GeoConnections announces the Invitation for Projects for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

GeoConnections is accepting Invitation for Projects for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Interested proponents are invited to submit a project proposal to GeoConnections no later than December 20, 2018.

Seeking applications for Positions with the Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Through an open, transparent and merit-based process, the Government of Canada is seeking applications for full-time and part-time member positions for the Social Security Tribunal of Canada Employment Insurance Section, Income Security Section as well as the Appeal Division.

Top 5 Skills for a Successful Career in GIS

Top 5 important GIS skillsWhat are the top 5 important GIS skills that a successful professional in the geomatics sector should have?

According to Wikipedia, GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. Therefore, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.

Top 5 important GIS skills for a Successful Career

Joseph Kerski from Esri has created a 3 part video series where he presents new ways of thinking about important GIS skills in your career because  “skills alone will not guarantee success, but are a fundamental part of it … “. 

[Post originally published October 2014]

Geocaching Tips and Tricks

In today’s world of growing electronics and entertainment there are many ways that you can connect and relate to other, however this trend has seemed to move the focus of fun from the outdoors to indoors.

Geocaching tips Hiking is a very old past time that builds character, resilience and stamina as well as orientation skills, making it a wonderful activity for anyone old and young. Geocaching is a modern activity which goes along very with hiking, offering the thrill of a treasure hunting with group cohesion on a worldwide scale in a very indirect fashion. With the use of GPS , Geocaching is essentially an activity where those involved locate and find various objects in caches all around the world that have been carefully cataloged via a central database (such as the website geocaching.com) which serves as a way of keeping track of all the items.

These  caches usually contain common small objects of basically no monetary value but that is beside the point. Geocaching offers a chance to combine hiking with a treasure hunting, offering opportunities for fun and exercise as well as honing your orientation and tracking skills. It is an excellent way to explore and get in touch with what is out there, so below have provided some tips and hints on what you need to get started Geocaching:

GPS device

To start you will need a handheld GPS device, a smartphone with GPS functionality or a map and compass . These tools will allow you the ability to search for the caches you will be looking for from the database that you searched. Moving is much easier that way.

Geocatching Tips and Tricks

Register to a Geocache Site

There are more than one site that can help in your tracking, so you could choose whichever one you like best, however some websites do offer some extra services, so choose whatever sounds preferable. If you are competing with friends or colleagues then it may be a great idea to all use the same site.

 Check the database for caches

There are literally caches found all over the world, everywhere. and anywhere. This has been building for a some time now thanks to a cult like dedicated following across the globe so chances are you might be walking past a cache or two every day without even knowing it. Caches may be in rather inconspicuous places such as under a rock next to a trail or even in the middle of a city park.

 Choose the right one

Different caches have different difficulty levels so you should choose ones that are appropriate to your level of navigating skill. You might have serious difficulties finding some of them. The idea is that you are given a few tips and you are meant to find the place yourself within some small range of your given coordinates on the website where the information on the cache is listed.

 Bring a small item for exchange

A big component of Geocaching is that when you take something from a cache that you leave something behind for others to find. This is how you can never tell what you will find. You could find stuff that was originally from somewhere like Europe for example but in locations halfway across the globe from there.

Remember its best to leave no items of particular no personal or monetary value since they may disappear if someone decides to keep them. There are specific geocaching coins, pins and micro capsules which offer ample opportunities to leave messages and whatever your heart desires inside a cache. Depending on what’s inside the cache you may either take nothing out and just leave your item for circulation for other travelers to use or you can simply take nothing out and leave nothing if you aren’t interested in the contents. Always remember to leave the given cache in the exact same condition you have found it, up to concealing it the same way it was hidden to promote consistency.

There you have it some basic Geocaching Tips and Tricks to get you started and using your GPS for fun instead of work.

More Resources

This is a place on our site where you will find a vast collection of various links to external web sites that did not fit into some of the other places on the site and we either use these sites our selves on a reglar basis or they have been submitted to us to share with others.

GIS Web Sites

Google Maps – get the google maps API and tweak your web site like we did to ours

Geocoding Web Sites

Geocoder and coordinate convertor that converts LSD/UTM/GPS/with street names and then displays it on Google Maps or OSM.

 

Where is Canada?

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Canada is the second largest country in the world (spatially) by total area – 9,984,670 km². It ocupies most of northern North America extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada shares land borders with the United States to the south and northwest.