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Geomatics Atlantic 2012 – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Geomatics Atlantic June 12th thru the 14th. It will be held at the Sobey Building at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. The conference is intended to represent the past 25 years of successful geomatics in Atlantic Canada while still concentrating on the wide range of current hot topics such as “climate change, social media, geomatics in education, and infrastructure”

If you are a COGS student or alumni then they want you to show your support by helping GANS map out where COGS grads are now – see http://www.gans.ca/cogsgradmap

DataAppeal Provides Highly Effective & Interactive 3D Maps

DataAppeal renders art and design with geo-based data into highly effective and interactive 3D maps. No previous experience or training is required. Simply upload your data and use DataAppeal to transform rows and rows of boring data into fascinating and beautiful 3D images. The updated version of DataAppeal, with new functionality makes it even easier and much faster to use.

The Dataappeal web-based application is FREE, so I suggest you Sign Up and try creating some 3D interactive maps with your own data, and then share your feedback and experiences with other CanadianGIS.com readers.

Top Canadian Geomatics LinkedIn Group

Recently our Geomatics LinkedIn group was selected as the top Canadian Geomatics LinkedIn Group. Rankings were based on the size of the group (the number of members), the spatial coverage of the group, the groups content and the group’s activity.

If you are not already a member of the Canadian GIS LinkedIn Group, then I invite you to join the Canadian GIS LinkedIn Grou

UPDATE: – Two year’s later and our group is still growing strong now with over 4.500 members …

Canadian GIS Software

GIS software packages come in many different formats and designed to handle many applications. Some are more robust then others offering a wide range of tools and applications while others are much more simple, the software you use should depend a lot on what your needs are.
There are also many other things to consider such as …

Alberta’s Changing Political Landscape

On April 23, 2012 thousands of electors headed to the polls for Alberta’s 28th provincial election. In all 87 candidates were elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 4 more then 2008 due to an increase in the provinces growing population. The Progressive Conservative party won a majority with 61 of the 87 elected ridings. More information about Alberta general elections can be found at the Elections Alberta website. Instead I want to discuss Alberta’s election as it relates to mapping, but what does a provincial election have to do with mapping?

Well… ESRI Canada has what they refer to as a Public Map Gallery that is a collection of custom web maps created by their mapping team featuring Canadian community maps, Canadian election results, and various census data. Here they leveraged some of their online spatial tools and features available together with public domain data to create an interactive online mapping application of Alberta’s Changing Political Landscape.

New Atlas of Canada Map featuring the Canadian North

The Atlas of Canada recently published a beautiful new cartography product featuring the Canadian North in support of Natural Resources Canada and the Government of Canada’s Northern Strategy. The new bilingual map product (available either in paper or digital formats) features the vast geography of the north from approximately 50° latitude and above.

The Atlas of Canada provide free downloads of new map of the Canadian North in either JPG or PDF versions.

Geomatics Social Networking – Get Involved

Social media is a method for online networking interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing and marketing techniques. Traditionally people have always gained information, education and news through electronic and print media. Web based social services make it possible to connect people that share common interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders.

CanadianGIS.com has been active with several social media web-based technologies for marketing, interactive communication and networking opportunities with others in the geomatics industry.I have provided some basic information below on ways that I have been social networking with other GIS professionals and encourage you to try some of these as well.

Follow On Twitter: @canadiangis 15,000+ followers @tedmackinnon 11,000+ followers

Join our GIS group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Canadian-GIS-4150297 5,600+ members

NOAA Interactive Weather Map

Here we have an online interactive web mapping tool with NOAA American weather station information, there are a good number of Canadian ones as well. The Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

Their operational server maintains a current database of meteorological and hydrological data, historical data, and written information generated by the NWS or other official sources.

City of Terrace migrates to iVAULT MapGuide Open Source for web mapping

The City of Terrace (British Columbia) hosted a public web mapping application that was developed on Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 technology. This site was used extensively by realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff to access maps, databases and reports related to geographic features.

The City now has a fully supported and integrated web based GIS system that facilitates quality decision making. With iVAULT, the City benefits from improved strategic and financial planning. It also provides reliable and meaningful access to the City’s spatial and attribute data.

Niagara Falls Online Maps & Data Downloads

The GIS folks at the City of Niagara Falls have done a great job with their efforts of supporting open government initiatives by providing Canadians with data sets to use in their own GIS software applications and also for providing the Falls Viewer for those that do not have access to GIS software.

If you have a need for data in the Niagara Falls region or just want to play around with available data sets then we recommend that you take some time and check out the data sets and applications provided.