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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.

GeoSask Maps and Geospatial Information

Built and maintained by Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, GeoSask is a centralized open data website by the Provincial Government providing free online access to different types of maps and geospatial information related to the province of Saskatchewan. It features free downloadable GIS data (with a few exceptions) available from participating Government of Saskatchewan departments and agencies.

New Brunswick Wind Atlas

The province of New Brunswick offers a digital High Resolution Wind Resource that they call the New Brunswick Wind Atlas . The wind data set is tiled into smaller higher resolution thematic maps of New Brunswick matching their topographic mapping network grid and depicting “Mean Wind Speeds (m/s) at 80 m AGL. The maps were generated by the Université de Moncton, based on the Canadian Wind Energy Atlas.

GeoNB Map Viewer and free New Brunswick Digital data sets

Check out the remarkable efforts that Service New Brunswick has been able to accomplish ensuring that their residents have access to good geographic information data sets as well as access to amazing free online web mapping tools for those that are not fortunate enough to have GIS related software.

If you are looking at generating maps related to the province of New Brunswick then I recommend that you check out these data sets as they will provide a stable building block to build a decent GIS with. And if you are not interested in doing any GIS work with New Brunswick data sets, then at least check out the GeoNB online web Map Viewer.

3D Canadian Buildings & Landmarks to your GIS projects

After 10 years of continuous research and development GTA Geoinformatik GmbH of Germany has established themselves as world leaders in generation & refinement of georeferenced virtual 3D city models. Their highly sophisticated Tridicon software suite has enabled them to produce accurate detailed georeferenced virtual 3D city models.

Last month GTA released a new update of thier 3D LOD 2 level city models for various parts of North America & Europe. The models provide the spatial community with 3D coverage of over 200 cities consisting of more then 5 million 3D buildings that can be used with a variety of GIS software packages.

Canadian cities available in thier data sets include: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, & Vancouver.

Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & ESRI Technology

Latitude Geographics are planning on providing another free webinar due to the great turnout and response that they had for the last one. Latitude Geographics first developed Geocortex software in 1999, and since, Geocortex has evolved through several generations of Esri mapping and GIS technology.

This free 30-45 minute webinar should apeal to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using ArcGIS Server platform.