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The Esri Canada Blog offers a uniquely Canadian perspective on all things GIS. Browse the various categories & posts to stay up-to-speed on developments affecting you, the Canadian GIS user. Consider this a one-stop resource to see how others are using GIS, learn about new products and developments, read what’s new in Canada and around the world related to SDI, get the latest education-related information, keep abreast of the Community Map of Canada Program, and much more.
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News & Updates

Location Referencing Systems – the way you want to see them

Jun 24, 2016 / Posted by Arif K. Rafiq
In the transportation industry, there is much debate whether a Linear Referencing System (LRS) or a Spatial Referencing System is best suited to manage road and highway infrastructure. Arif Rafiq, Esri Canada’s Transportation Industry Manager, argues that it’s not necessarily a choice between the two. Rather, it’s about creating systems using methods that accommodate the way different users want to interpret, or see, information.
Education & Research

GIS in the classroom: Carson Lau a student with the GIS-edge

Jun 22, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
As GIS educators, we value the work teachers are doing with their students across Canada. It’s rewarding when students understand the importance of what they learn and figure out how they can use it in different subjects. Find out how a student in Toronto has used ArcGIS for Desktop to learn about Canada’s physical geography while also grasping the importance of GIS in the real world.
News & Updates

Taking your GIS portal to the next level: part 1

Jun 22, 2016 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
You spend a lot of time and effort creating and deploying web maps, but don't forget about the importance of your organization's portal. Esri Canada technical solutions specialist Nathan Enge offers tips on improving the appearance and usability of your portal in part one of this interview.
Education & Research

Let’s celebrate National Aboriginal Day with educational resources

Jun 21, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Tuesday, June 21st marks the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It’s a great opportunity to discuss Aboriginal peoples’ traditions and important contributions that have been made in our country. Explore our ArcGIS Online resources with an aboriginal focus that can be used in your teaching.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

Why is the Big Data movement so important for GIS?

Jun 15, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
The term "Big Data" means different things to different people, but if you’ve used the Internet lately, then by default, you have probably used Big Data technology. But what does Big Data really mean and how do you know when to use it for your purposes? Is it a technology, a framework or an application? What does Big Data mean for general business and the GIS business in particular? Read this blog post to find out why Big Data is so important.
Education & Research

New resources for K-12 educators to try over the summer

Jun 15, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
It’s close to the end of the school year, but it’s never too late for K-12 educators to explore new resources. Try one or more of these new and exciting ArcGIS Online resources during your summer break so you’ll be ready to incorporate them into your teaching in the fall.