Looking for all COGS graduates

Attn: COGS Alumni Network

Bob Maher has begun to research ‘the story of COGS’, a personal project for Bob and his wife, Heather who arrived in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia back in 1980 when he joined Bruce Peveril to teach the first Advanced Diploma program in Scientific Computer Programming.

COGS NSCC logoOver the next six years, the ‘survey school’ known as the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI) was transformed into the College of Geographic Sciences. 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 (as most people know it) 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.

Are you a COGS graduate ?

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.

You can connect directly at either maher.rv@gmail.com or heather.maxine@gmail.com or through http://www.thestoryofcogs.ca (started but expected to expand further over xmas) – a new web site where anyone can track the project

Regards;

Bob Maher and Heather Stewart

 

Note: See Full Memo at  http://www.thestoryofcogs.ca/cogs-alumni-network

[Notice republished with on behalf of B. Maher & thestoryofCOGS.ca]

No Expensive Development Needed: Configure your Web GIS

What: Free 30-minute webinar about Web GIS through the iVAULT Administrator Module
When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST

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.

Enhance security, increase analytics capabilities and personalization and integrate with third party involvement by:

• Managing role-based access for user groups and configure access to specific attributes, map layers and reports for each group
• Configuring your brand, site layout, task panel, languages, tool bars, and database searches
• Connecting to Bing, Google, Yahoo, Open StreetMap, Esri and other base map services
• Setting up detailed database searches and enable application-level integrations

 

Do you want to learn more?  Register now and don’t miss this opportunity. To find out more and register see https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/884235279 or visit iVAULT Website for additional information: http://ivault.pat.ca

 

Importance of Big Data to Geospatial Technology

Data is becoming increasingly important. But it’s also increasing in size. Remember when a gigabyte seemed like an impossibly large concept? Such is the gargantuan size of the information that is stored and released by defence organisations; they need to be more careful than ever before with regards to how it is managed.

The topic is especially important in relation to armies and defence groups, which will have to guarantee that their statistics are heavily guarded against both online and offline threats.

Importance of Big Data  to  Geospatial Technology

Importance of Big Data  to  Geospatial TechnologyCyber crime is becoming more of a problem for internet users, with hackers developing new skills constantly, making it challenging for particularly sensitive information to be kept away from those who aim to capture it and use it in detrimental ways.

Individual computer users across the world simply need to rely on anti-virus and firewall software to combat cyber threats, but the issue is much more pronounced when it comes to larger organisations, leading to the development of the big data concept.

The phrase refers to assets that increase to an extent where they are awkward to manage using ordinary database management tools, and those in the geospatial technology field will be more than familiar with it.

Deloitte’s Verdict on Big Data

Specialists at Deloitte have commented on how big data is affecting the geospatial technology industry, noting that the services can be highly beneficial. The company claimed that organisations which merge location-aware data with geospatial analysis tools could begin to offer “game-changing support” for business decision making at levels that could never previously have been considered.

Mike Liebhold, senior researcher at the business, said that it is now easy to be excited about the number of developments that are having an impact on geospatial technology.

“Visualization, like many business efforts, should be supported by concrete objectives and well-defined questions that can benefit from geospatial analysis, and tested by those with specific experience in both analyzing and communicating location-aware data.

“Leading organisations that follow these principles to provide geospatial visualization tools to employees, business partners and even customers that allow them to explore, manipulate and act on the insights they gain, will be putting Tobler’s law to use for competitive advantage,” Mr Liebhold noted.

He urged organisations to assess their baseline, investigating existing data sources and analysis tools before comparing these with the capabilities that are necessary for efficient modelling, rendering and interacting.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Importance of Big Data  to  Geospatial Technology

Big data is a pressing issue for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and it can sometimes be easy for groups to overestimate the space required to store data. Government Computer News reported that the NGA had not utilized an entire floor of a four-storey technology centre that it began using for the purpose of data storage.

Originally, the NGA planned to use the third and fourth floors, though ultimately just the fourth was necessary. However, it appears that the third floor may actually be put to use, as the organisation has proposed a new military project to address storage needs, according to the news provider.

It expects storage requirements to grow exponentially over the next decade because of planned intelligence collection sensors, which are set to be deployed over the course of the period and increase the use of cloud computing.

New technology for geospatial activities

As time progresses, new innovations are being introduced to the geospatial technology industry, with SpaceCurve existing as one company that is pushing invention in the field. The Seattle-based business has raised $5.2 million (£3.2 million) of funding, following investment from companies such as Reed Elsevier, Divergent Ventures and Triage Ventures.

Gigaom.com has reported that the organisation is aiming to develop a system that is capable of discovering the underlying patterns of multidimensional geodata, rather than working around complexities in data values.

SpaceCurve is hoping that the system will be accessible for anyone who collects information from sensors, mobile devices or location data. Speaking to the news provider, Mr Slitz explained that it has some “major” pilot customers in its plans as it aims to further the technology and open up new possibilities in the market.

How geospatial technology is helping British and American forces

Importance of Big Data  to  Geospatial Technologyhttp://canadiangis.com/data.php

Armies and defence forces will be paying particular attention to the company’s developments, as such organisations will be among those who will gain the most benefit from new geospatial capabilities.

The Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is one business that has been in close consultation with the US Army Geospatial Center (AGC) recently, with the two parties agreeing a contract to provide geospatial research, intelligence and support.

SAIC is a scientific, engineering and technology applications company that utilises deep domain knowledge to solve issues in national security, energy and environment. The deal has a one-year base period of performance and carries a total value of $200 million when all options are exercised. As a result of the agreement, the AGC will provide war fighters with timely, precise and relevant geospatial information and domain expertise that can be used to support unified land operations.

Various intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payload systems will be included in the deal, among other innovations. These contain joint capabilities technology demonstrations relevant to GES and command, control, communications, computers (C4) ISR requirements.

John Fratamico, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, said: “We look forward to continuing to provide the AGC with an end-to-end architecture capable of collecting, integrating, synchronising, managing, analysing, displaying, and disseminating geospatial information and C4ISR systems, enabling the AGC to provide direct geospatial support and products to warfighters,”

Britain is another country that is looking to advance its geospatial capabilities, as the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted Roke Manor Research’s Electronic Surveillance and Countermeasures system.

The Electronic Warfare Manpack service will be used as a full core capability in the British Army and Royal Marines. Gavin O’Connell, business development manager at Roke said: “Roke was originally selected to supply EW Manpack equipment in response to the MoD’s Urgent Operational Requirement for its SEER programme in Afghanistan.

“The decision to deploy this system wider and make it a core capability in the British Army and Royal Marines is testament to the advantage that it has been delivering our troops.”


 

Big data and all the topics covered in this article will be under debate at DGI – Europe’s leading geospatial intelligence event, 21-23 January 2013, London.

The DGI Conference & Exhibition brings together heads of defence geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, GIS data & mapping, satellite imagery and analysis within the military, governmental, and geo intelligence sectors. It attracts professionals who are responsible for using, and integrating, geo based capabilities in their operations and organizations. Attended by over 800 Geo professionals, DGI is where the geospatial intelligence community comes together.

To join them, and to find out more ,visit DGIeurope.com or check back to CanadianGIS.com for more DGI Conference & Exhibition updates.

[Paper submitted & published on behalf of DGI]

 

Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete each other?

Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete each other?

Yes. 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.

DigitalGlobe and GeoEyeWhile there is no doubt that the merger will certainly help the companies in many ways, one cannot but help wonder if the deal got its final push after the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) elected to cut GeoEye’s share of a 10-year contract vehicle called EnhancedView, Oh, and DigitalGlobe’s part of the contract has been left intact. The terms of the deal and how it affects the companies will be discussed later, but first the benefits.

There is no doubt that combining the synergies of the two companies will certainly open up new revenue streams for each while also bolstering their offerings. One very important advantage is that while both the companies rely on the US government for 60% of their revenues, the combined entity will draw only around 50% of its revenues from the US government, helping the companies diversify their revenue streams. DigitalGlobe’s Scott expects the merged company to be able to manage its total satellite constellation more efficiently, while also taking advantage of the capabilities of each of the sensors. To quote Scott, “…in some aspects 1+1 is more than 2.”

There are other advantages available to the combined entity as mentioned by GeoEye CEO Matt O’Connell was the satellite imagery business outside the US, while also allowing it to compete with other collection methods, such as aerial imagery collected from UAVs. Scott even added that the deal enables the companies to be in a better position to compete against foreign government-subsidised systems like France’s Astrium.

Now coming back to the contract, GeoEye is currently negotiating conditions of NGA’s remaining $70 million in cost-share payments related to the GeoEye-2 satellite scheduled for launch in early 2013. The NGA has proposed to renew EnhancedView for just three months starting in September, with a nine-month option to be exercised subject to the availability of funds. The deal would see NGA pay GeoEye $39.75 million over the three months beginning September 1, and an additional $119.25 million over the following nine months if funds are available.

The original contract would have paid GeoEye $12.5 million per month from NGA until GeoEye-2 was deemed fully operational around September 2013, following which the monthly payment amount would increase to $27.8 million. The modified contract calls for $70 million in co-payments for GeoEye-2’s construction to be linked to a new series of milestones that GeoEye is fine with.

According to GeoEye CFO Joseph Greeves, the GeoEye-2 construction is still expected to cost between $820 million and $850 million including launch and insurance, with GeoEye having committed $718 million to the project so far. The problem here is that the NGA had previously told GeoEye that the agency may not be able to follow up on its earlier commitment that it would pay $337 million in GeoEye- 2 costs as it was no longer viable, adding that the $181.2 million already approved would probably be the final payment.

While O’Connell expects the final 2013 budget to take “months,” House and Senate are set to put in place a “Continuing Resolution” temporary spending measure to fund the US government at 2012 levels through March 2013. However, O’Connell expects a six-month Continuing Resolution to have “unknown consequences” on the EnhancedView budget. It would be interesting to see how the outcomes of the NGA deal and the proposed M&A deal with DigitalGlobe impact GeoEye, given that GeoEye is continuing to compete with DigitalGlobe on other projects such as the NGA’s GeoInt Data Services business, a five-year contract vehicle for which GeoEye is bidding as part of a team of other contractors.

However, GeoEye is not entirely at the receiving end of the deal as its projects such as its exclusive relationship that provides Google with the “all GeoEye-1 imagery in the Internet search engine space for the next several years,” will continue after the merger along with all other GeoEye contracts.

In spite of all these pros and cons, the deal still has to get many approvals, not the least from the companies’ shareholders, not to mention that of the regulators. But if it does go ahead, will the whole be greater than the sum of its parts?  Sadly, geospatial intelligence may have come along way, but it still can’t predict the future, so only time will tell…


 

Meet DigitalGlobe and GeoEye at DGI – Europe’s leading geospatial intelligence event, 21-23 January 2013, London.

The DGI Conference & Exhibition brings together heads of defence geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, GIS data & mapping, satellite imagery and analysis within the military, governmental, and geo intelligence sectors. It attracts professionals who are responsible for using, and integrating, geo based capabilities in their operations and organizations. Attended by over 800 Geo professionals, DGI is where the geospatial intelligence community comes together.

To join them, and to find out more ,visit DGIeurope.com or check back to CanadianGIS.com for more DGI Conference & Exhibition updates.

[Paper submitted & published on behalf of DGI]

For better decision-making: iVAULT 5.0 Web GIS

MISA BC Conference, Mission, BC – 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.iVAULT5

The new active directory integration further eases web GIS administration by using existing credentials for logging into iVAULT. Finally, the new form designer provides easy configuration of iVAULT’s web forms allowing the IT Department to better support the user’s existing workflows.

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.

Increased Return on Investment

Many of the improvements in iVAULT 5.0 provide the benefits of Web GIS at a reduced cost to the organization.

  • Liberate your application development from expensive consultants
  • Configure the Web GIS yourself
  • Deploy easily and fast
  • Reduce costs of desktop software licenses

Combine Distributed Data Sources

iVAULT 5.0 aggregates publicly available data from sources like Bing, Google, Esri and Open Street Maps together with your corporate data to facilitate your decision-making process.

  •  Use powerful analytics and work management capabilities to source revenue that has been hidden in your databases
  • Enable hyperlinking to web based document management systems to deliver service cards, as-built drawings, etc. to your web GIS

 Increase Community and Client Engagement

iVAULT 5.0 integrates crowd sourced data to provide the latest information through your web GIS.  Very quick and responsive, this can be the best way to source rapidly developing information in an emergency situation.

  •  Map social media feeds (Twitter, YouTube and Flickr)
  • Link to online map services from ArcGIS Online and Community Maps
  • Enable collaborative mapping. Share data internally and with customers
  • Work across browsers and operating systems

Deliver the reports you need through the Web GIS

Infrastructure information is important to many members of your organization.  Municipalities have gotten on-board with the document delivery capabilities of iVAULT to produce reports required to meet regulatory compliance like PSAB 3150.

  •  Search, query, edit, report, and view data from multiple business systems and locations using the iVAULT Web Module
  • Populate standard data into your database by editing forms
  • Produce reports easily, from mailing labels to asset inventories
  • Locate field assets and track maintenance from any location

 Make it Personal

 A personal experience is a better user experience.

  •  Personalize and brand your own Web GIS system
  • Manage access, reporting and editing of the database based on user login
  • Configure your own forms with the standard controls built in the form generator

 iVAULT has an innovative modular framework:

  •  Administrator Module: enables your organization to configure all aspects of the Web GIS
  • Data Editing Module: enhances your reporting, sharing and updating capabilities
  • Analytics Module: provides enhanced analytics tools for better decision-making
  • Integration Module: rapidly integrates your data and systems
  • Cloud Module: allows organizations to produce, edit, store and manage maps, data and other geospatial information through a cloud-based geospatial content management system
  • eCommerce Module: Save money, time and resources by monetizing your web-based GIS services.

Sign up for an Upcoming Free Webinar or visit http://ivault.pat.ca for more information


Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, Web GIS and asset management 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. We configure our solutions to meet your needs.”

iVAULT is PAT’s Web GIS solution that allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location. iVAULT is compatible with leading technologies: ArcGIS, MapGuide and Google. iVAULT is also easily integrated with financial and asset management software products.

 For more information, call  at 1.877.691.9171, ext.2 or email us at sales@pat.ca.

 [Content provided by Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Geomatics Institute at Fleming

Fleming College Geomatics

Location: Lindsay, Ontario
GIS Programs: Specialist Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online)

Fleming College GeomaticsInfo: Lindsay, Ont., is home to the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College, located at the Frost Campus. Fleming has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in Geomatics education, producing high caliber graduates, who are considered specialists in the field.

The Geomatics Institute is an ideal location for the study of Geomatics technologies. The campus is located close to the Greater Toronto Area, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent University. Both respected organizations have provided several academic and industry partnerships that support our academic initiatives, student applied projects and internships.

Fleming offers a choice of three graduate certificate programs: Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, and Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online).

What Makes Fleming Geomatics Unique

Some of the unique benefits the Geomatics Institute at Fleming offers are:

  • Excellent, trained staff committed to the student learning experience
  • The very latest in leading edge software
  • Partnerships with Trent University and the Department of National Defence.
  • An award-winning academic reputation backed by solid relationships with industry and government partners who seek Fleming graduates
  • Constantly evolving programs ensure our graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of industry and government in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Contact Info

200 Albert Street South
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 5E6

Shawn Morgan, 705-324-9144 ext. 3012, shawn.morgan@flemingcollege.ca


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Fleming College then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

 

[Note: This page was originally posted Feb. 5, 2009]

iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North

 

Pacific Alliance Technologies is giving a presentation about iVAULT at Esri International User Conference titled  iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North.

Date/Time: Jul 26, 10:15AM – 11:30AM
Location: Room 24 C (Esri International User Conference)
Description: This session highlights the benefits of online data delivery, including the opportunities and challenges from converting papers to digital records, and how to consolidate disparate databases for easier and more efficient access.
More details http://events.esri.com/uc/2012/infoweb/onlineagenda/?fa=ofg_details_form&ScheduleID=1915

Recently, I was contacted and asked to invite the Canadian GIS readers to join Pacific Alliance Technologies for a live sneak peak Free Webinar demo of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server.

Learn how their Web GIS can enable your company to make better decisions and reduce costs. They will be demoing some of the most advanced and innovative functionality, including: Social Media Integration, GPS Location, System and Data Integration, Linking to ArcGIS Online and Community Maps, Enhanced Analytic Capabilities and much more.

Easy, Configurable and Affordable, iVAULT is the fastest route to Web GIS!

What: Free Webinar demoing of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server
When: July 18 at 10 AM PDT
Registration link: Use this form on the to reserve your Webinar seat.

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

Challenge
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.

Rocky Mountains British Columbia

In the earlier days of web GIS, the MapGuide 6.5 application was the best on the market for serving spatial data to the web due to its client side applet. However, over time, web technologies evolved and the client side architecture became a security risk and a development liability.  In 2008 Autodesk decommissioned the MapGuide 6.5 application. As a result the City wanted to enhance its online GIS services and provide increased functionality to internal staff using the latest server side MapGuide Open Source technology.

Solution
The City purchased iVAULT MapGuide with the Administration module to replace the existing MapGuide 6.5 application. iVAULT is a web based application that allows organizations, to quickly and easily publish GIS content to the web. You do not need a background in programming to use iVAULT. It allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location and visually see the asset you are managing adding value to your business processes.

The City benefitted from the service-oriented architecture of the iVAULT Administrator to provide a fast, scalable, and cross platform web GIS application to realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff.  iVAULT makes use of open source components to support rich access to spatial data in both vector and raster formats and provides a full suite of tools for map interaction, reporting, analysis, editing and printing. Using MapGuide Studio, the City was able to produce visually stunning cartographic maps and serve those maps to a wide audience. Pacific Alliance Technologies current hosts the new TerraMap site http://terrace.pat.ca and have written very elaborate FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) scripts. This keeps the data in the development environment within the City of Terrace current, along with the live hosted environment within the PAT collocation.

Resultslogo Pacific Alliance Technologies
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. iVAULT’s “Self Service” approach to GIS, has introduced efficiencies in the City’s workflows and provides easy access and increased utilization of City’s existing the  resources. iVAULT provides a solution that facilitates the provision and maintenance of timely, accurate and complete data and is scalable for future integration with additional data sources.  The easy to use Administration module replaces custom development with point and click configurability- empowering Terrace staff to administer the site themselves.Pacific Alliance Technologies, a member of StarDyne Technologies, provides proven CAD and GIS solutions and services for local and regional governments. Easy, flexible and affordable, Pacific Alliance’s solutions enable government staff to manage, query and analyze spatial, attribute and Asset and Financial information. Delivered via a web browser, data is integrated from multiple sources to deliver a solution that streamlines Asset Management and facilitates self-service for the public. With a combined 120+ years of technical experience, Pacific Alliance is lauded in the industry as a GIS technology and service provider.

For more information about Pacific Alliance Technologies, visit http://ivault.pat.ca or www.pat.ca. call them at 1.877.691.9171, or email sales@pat.ca.

[Case study republished with permissiom from Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & ESRI Technology

Event: Free Webinar – Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & Esri Technology
Date: March 8, 2012: 10AM PT
Location: Webinar – Virtualy anywhere
Registration:  see the registration page

Description:  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. In that time, Geocortex has proven to be a success story, with organizations all over the world recognizing the value of an off-the-shelf (OTS) approach in helping them achieve GIS and web based mapping requirements.

“Computing is becoming increasingly ubiquitous; accessible via an expanding array of devices, delivery platforms, and form factors. HTML5 is a standard that will help make this reality more manageable for content authors. Although HTML5 remains too early stage for many types of production applications, opportunities exist to start leveraging HTML5 in ways that capitalize on its strengths, while ensuring maximum longevity and applicability of development investment.”

This 30-45 minute webinar should apeal to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using ArcGIS Server platform. It will have an emphasis towards mobile users and work flow driven web browser based applications, while focusing on specific technology strategies and a more recommended general approach for getting started with HTML5 and ESRI technology.

 

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group

Fraser Valley

The GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group is for those interested in spatial related things and for those who are interested in sharing that passion with others through spatial technology.

“Perhaps you like to develop custom solutions and understand APIs and programming or you’re just someone who has a use for web mapping. The Fraser Valley is on the outskirts of most of the existing mapping organizations and we want to build our own community.”

There is so much that cab be learned and shared from one another: open data, open street mapping, open source software, new technology and techniques, and more. So if you are in the Fraser Valley  area then you should get together, network  and support one other!

See check out the groups meeting page for a calender of events and to get in contact with people of this group.

[image soure: GeoGeeks FV group]