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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.

GIS Day Events Happening Across Canada

Nov 19, 2014 / Posted by Angela Alexander
As part of Geography Awareness Week, Wednesday November 19, 2014, marks GIS Day. This event plays an important role to build geographic awareness throughout the world as celebrations are held to educate millions of children and adults about the benefits of geography and geographic information systems (GIS). Find out what people are doing in Canada to celebrate this important day.
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Esri Canada technical staff square off in first-ever app building contest

Nov 13, 2014 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
In the spirit of innovation and collaboration, Esri Canada launched an internal contest — Tech Trek Idol 2014 — that encouraged technical staff to band together to create apps built on the ArcGIS platform. I talked with Esri Canada’s Matt English about the first-annual competition, whose entries included a point-and-click Canadian geography quiz and an interactive map featuring places depicted in "Game of Thrones".

Mapping moustaches for a great cause

Nov 07, 2014 / Posted by Paul Heersink
Esri Canada employees are participating in the annual Movember challenge. We've created a story map to track the moustache growing progress of participants and also to showcase some of history's most famous moustaches.

Can a seminal Canadian GIS Conference held more than 30 years ago still produce valuable benefits?

Nov 05, 2014 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
In 1983, Dr. Barry Wellar was Program Chair of the AutoCarto Six Conference in Ottawa. It turned out to be a break-through event where many of the principles of today’s geographic information systems and GIS applications were laid out. In 2013, Dr. Wellar arranged for 38 of the original proceedings authors to produce a commemorative book celebrating the 30th anniversary of the AutoCarto Conference with international perspectives on achievements and challenges. Now, Dr. Wellar is organizing a research colloquium in February, 2015 and a conference to be held at a later date, which will search out further GIS advances based on a “Retrospective Approach”.