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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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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.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Events Roundup – April 2016

Apr 28, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Get a recap of the 2015 Pan-Canadian SDI Summit and GeoAlliance Canada’s inaugural meeting and learn about upcoming events related to SDI in this month’s roundup.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Interesting Reads – April 2016

Apr 26, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Why is the Canadian government examining FedRAMP Security? Which countries have plugged the most stuff into the Internet of Things? Find out these and more in this month’s compilation of SDI Interesting Reads.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

SDI Snapshot – April 2016

Apr 26, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Take a look at what’s happening in Canada and globally in the world of spatial data infrastructures (SDI). Explore Web GIS, learn steps to smarter government GIS, find out how local governments are getting creative with data mapping and more in this blog post.
Education & Research

Earth Day Canada 2016: Maps and Apps to Celebrate the Global Forest

Apr 22, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Let’s celebrate Earth Day! This year’s focus is on the global forest and its importance to our environment. Forests clean our air, provide us with oxygen, and are home to many animals, insects and plants. Explore some ArcGIS Online forest and tree Web maps and apps that you can use in your teaching.
Getting Technical

3 steps to create an Open Data site with ArcGIS

Apr 21, 2016 / Posted by Katelyn MacDonald
Using ArcGIS Open Data, it’s easy to create a publicly accessible site where data can be shared with the public in a variety of formats. If your organization has an ArcGIS Online subscription, you already have access to ArcGIS Open Data. Take advantage of this platform and easily launch an Open Data site in the three steps detailed in this post.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

Is GeoAlliance Canada’s strategy moving Canadian geomatics in the right direction?

Apr 19, 2016 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
GeoAlliance Canada recently held “Map to the Future 2016”, their first major event in Calgary to begin planning the future of the geomatics community in Canada. So, was the event successful in fostering collaboration, verifying GeoAlliance Canada’s mandate and proposing pilot projects? Find out in this blog post.
Education & Research

5 reasons educators should connect with a GIS Ambassador

Apr 18, 2016 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Are you an educator looking for a way to introduce geographic information system (GIS) into your teaching? Would you like to invite a GIS user in industry or higher education that is keen on supporting the use of GIS in K-12 to share their insight about the importance of GIS and its applications in the real world? Find out the value of connecting with a GIS Ambassador in your community.