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What is the Regional Data Platform?

As one of SCAG’s largest and most transformative programs to date, and a signature element of SCAG’s Future Communities Initiative established in 2017, the Regional Data Platform (RDP) is a revolutionary system for collaborative data sharing and planning designed to facilitate better planning at all levels — from cities and counties of all sizes up to the region as a whole.

The RDP places data and technology in the hands of local jurisdictions to support robust community planning, to provide resources to help solve common challenges and to align with Connect SoCal’s objectives. As such, the goals of this platform are to: 

  • Provide access to data, modern tools and best practices that support stronger planning and information-based decision making at all levels.
  • Streamline the exchange of data between jurisdictions and partners across the region while establishing procedures and standards for geospatial data consistency.
  • Establish a community of planners, GIS professionals and practitioners to foster collaboration and collective learning, as well as to guide the long-term growth and evolution of the RDP.

GIS Training Program 

SCAG’s Local Information Services Team (LIST), in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, is excited to announce the upcoming geographic information systems (GIS) training program designed for planning professionals within the SCAG region. Developed from feedback derived from the Regional Data and Services Experience Survey, this two-and-a-half-day course equips trainees with essential GIS skills, focusing on real-world planning challenges at the local and regional levels. Trainees will gain hands-on experience with ArcGIS Pro software, learning authoritative data access, spatial analysis and visualization techniques. These training sessions are eligible for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification Maintenance credits.

The GIS training program, running from late May to early July, will be organized into three consecutive days of training sessions tailored for each county within the SCAG region. Each county will be allocated a dedicated week, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

The course syllabus includes a detailed breakdown of the course topics and daily program schedule. 

Click here for program dates and registration. 

Accessing the RDP

The RDP is now publicly available and provides access to:

  • Modern tools and workflows to streamline local and regional data collection, sharing and integration through the LDX portal.
  • A streamlined system to request technical assistance from the Local Info Services Team.
  • Web-based tools and applications to support planning, analysis, and public engagement.
  • Authoritative and standardized local and regional planning datasets curated by SCAG.
  • An extensive library of learning resources and training materials.
  • A growing network of local and regional planners across Southern California.

SCAG enables and empowers local jurisdictions by providing enhanced data, advanced tools, and extensive resources to support stronger and more integrated local planning and a healthier, equitable, safer, and more sustainable region. To access all of the abovementioned tools and resources in the RDP, please visit the RDP website or click on the button below.



For more information about the RDP, contact: 

Local Information Services Team or Tom Vo