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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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Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Snapshot – August 2015

Aug 26, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
What’s the latest update on GeoAlliance Canada? Which Canadian regional municipality won this year’s URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Award? Why is geospatial data vital to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Find out in this month’s collection of the most significant SDI news.
Education & Research

5 reasons why educators should use ArcGIS Online

Aug 25, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Are you looking for a way to engage your students this fall and to inject some interesting and thought-provoking material into your lesson plans? Well it’s time to seriously consider using ArcGIS Online - a Web-based tool that allows students to collaborate in creating, editing and sharing interactive maps.
Education & Research

Jake Wall: Winner of a best student presentation award at the CAG 2015 Annual Meeting

Aug 24, 2015 / Posted by Krista Amolins
Jake Wall is one of two students who received best student presentation awards, sponsored by Esri Canada, at the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) 2015 Annual Meeting in June. Jake recently completed a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of British Columbia that focused on the movement of African elephants.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

So you want to release your spatial data as open data – how can you do this?

Aug 20, 2015 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Your organization has just decided that they’re going to release spatial data into the open data community for further exploitation. While this is a momentous event that will make your previously concealed spatial data available to “outsiders” so that it can be used for valuable purposes, it does raise the question: as the GIS manager, how do you publish your open data so that it gets into as many hands and is made as beneficial as possible?
News & Updates

Canadian expedition uses ArcGIS-based solution to track icebergs

Aug 11, 2015 / Posted by Joy Chan
Last spring, a team of scientists from Carleton University sailed off of the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on a voyage to better understand how icebergs drift. Read about how they used GIS technology for the study, which will help provide valuable insight on how to mitigate ice hazards and the effects of climate change.
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.