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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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Education & Research

Canada's 2015 Esri Young Scholar Award winner and honourable mentions

May 22, 2015 / Posted by Krista Amolins
This year, colleges and universities across Canada received 22 applications for the Esri Young Scholar Award—a record number. Find out who was selected as the 2015 Esri Young Scholar for Canada and the top candidates from PhD, Masters, undergraduate and college programs.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

Why should governments make their spatial data open?

May 21, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
The Community Map of Canada is a multiscale Web map, which has complete national coverage at small map scales and over 60 per cent of Canada’s populated areas covered at large map scales, thanks largely to government data. If your community is part of the 40 per cent not included because your organization has not opened data up, it may be time to revisit your open data strategy to see what you’re missing.
Getting Technical

Digital volunteers leverage GIS to assist international emergency response efforts

May 19, 2015 / Posted by Jonathan Nowlan
Esri Canada employees help GIS professionals in a variety of ways everyday. However, many of them volunteer their time out of work to support various organizations. This post highlights how one of our employees is using her GIS skills to help with disaster relief efforts.
News & Updates

Nature-Action Québec advances David Suzuki Foundation campaign with interactive map

May 12, 2015 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
This month, the David Suzuki Foundation is encouraging people to connect with nature through its 30x30 Nature Challenge. To help promote this campaign, Nature-Action Québec recently used out-of-the-box templates and tools available through ArcGIS to create a Web-based, interactive map to combat the forces pulling people indoors. Read how the Web app Nature-Action Québec developed in-house is helping the crusade to get more people outside in the Montreal area.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Snapshot - April 2015

Apr 29, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
What was the result of the recent geospatial leadership summit in Ottawa? What’s the latest update on MASAS? Find out more about these and other Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) news, products and events in this April blog.
Education & Research

2 videos to get you started with Business Analyst

Apr 28, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
The Higher Education group at Esri Canada has created two new video resources to introduce you to Business Analyst Online and Business Analyst Desktop. Find out about the powerful business and marketplace insights you can gain using Business Analyst through these videos.