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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

Skills Ontario and Skills Manitoba GIS Competitions 2016 Wrap Up

May 20, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
The Skills Ontario and Skills Manitoba Secondary School GIS Competitions are held annually every spring. This is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves by answering a real-world question using GIS. Find out what the results were this year and why you should sign your students up next year!
Education & Research

Commemorate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday by mapping the “liveability” of your community

May 17, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Since the weather is getting warmer now, it’s the perfect time to get your class outside to engage in some interesting and fun field work. To commemorate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, get your students to examine the liveability of your local community using Snap2Map – an application (app) that can be used to create an ArcGIS Online map tour story map on the go. Find out what resources are available to help you get started!
Education & Research

Explore the new and exciting K-12 resources for ArcGIS Online

May 16, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Are you new to ArcGIS Online? Are you looking for ArcGIS Online French resources for your province or territory? Or are you just looking for a new resource to try in ArcGIS Online? Well you’ve come to the right place. Our group has been busy creating new resources that will help educators, students and experienced users get started with ArcGIS Online. Try one of these resources today!
Spatial Data Infrastructure

What is the GeoFoundation Exchange all about?

May 13, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
For some time, the efficient sharing of geospatial data among organizations in Canada has remained relatively difficult despite investments made in traditional SDIs across the country. There are many impediments to simple, speedy and secure geospatial data exchanges. To help address this, Esri Canada has recently put into production an improved data exchange capability for Canadian data producers and data aggregators. Find out about the GeoFoundation Exchange (GFX) in this blog post.
News & Updates

May’s App of the Month: Nova Scotia Parks & Protected Areas

Apr 29, 2016 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
In 2013, Nova Scotians were asked for their input on a proposed plan to increase protected areas in the province. To communicate the proposed land boundary changes, Nova Scotia Environment launched a cloud-based, interactive map that helped to successfully engage the public in province-wide consultations.