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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.

GEOSPACE An Endless Edge – GEOSPACE EUROPE 2012

Battlefield Situational Awareness, Mineral Exploration & Resource Management, Location Based Marketing, all are enabled by maturing Geospatial technologies, and each will feature in full at GEOSPACE EUROPE 2012.

Join the best of the best to understand new potentialities in applying these tools to Defence and Intelligence, Civil and Commercial, as well as Mining, and Oil & Gas. The open format – three GIS stream – cross sector program enables maximum learning, networking and partnering possibilities & interactive sessions for delegates to experience.

Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete each other?

At least that’s what Walter Scott, founder of DigitalGlobe, thinks about the companies’ proposed merger. OK, the combined entity will be known as DigitalGlobe, but while this looks on the face of it to be a thinly veiled buyout, title aside this cannot be much farther from the truth. If one actually looks at the various terms of the deal and its benefits to the companies, it is increasingly looking like GeoEye is the missing piece in DigitalGlobe’s puzzle.

For better decision-making: iVAULT 5.0 Web GIS

iVAULT 5.0 brings web GIS into the Information Technology (IT) mainstream. This major new iVAULT release allows clients to use their web GIS publishing engine of choice, providing IT Managers with flexibility previously not available from web GIS. iVAULT 5.0 has a new consolidated administrative interface, allowing our customers to seamlessly move between publishing engines from Esri, Autodesk, Google and the open source community.

IT Managers will also be pleased with iVAULT 5.0’s new integration engine to configure application-level integrations – eliminating messy data duplication. In addition, with iVAULT 5.0’s certified application level integrations, our customers can rest assured that their supported integrations are being maintained with each new release of iVAULT and their integrated business systems.

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