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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.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

What is a portal?

Dec 18, 2014 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Have you ever noticed that many new Web sites these days call themselves a portal? Well, if the Web site is a portal, what is a portal and how can you tell the difference between a portal and a regular Web site? Which Esri products use portals and how are they helpful? This blog post explores these questions and more.
News & Updates

Making the cut: the maps & apps of the 2015 Esri Canada calendar

Dec 15, 2014 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
The 2015 Esri Canada Calendar is printed, in the mail and most likely in a few mailboxes already. As always, we called upon the Canadian GIS community to submit their maps and apps in a contest to see who would adorn the pages of our 2015 calendar. Find out who was selected this year.
Education & Research

GIS in the Classroom: Greg Neil’s ArcGIS Online Journey in a Year

Dec 10, 2014 / Posted by Angela Alexander
ArcGIS Online is a great way to bring inquiry into your classroom. It helps to engage students and fosters critical thinking. Find out how Greg Neil, a teacher from Calgary, successfully used ArcGIS Online with his grade seven science students and how he plans to integrate GIS into his lessons in the New Year.
Spatial Data Infrastructure

Is big data really a new computing paradigm?

Dec 01, 2014 / Posted by Gordon Plunkett
Big data has become a popular buzzword and trend in the computing industry. But are the challenges that big data presents new or have these challenges been around for some time? In particular, the study of geography is known for collecting vast volumes of data, so are big data issues affecting how GIS and Web mapping are performed?
Education & Research

2014 Esri Canada User Conference Proceedings: Highlight on Education

Nov 27, 2014 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Attending an Esri Canada User Conference is an opportunity for you to find out what's new with Esri software and services and make connections with other GIS users. It can also be a great way to see how GIS is being used in Education, in both the K-12 and Higher Education areas. Explore this year's student presentations and find out how you can get involved next year.
Education & Research

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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