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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

3 Apps that will engage students to explore their world

Jul 31, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Are you looking for fun GIS activities to try out in the fall with the new tablets your school bought last year? Well check out the free Esri applications that can be easily downloaded on your smartphone or tablet and quickly incorporated into your teaching. Use them to explore a community problem, create a survey based on a class project or to map a class trip.
News & Updates

The Esri UC According to #GeoCanucks - Rebooted

Jul 30, 2015 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
Couldn’t make it down to the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego? Discover what made a splash at this year’s UC from the perspective of four Esri Canada GeoCanucks who made the journey. You’ll learn about a new drone app, a story map rap and how to build apps in a snap.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Snapshot - July 2015

Jul 30, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
What does the Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study mean for the geospatial community? How can a clear identity for the geomatics sector lead to economic growth? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this month’s SDI Snapshot.
Education & Research

Miguel Blanco: A 2015 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Recipient

Jul 28, 2015 / Posted by Krista Amolins
Each year, Esri Canada GIS Scholarships are awarded to students at colleges and universities across the country that offer strong GIS programs. Although many of the recipients are still just looking forward to careers in GIS, a few bring with them years of professional experience. Miguel Blanco spent several years with Sûreté du Québec before starting a Master's degree at the Université de Sherbrooke, and winning a 2015 GIS Scholarship. Read how Miguel has applied his unique combination of public safety GIS experience and post-graduate education to help search and rescue efforts for missing people.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

What is SDI governance and why is it so often overlooked?

Jul 21, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Multi-participant SDIs require setting up some form of operational governance to be successful, just like SDIs need some form of technology implemented. There are several types of SDI governance frameworks which can be actioned in different ways. But, despite the many issues related to setting up and operationalizing an SDI governance regimen, ignore them at your peril, as governance is an essential component of any multi-participant SDI project.
Education & Research

Gillian Harvey: Winner of a best student presentation award at the CAG 2015 Annual Meeting

Jul 14, 2015 / Posted by Krista Amolins
This year's Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting was held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., at the beginning of June. Once again, Esri Canada was one of the sponsors, providing two awards for student presentations. One of the winners was Gillian Harvey, an MSc student at the University of Victoria studying species-habitat modeling.
Getting Technical

ArcGIS Online July Update: What's New - Part 2

Jul 10, 2015 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
Get the details on updates to many of the ready-to-use apps in ArcGIS Online in Part 2 in this series. This includes updates to ArcGIS Open Data, Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and more.
Getting Technical

ArcGIS Online July Update: What's New - Part 1

Jul 8, 2015 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
Updates to ArcGIS Online are coming in the second week of July. In the first installment of this two-part series, you'll find technical details on what's being introduced to ArcGIS Online, including formal metadata, additional group capabilities for updating items, bulk group assignment and more.