Letter From the Editor

Nancy Ferris

Here's the map currently gracing my refrigerator, created by my daughter

Welcome back to another BayGeo Journal!

Space is at a premium in my friend's New York City apartment, but this young map enthusiast decided one wall needed a pushpin map of her family's adventures  

Space is at a premium in my friend's New York City apartment, but this young map enthusiast decided one wall needed a pushpin map of her family's adventures  

There are few things I find more exciting than learning about all of the cool new things people are doing in the geospatial realm (more on that below). Except, perhaps, seeing young people get excited about maps. I am over the moon when my kids make their own maps. Both of my kids spontaneously like to doodle their own cartography, and my heart skips a beat each time. In May I had the pleasure of judging the California Geographic Alliance's first annual “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition.” California kids in fourth through twelfth grade created some amazing online story maps. Some of the winning entries that focused on the Bay Area or state-wide topics are featured in this edition of the Map Gallery. Bless the organizers for making metadata a requirement for winning! We're going to have some well-trained geospatial professionals coming through the pipeline. The adorable map showing Starbucks near golf courses didn't win, but you can use one of the winning maps to learn about rocks and minerals in California's national parks, or find fast food near amusement parks.  

Last spring BayGeo hosted the CalGIS conference, and several of the presenters are featured in this issue of the Journal. Blake Bullock and Matt Alexander each talk about the history and future of GPS and GNSS in their stories about choosing mobile field mapping equipment, and developments in using global positioning inside buildings. CalGIS presenter Jeff Ledbetter and Kathrine Cargo spread the word that our old landline 9-1-1 system is changing as we increasingly rely on mobile phones, and we'd better get our data ready to help emergency services respond to cell phone callers. Somehow they make this messy, daunting task sound like a fun opportunity...  Lewis Fishgold and CalGIS presenter Rob Emanuele get technical about semantic segmentation, i.e.  automatically labeling every pixel in an aerial image with its semantic category. 

Back on the local San Francisco Bay Area home front, Darin Jensen tells us about Guerrilla Cartography's crowdsourcing approach to publishing atlases in Oakland. You'll even get a preview of a few of the maps that will be featured in their new atlas that is at the printer. Last year at the Alameda Free Library I discovered the most amazing mechanical map clock, and Patrick Bolan kindly shared the tale of Geochron's roots in Redwood City. He even included some crazy stories about the FBI inspecting the factory before allowing a Geochron to be installed in the White House.   

Special thanks go out to Open Spatial for sponsoring this issue of the Journal. BayGeo is a non-profit organization, and most of our budget comes from our extremely modest membership dues (YOU REALLY SHOULD JOIN TODAY!). No one was sadder than I was when we didn't have funding to publish a Journal last spring. To our great good fortune, Open Spatial stepped in to lend a hand of support. They'll also help you automate your CAD data management so it works with your GIS, as described in their sponsored story

Want to share a map or story in a future issue of the BayGeo Journal? Contact me at journal@baygeo.org. 

--Nancy

Fall 2017 Volume 10 Issue 1

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