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In Geomatics, Should you Specialize or Diversify?

Probably something many of us in geomatics often come across in our careers is whether or not we should be highly specialized on a specific geomatics aspect or should we diversify and become competent in a multitude of geomatics related disciplines.

Now, one particular problem with being really specialized in something is that although you become an expert in something you can often be too focused, and potentially closing other doors or limiting possible career paths. When you diversify you can still become specialized in things but at a lesser extent yet work with more components of the industry.

ESRI Technical Certification Program

ESRI launched its Technical Certification Program this month, to help certify expertise for those using ESRI software programs. The new ESRI certification program recognizes people skilled with ESRI desktop software, developer, and the enterprise programs. Earning an ESRI certification will allow GIS users to recognize attainment of a high level of expertise with a particular program.

The ESRI Technical Certification Program has been designed to complement the geographic information system professional (GISP) certification available in the United States through the GIS Certification Institute, and recognizes specific skills and expertise in using ESRI software.

… find out why you should learn more about the ESRI Technical Certification Program

Geocaching Tips and Tricks

Hiking is a very old past time that builds character, resilience and stamina as well as orientation skills, making it a wonderful activity for anyone old and young. Geocaching is a modern activity which goes along very with hiking, offering the thrill of a treasure hunting with group cohesion on a worldwide scale in a very indirect fashion.

With the use of GPS , Geocaching is essentially an activity where those involved locate and find various objects in caches all around the world that have been carefully cataloged via a central database (such as the website geocaching.com) which serves as a way of keeping track of all the items.

Looking for all COGS graduates

Dr. Bob Maher has started to research ‘the story of COGS’. This is a personal project for Bob and his wife, Heather who arrived in Lawrencetown in 1980 when Bob along with Bruce Peveril taught the first Advanced Diploma program in Scientific Computer Programming.

Over the next six years, the ‘survey school’, Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI) was transformed into the College of Geographic Sciences (COGS). It was a time of creativity and innovation in technical education with new programs in Business Computer programming, Computer Graphics and GIS to complement the Remote Sensing program. NSLSI was officially renamed COGS in 1986.

As background research, Bob and Heather have started to interview staff who remember those years of transition. In addition, they are compiling class lists, by program and by year. This has led to the concept of a COGS Alumni Network.

One of primary outcomes of any learning institution are its graduates. One can compile the view from the teachers’ perspective but this may be quite different than the students’ perspective. Using social media, Bob and Heather want to reach out to the COGS alumni community. We are interested in photographs, articles, stories and feedback on this project.

2013 Canadian Institute of Geomatics Conference

The CIG will be holding their next annual conference as a joint event shared with the 4th International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes.
Over the years the CIG has built a solid reputation for hosting great conferences that provide the geomatics community with an open platform where they can exchange ideas or information about research and advancements in the geospatial industry.
The event will be hosted at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto and take place over three days in June.

Town of Banff Online Maps and Apps

As many of you already know or perhaps may have recently discovered, CanadianGIS.com has been high-lighting places in Canada that have an online web mapping site or application in order to help better provide information to their residents.

Now this month the Town of Banff is featured as they too have now joined the spatial ranks of several other Cities and Municipalities in Canada with the launch of their own online mapping site (Simply check out the Web Maps category link or the site search tools along the right side to find many other great Canadian Online Map sites featured).

The Maps and Apps website created by the Town of Banff GIS and IT departments provides free public access to maps and geospatial applications that help the Town of Banff provide better services and connect with it’s own citizens in a new way.

Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Interoperability

After six years of work developing standards and products, a group of public and private sector participants came together in the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure or CGDI Interoperability Pilot Project. This Open Geospatial Consortium project culminated in a nation-wide demonstration of standards-based products that allow immediate access to current data. The project showed how municipal, provincial and territorial authorities can now update data and automatically make their data available online in real time to those who need it, anywhere across Canada. The video here discusses GeoConnection’s CGDI Interoperability Project.

No Expensive Development Needed: Configure your Web GIS

Plan to attend a free 30-minute webinar where you can learn how easily your organization can configure a Web GIS Portal without any additional development cost. iVAULT is a self-service Web GIS application that can help you make better, more informed decisions for your organization. Without any consultancy services, a Web GIS can be configured by your organization through the iVAULT Administrator Module.

What To Learn From Constant Career Change

The job market has been slowly recovering but layoffs and high unemployment rates are still causing many people to change their career to an area outside of their college major. The good news is that even when you make a career change, you can still find work and be successful. And luckily enough Geomatics is one of those unique disciplines where one can add to an existing background and branch out into other areas.

It’s important to always be learning and growing. With each new job change, you will grow and develop as a person. Remember, your past has made you who you are. Embrace it and you are sure to be successful. Geomatics jobs are out there but they are becoming more specialized with the need to have a diverse background, so don’t be afraid to switch your career and join the growing Canadian geomatics industry.