Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Do you have a passion for geographic education and recognize the importance of understanding maps, GIS and spatial thinking? Then you should consider becoming a GIS Ambassador

“Spatial thinking involves understanding the relationships between objects based on location and learning the importance of answering the question “where” to understand “why” things occur. GIS technology helps develop spatial thinking by enabling people to visualize information as maps and see patterns and trends from within the data. To help bring spatial skills to children in K-12 schools across Canada, Esri Canada invites professional GIS users, educators and university and college students to volunteer their skills and knowledge through the Program.” [Esri Canada]

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS AmbassadorEsri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors (including Esri Canada staff, university & college students, geospatial professionals and many more) – see the map below …

Who can become a GIS Ambassador?

Anyone who recognizes the significance of geography and has an interest in helping young people can join. As a GIS Ambassador you volunteer to work with a school, classroom or a club / organization and provide support that can help educators and youth develop geographic thinking skills.

The program is always looking for new people, so consider volunteering some of your time to help engage the next generation of GIS specialists allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. For more details visit http://esri.ca/en/content/gis-ambassador-program or contact k12@esri.ca

Get involved in your community by supporting schools and local youth groups as they explore their world using GIS.

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

[List updated May 2016] Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as  geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.

TRX Coordinate Transformation Tool

TRX is a free online coordinates transformation tool that allows users to transform coordinate values between between different geometric reference frames such as NAD83(CSRS) & ITRF), epochs and coordinate systems such as geographic, cartesian and local projections systems (UTM / MTM etc.).

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]

 

Magnetic declination calculator

Magnetic declination varies depending on where you are located on the Earth’s surface, and varies over time. Here is a handy free online magnetic declination calculator that can be used to calculate magnetic declination for any location and date based on the International Geomagnetic Reference Field model.

Nova Scotia Online Maps & Mapping Resources

Data is a vital role in geomatics related projects and for many years we have been helping people find Canadian data resources. Here you will find a large list of Nova Scotia Mapping Resources …

Converting between UTM, MTM and LAT/LONG

If you ever find yourself in need of quickly getting values converted from Geographic to UTM / MTM (Modified Traverse Mercator) or UTM / MTM to Geographic then here is a a free online converter tool that we use provided by Canadian Spatial Reference System.

ArcGIS Desktop Application Tutorials

We often get asked for resources to help people learn how to work with GIS. Now that Esri provides a affordable not for commercial version of ArcGIS, we often suggest that they try out these ArcGIS desktop application tutorials provided by the ArcGIS Resource Center

Canadian Open Data and Free Geospatial Data

Over the past few years CanadianGIS.com has been highlighting and promoting various cities and provinces in Canada that have done a great job providing data and applications to the public.

We created this page a few years ago to collaborate links of all the open geospatial data info (sites that offer data downloads at no cost and without restrictions), fee based geospatial data, online web mapping applications and other great sources of geospatial information (including National, Provincial and Regional levels).

This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (… we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.