grab pizza and drinks, meet MapD team and community members 6:30 pm: Welcome and MapD demo 7:20 pm: Q&A from audience 7:40 pm: Networking Speaker Bio: Name: Aaron Williams Company: MapD Technologies Title: VP of Global Community LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronwilliams Twitter: https://twitter.com/_arw_ Aaron is responsible for MapD’s developer, user and open source communities. He comes to MapD with more than two decades of previous success building ecosystems around some of software’s most familiar platforms. Most recently he ran the global community for Mesosphere, including leading the launch and growth of DC/OS as an open source project. Prior to that he led the Java Community Process at Sun Microsystems, and ecosystem programs at SAP. Aaron has also served as the founding CEO of two startups in the entertainment space. Aaron has an MS in Computer Science and BS in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. What is Maptime? Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together?

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  • Let's Explore LA using Google Earth!

    SAJE

    So you might be familiar with Google Maps, and there's this option that lets you explore in 3D with satellite imagery. But....did you know there's a whole tool that allows you to add other maps and data?! And you can add your own data as well with links, photos and share the files with others. We'll also be scouring the internet for imagery to add on to. This could be used to gather information during community meetings or use it as a tool for presentation and discussion. Beginners will walk away to tell their own story or use it to amplify voices of their neighborhood. What you need to bring and install: 1. A laptop 2. Install Google Earth Pro for Desktop, it's free! https://www.google.com/earth/desktop/ 2A. If you're having issues installing, don't worry we'll help you the day of! How to get here: Metro riders can jump out from the Exposition Line (Jefferson / USC Station), the location is about 4 blocks away. There is street parking. Just in case there is time, we may even learn to add those maps buried in planning documents, for this you'll need to: 1. Install GIMP (an open source image editor like Photoshop) https://www.gimp.org/ (this will allow us to extract images, like maps from a PDF) 2. Create an account with http://mapwarper.net/ This will allow us to use a process called georeferencing that takes a digital image and adds geographic information that can be used in mapping software. Hopefully we'll explore such documents using Google Earth! Our thanks to the folks at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) for hosting. SAJE is an organization that fights for economic justice through tenant rights and equitable housing/development throughout South Central LA and Los Angeles as a whole. See you then!! What is Maptime (http://maptime.io/)? Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together? Maptime is hands-on, so don't forget to bring your laptop!

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  • Let's find an apartment with Python.

    WeWork

    • What we'll do Finding an apartment is a hassle. Why not automate the search. This tutorial will teach some basic Python skills as we implement a script to: - Pull data from Craigslist - Run a basic spatial comparison - Notify us when a listing meets our criteria In the process, we'll learn about: - Looping, lists and dictionaries - Working with JSON files - API integration Oh... did I mention that it needs to run on a Raspberry Pi? So, we'll need to do all of that without an actual GIS. Prior Experience: - We will assume no prior coding knowledge. - Look for an email about things to install prior to the Meetup. • What to bring Photo ID, Laptop • Important to know Pizza Funds are low. We will try to have snacks. Transportation: The location is very convenient to the Pershing Square Metro Station. Parking in the Pershing Square Garage is $7 after 5PM. Parking is also available at the Gas Tower building for $15 after 4PM.

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  • Visualize your data with D3.js!

    Arup Offices

    Do you have data you want to show to others in a meaningful way? Have you seen cool data visualizations on the web and wondered how you could do the same? We hope you can join us to learn about data visualization and a javascript library called D3.js (https://d3js.org/)! No coding experience required and beginners are welcome! The meeting will kick off with a brief overview of some data visualization concepts to get us thinking about how we can show our data. Then, we will dive into specific examples of D3.js which is one of the popular data visualization libraries. We will end by walking through an example of how to add a D3.js layer to a Leaflet map! Leaflet (http://leafletjs.com/) is a javascript library for making simple web maps. Since we will be working with code, you should download a text editor like Sublime (http://www.sublimetext.com/), Brackets (http://brackets.io/), or Atom (https://atom.io/). ABOUT MAPTIME: Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops and for independent/collaborative work time. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together? Maptime is hands-on, so don't forget to bring your laptop! If you have an extra laptop, bring that too (in case some people forget to bring theirs).

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