Geomatics Analytical Technician – Working in Canada

Geomatics Analytical TechnicianGeomatics Analytical Technicians typically have working knowledge with demonstrated experience using GIS software, development of specialized cartography products, and provide support to other GIS users. They also need to have excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills to assist in the maintenance, management, updating and preparation of spatial data and information products.

Want to know what a Geomatics Analytical Technician job entails?

Here is a video by ” Working in Canada” featuring Kevin Watson, a Geomatics Technician with the Ontario Government, he is a graduate from the Geomatics Institute at Fleming program. It is a little dry, but very informative and help provides a little insight on what a Geomatics Analytical Technician may entail, for those that are interested in pursuing a GIS career.

To learn more about occupations in Canada, visit Working in Canada (http://workingincanada.gc.ca), a source of free and useful information that can help you to decide where to live and work.

[Originally posted Jan. 28, 2010]

 

Learn How To Map in OpenStreetMap

A great step by step intro tutorial video to help beginners learn how to get started mapping with OpenStreetMap, created by the U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit (mapgive.state.gov).

 

This second  tutorial video covers topics such as navigating the map, searching for locations, and exporting a map image.

 Free openstreetmap user guides

Return back to the main OpenStreetMap page

The future of GIS with Esri’s ArcGIS Online

The future of GIS with Esri’s ArcGIS Online

The future of GIS with Esri's ArcGIS Online

Jack Dangermond, Co-founder of mapping software maker, Esri, discusses the future of GIS, it’s massive potential of GIS and Esri’s new ArcGIS Online cloud-based system. GIS WebTech’s mapping applications leverage ArcGIS Online, allowing our clients access to unrivaled GIS file sharing and collaboration in the cloud.

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Jack Hild, Interim Chief Information Officer for Digital Globe speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen at DGI 2013 about the  use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. Context from the video included below … 

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Maybe you could tell us a bit more about your chosen topic this morning?

The presentation today really talked about the four areas of commercial imagery. It goes from looking at the advances in resolution and accuracy, which are pushing towards the limits right now. I talked a little bit about the speed, so the time it takes to take an image and then get it to a user, dramatic improvements in that over the last five years or so. Then I closed with talking about content, content is really what it’s all about these days. [Lancehead 00:00:56] started it 40 years ago, but we’re seeing more advances in sensors and more and more people are figuring out ways to manipulate all of those bands to discover new things.

So this is really, I think, one of the biggest things, this interoperability and collaboration. What are some of the biggest projects that you’re working on collaboratively and in that what some of the biggest challenges have been?

Obviously collaboration’s a huge theme here, I’ll do a real quick shout out for the NGCP, because I’ve heard so much about that over the last couple of days. Probably the best collaborative geospatial effort in the world.
From a Digitalglobe stand point, we’ve got one product that we’re really excited about, it’s called Global [Base Map 00:01:39]. If you think of individual country mosaics that are seamless, they’re gorgeous pictures of a country. Those are some of the things that we’re really focussing on.
What we’re expecting to do over the next year is move to a time where every day when images are collected, they’re merged into these country databases so that you truly get a constantly refreshing picture of the world. We think there’s a lot of opportunities both for government and commercial users for that.

I think one of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed certainly at DGI is this move that it’s become more than just defence. As you said, it’s governmental, it’s institutional, we’re suddenly seeing a lot more of the emergency services and similar getting involved. What kind of changes have you seen as one of the vendor companies?

Certainly I would agree with you, it’s been really interesting to watch the commercial. Governments are very mature in their use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. More and more we’re seeing commercial companies, who didn’t even realise that it was important, are finding that they can do their business better and more efficiently by using geospatial information.
Certainly the emergency [preparedness 00:02:49] and the emergency response [is key]. That’s one of the things that Digitalglobe can offer, is with our satellite constellation, we can get pictures quickly over emergency areas. We’ve developed some products that countries and companies have bought so that they can respond when there’s some emergency over their particular area of interest.

What can you do with Geography?

“We all know that Geography is Important; but what can you do with it?”

What can you do with geography?

With National Geography Week and GIS Day quickly approaching I thought I would create a few posts to get people a little more motivated.

Here is a video that explores how geography is used in the real world, from disaster response to military intelligence and even polar exploration.

 

What is GIS – Applications of the spatial information

Here is a short video that provides a pretty good job of defining what GIS is, in common simpler words.

It is not a Canadian video but may help some people out none the less.