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Memorial (MUN) GISciences Diploma Program

The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program, it is made up of a from a variety of cartography, geographical information systems, and remote sensing courses along with two field courses that help provide students with real world opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned in class.

Graduates leave the GISciences program understanding and appreciating how cartography, geographic information systems and remote sensing are integrated with one another into the field of Geomatics.

New and Improved GeoGratis Website

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has recently launched a new update to the already innovative GeoGratis website.

GeoGratis is a web portal that provides access to a wide collection of Canadian geospatial data, maps, images, and publications at no cost and without restrictions. All distributed data accessed via GeoGratis comes with an Unrestricted Use Licence Agreement that grants users a non-exclusive, royalty-free right and licence to exercise all intellectual property rights in the data including the right to use, incorporate, sub-license, modify, further develop, and distribute the data.

Improvements to the new site made go much deeper then just minor cosmetic changes; the site is now easier to use and allows access to better search tools where one can now view and download all available geospatial data sets consolidated into the same web site. The new Platform also now better supports developers that want to create unique and innovative mapping applications with Canadian data, images and documents using one of the three available GeoGratis Application Programming Interfaces (API’s).

Pacific Alliance Technologies Reinforces Their High Level Professional Team

Reinforcing their high level professional team with Shawn McLeod and Steven Eder joining Pacific Alliance Technologies in Vancouver. Shawn McLeod has joined their team as a Director of Services, he has a Bachelor of Geography in Spatial Sciences, is a Certified GIS Professional and has extensive experience in GIS and Asset Management.

Steven Eder joined Pacific Alliance Technologies as an Account Manager, he has 25 years of experience in technical sales environments with SAP and Xerox. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Sciences and Geography, and has a passion for mapping.

Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of GIS, web-based mapping, architectural, and engineering software, specializing in the customization, implementation, training and support of these solutions. The company’s mission is to develop and implement GIS and Asset Management solutions that will help sharpen your competitive edge; enhance strategic planning and decision making; and increase your organization’s productivity.

Submit an Online Web Mapping Site

Online Web mapping involves designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps to end users via the Internet through common web browsers, allowing people to use maps interactively with out needing high end software. Our Web mapping section examines the various online web mapping and web GIS applications that have been created all across Canada. If you know of one that is not listed on the site then let us know and we will see that it is added, just use the form on this page to send us the details.

Free Georeferenced Topographic Map Sheets

So far this year Natural Resources Canada has released over 350 updated or new topographic map sheets and made them available to the public in what they refer to as the CanTopo series. CanTopo is considered the next generation of topographic map sheets that provides quality spatial information that fully complies with international geomatic standards.

The digital maps are considered multipurpose because they can be utilized for a wide range of uses from many different organizations and individuals. Georeferenced versions can also be used with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and other digital geographic data sets with various software packages such as Google Earth, ArcMap or Global Mapper. You can also simply print them and use them the way they are, as regular NTS paper maps, just like most of done for years.

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

The Fundamentals of GIS Certificate program from Humber College is designed for every day practitioners such as office managers, technical professionals, and or support staff responsible for managing and using GIS data sets.

The program is delivered via online format only so students can be located virtually anywhere in Canada and still upgrade their GIS skills while maintaining an everyday job.

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.