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RADARSAT Data and Mosaics

Canada’s first Earth observation satellite, was declared non-operational earlier this year. RADARSAT 2 launched in 2007 was designed to replace RADARSAT 1 and is used for a variety of applications such as sea ice mapping, ship detection, agricultural monitoring, pollution detection, geological mapping, land use mapping, and much more.

Here are links to several RADARSAT data and mosaic images that you can download completely free.

Canadian GIS Employment Resources

“One of the hardest jobs to do during your career will often be finding the job itself, especially in such a niche industry like Geomatics. However the increased use and exposure of the Internet has led to many great resources to help you out and we have taken the best resources and posted them here to help you. ”

Since 2005, CanadianGIS.com has been providing Canadians with the best employment resources available on the web. Here we maintain an updated ongoing list of employment sites or resources that provide Geospatial related Canadian jobs. If you see any missing from the list let us know …

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

An online mapping tool of Toronto has been providing users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …

Helping Children Learn the Art of Mapping

Helping Children Learn Cartography

Where in the world are you? Learn to read, understand and create maps

Recently at a yard sale, we discovered this simple book for kids that teaches them about the Art of Mapping called “Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids” and thought we would include it in our Geo-Books section for others to discover and use when they are trying to introduce kids to maps.Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

  •  Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
  • Authors: Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink
  • Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
  • 38 pages, paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-4431-0493-7
  • Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10
  • “Best Books for Kids and Teens” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2012.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Children can learn to read, understand and create maps using this easy to follow Scholastic book by Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids helps introduce children to the basic elements used when reading a map including map scale, symbols, and colours. It makes use of vibrant colors, simple diagrams, and various pictures to help children easily understand the process of creating and reading maps.

It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular.

The book then goes beyond the basic elements of maps providing some deeper aspects of cartography such as the minimum amount of colors to use when creating a map to the meaning of contour lines on topographic maps. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer. This is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one.

Click here to order yourself a copy of Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids “maps are inspiring: there’s nothing like reading a map that makes you want to get out and explore!” (p. 2)

A map is a picture of a place, but not like a painting or a photograph, which shows us what a place looks like. A map is a picture of information about a place. (p. 4)

The earliest known maps of Canada were drawn by seafaring explorers from Europe. Our whole continent was a surprise to them. When they found it, they were looking for something else – an easy passage to India and China.

So early maps of North America highlight information useful to readers looking for a way through: the shape of coastlines, the location of waterways and how far they travelled into the land. (p. 14)

The word “map” comes from the Latin word ‘mappa,’ meaning cloth. In earlier times, maps were drawn on animal skin or cloth. “Cartography” was borrowed from French: ‘cartographie’ means “map drawing.” (p. 16)

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Canadian Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

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.

Below is the collection of common geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that you may find in the Canadian Geomatics industry (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, cartography, geography, surveying, Government etc.). If anybody knows of any key ones that missing off of this little Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations cheat-sheet then let us know and we will gladly add them to the list.

[page updated May 2016 – The list is now over 300, thanks to many people who continue to send us more Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations not on the list.]

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

3D Three DimensionalCanadian Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

AAA analytical and advisory activity
AASTR Advanced Along Track Scanning Thermal Radiometer
AAG Association of American Geographers
ABGPS Airborne GPS
ABCLS Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
A/C Aircraft
ACA American Cartographic Association
ACACC Association des cartothèques et archives cartographiques du Canada
ACC Association canadienne de cartographie
ACE Advanced Cartographic Environment
ACG Association canadienne des gèographes
ACLS Association of Canadian Lands Surveyors
ACMLA Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
ACS Active Control System
ADP Advanced digital processing
ADP Automated data processing
AGRG Applied Geomatics Research Group
ALSA Alberta Land Surveyors Association
Alt. Altitude
ALTM Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper
ALTMS Airborne Laser Topographic Mapping System
AM Automated Mapping
AMLS Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors
ANBLS Ascociation of New Brunswick Land Surveyors
ANSLS Ascociation of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
AOI Area of Interest
AOLS Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
APBEL Atlantic Provinces Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors
APEILS Ascociation of Prince Edward Island Land Surveyors
ASAR Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar
ASPG American Society for Professional Geographers
ASPRS American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
AT Area Triangulation
ATR Automatic Target Recognition
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
AM/FM Automated Mapping/Facilities Management

BCIT British Columbia Institute of Technology
BLDG Building
BM Bench mark

CACS Canadian Active Control System
CAD Computer Assisted Design
CADMAP Computer-aided drafting, mapping, and photogrammetry
CAG Canadian Association of Geographers
CaGIS Cartography and Geographic Information Society
CanSIS Canadian Soil Information System
CanVec Canadian Vector Data
CARL Canadian Association of Research Libraries
CASI Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
CBEPS Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors
CCA Canadian Cartographic Association
CCG Canadian Coast Guard
CCMEO Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation
CCOG The Canadian Council on Geomatics.
CCRS Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
CGCRT Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table
CGRG Canadian Geomorphology Research Group
CGS Canadian Geodetic Survey
CGS Certified Geomatics Specialist (CIG Certification Program)
CGSN Canadian Gravity Standardization Network
CHA Canadian Hydrographic Association
CHS Canadian Hydrographic Service
CIG Canadian Institute of Geomatics
CIR Color infrared
CIS Canadian Institute of Surveying
CLI Canada Land Inventory
CLS Canada Lands Surveyor
CLSR Canada Lands Surveys Records
COGO Coordinate Geometry
COGS Centre of Geographic Sciences
CORS Continuously operated reference station(s)
CRN Canadian Road Network
CRSS Canadian Remote Sensing Society
CSA Canadian Space Agency
CSPG Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
CSRS Canadian Spatial Reference System
CWRA Canadian Water Resources Program

DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DB Data base
DBMS Database management system
DCW Digital Chart of the World
DD Decimal degrees
DEM Digital Elevation Model
DFO Department of Fisheries and Oceans
DGPS Differential Global Positioning System
DIPS Digital Image Processing System
DMTI Desktop Mapping Technologies Inc.
DN Digital Number
DND Department of National Defence
DNR Department of Natural Resources
DO Digital Ortho
DOQ Digital orthophoto quadrangle
DOQQ Digital orthophoto quarter quadrangle
DOT Departmentof Transportation
DPI Dots per inch
DQQ Digital quarter quadrangle
DRF Digital Raster File
DTD Digital Topographic Data
DTED Digital Terrain Elevation Data
DTM Digital Terrain Model
DVD Digital versatile disc
DXF Drawing Interchange File
DXF Digital Exchange Format

RADARSAT – Canadian geomatics RADAR Satellite (Canadian Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations)EA Environmental assessment
EC Environment Canada
ECRF Earth Centered Reference Frame
EMS electromagnetic spectrum
ENVISAT Environmental Satellite
EO Earth observation
EOF End of File
EOSAT Earth Observation Satellite
EOT End of Text
ERDAS Earth Resources Data Analysis System
ERS Earth Remote Sensing Satellite
ERS European Remote Sensing Satellite
ESA European Space Agency
ESRI (Esri) Environmental Systems Research Institute
ETM Enhanced Thematic Mapper
EVI enhanced vegetation index

FAC Feature analysis code
FACC Feature and Attribute Coding Catalog
FACS Feature Attribute Coding Standard; Feature Attribute Coding System
FCC False color composite
FCGEO Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FGP Federal Geospatial Platform
FNLM First Nations Land Management
FOV Field of view

GANS Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia
GCP Ground control point
GDP GeoConnections Discovery Portal
GEO Group on Earth Observations
Geol. Geology
GeoNB NewBrunswick Online Map Viewer
GEOSAT Geodesy Satellite
GI Geographic information
GI Geospatial information
GIAC Geomatics Industry Association of Canada
GIS Geographic Information System
GIS Geographical Information System
GIS Geographic Information Services
GIS Geographical Information Science
GLONASS Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (Russia)
GMT Greenwich Mean Time
GN Grid north
GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System
GoC Government of Canada
GOES geostationary operational environmental satellite
GPR Ground Penetrating Radar
GPS Global Positioning System
GRASS Geographic Resource Analysis Support System
GRD Ground Resolved Distance
GRIDS Grid Referenced Information Display System
GRS 80 Geodetic Reference System of 1980
GRS Geodetic Reference System
GSC Geological Survey of Canada
GTA Greater Toronto Area
GUI Graphical User Interface
GVI Green vegetation index

ha Hectare; Hektar
HBM Hydrologic bench mark
HC Hard copy
HDOP Horizontal Dilution of Precision
HF High frequency
HP Hewlett Packard
HPN High Precision Network
HSV Hue Saturation Value
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language

IBC International Boundary Commission
ICA International Cartographic Association
IGS International GNSS Service
ILM Integrated Land Management
ILMF International LiDAR Mapping Forum
ILRIS Intelligent Laser Range Imaging Scanner (Optech)
IM/IT Information Management/Information Technology
IMAGE Integrated Mapping and Geographic Encoding System
INS Inertial Navigation System
InSAR Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
I/O Input/output
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ITRF International Terrestrial Reference Frame

JP2 JPEG2000
JERS-1 Japanese Earth Resources Satellite 1
JRSS Japanese remote sensing satellite

KB KilobyteCanadian Geomatics & Land Surveying Associations (Canadian Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations)
KBPS Kilobytes per second
KGPS Kinematic GPS
kHz Kilohertz
km Kilometer

LANDSAT Land Satellite
L/C Land cover
LBS Location-Based Services
LCA Land cover analysis
LCC Lambert conformal conic (projection)
LIDAR (LiDAR) Light Detection And Ranging
LIO Land Information Ontario
LMS Large-scale mapping system
LMS Lidar Mapping Suite
LOS Line-of-sight
LRIS Land Registration and Information Service (Maritimes)
LRIS Land Related Information Service (Alberta)
LRS Linear Referencing System
LSI LiDAR Services International

MB Megabyte
MCE Mapping and Charting Establishment
MGUG Manitoba GIS Users Group
MLW Mean low water
MRSID multi resolution seamless image database
MSL Mean sea level
MSDI Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure
MTM Maritime Transverse Mercator
MTO Ministry of Transportation

NACCSM National Advisory Committee on Control Surveys and Mapping
NAD North American Datum
NAD27 North American Datum of 1927
NAD83 North American Datum of 1983
NAD83 (CSRS) North American of Datum 1983 (Canadian Spatial Reference System) an adopted modern datum used in Canada
NAPL National Air Photo Library
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVD North American Vertical Datum
NAVD 88 North American Vertical Datum 1988
NDVI normalized difference vegetation index
NIF National Information Framework
NIR near infrared
NLS Ascociation of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
NGVD National Geodetic Vertical Datum
NGVD29 National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
NMAS National Map Accuracy Standards
NRCan Natural Resources Canada
NTS National Topographic System

OAGQ Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec
OARS – Ontario Association for Remote Sensing
OCRS Ontario Centre for Remote Sensing
ODC Open Data Consortium
OGC Open GIS Consortium
OGDE Ontario Geographic Data Exchange
OGS Ontario Geological Survey
OQ Orthophoto quadrangle
ORN Ontario Road Network
ORRI Orthorectified radar imagery
OTF On the fly

PAC Public Archives of Canada
PCA Principal components analysis
PE&RS Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
PID Polygon identification number
PID Property identification number
PIN Parcel identification number
Pixel Picture element
PK Peak
PLN Plan
PLS Provincial Land Surveyor
PLS Public Land Survey
PNG Portable Network Graphic
POES polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite
POS Position and Orientation System
PPP Precise Point Positioning
PQ Province Quebec
PSI Public sector information

QA Quality assurance
QA/QC Quality assurance/quality control
QC Quality control
QGIS Quantum GIS
QS Quadratic splines

RA Rural area
RADAR Radio Detecting and Ranging
RADARSAT RADAR Satellite
RAM Random access memory
R&D Research and development
RCGS Royal Canadian Geographical Society
RDI Resource Data International Inc.
RGB Red-green-blue
RIP Raster Image Processing
RMS Root mean square
RMSE Root mean squared error
RS remote sensing
RTK Real Time Kinematic

SAR Synthetic aperture radar
SDB Spatial data base
SDE Spatial Database Engine
SDI Spatial Data Infrastructure
SDSS Spatial decision support systems
SGB Surveyor General Branch
SLAR Side Looking Airborne Radar
SLP Slope
SLSA Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association
SMB Surveys and Mapping Branch
SMIRR Shuttle Multispectral Infrared Radiometer
SNB Service New Brunswick
SPC State Plane Coordinate
SPCS State Plane Coordinate System(s)
SPOT Satellite for Earth Observation
SQL Standard Query Language
Sta Station
SSC Shared Services Canada
S-VGA Super Video Graphics Array
SW surface water
SWIR short-wave infrared

TBD To be determined
TC Transport Canada
TGO Trimble Geomatics Office
TIFF Tagged Image File Format
TIGER Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing
TIN Triangular Irregular Network
TIR Thermal infrared
TIRS Thermal Infrared Scanner
TM Thematic Mapper (Landsat); Timber management
TOA top of atmosphere
TPS Thin-plate splines; Topcon Positioning Systems
TQ Topographic quadrangle
TVC Tagged Vector Contours

UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UBC University of British Columbia
UNB University of New Brunswick
URISA Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
UTC Universal Time Coordinated; Urban Traffic Control System (Siemans)
UTM Universal Transverse Mercator
U of C University of Calgary
U of T University of Toronto

VGI Volunteered Geographic Information

WMF Windows Metafile Format
WWW World Wide Web
W3C World Wide Web Consortium
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
XML eXtensible Markup Language

[originally published on March 8, 2010]

Canada Explained in 7 Maps

Maps‬ that show How Important Canada isMaps‬ that show How Important Canada is

7 Maps that show how important Canada is [source: Business Insider CandianGEO.info/1XWPndh]

Canada is one of the top energy producers in the world. Our country is simply huge, with a sprawling vast wilderness landscape. This video will show you how truly expansive Canada is with 7 maps

 

GIS Conference and Events in Canada

GIS Conferences and Events in Canada

[page last updated March 2016]

Attending professional GIS conferences or  geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector. GIS conferences or geomatics related events - 2005 CIG Conference in Ottawa

Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.

Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).

We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.

Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars.  If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free  and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.

[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]

2016 GIS Conference and EventsGIS conferences or geomatics related events

Past GIS Conference and Events

 

[This page was originally published May 2010]

Wheelmap – Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Halifax Wheelmap- Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap – Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap is an online mapping application by a German non-profit association, to help promote wheelchair accessible places (currently more than 550,000 points of interests in eighteen different languages have been added) and allow people to find out if a location is accessible or not. Wheelchair Accessible Maps help provide answers to questions such as:

Can some one in a wheel chair reach a specific restaurant? Does a popular pub have an accessible washroom? 

It is a crowd source driven application so anyone can contribute to the project by tagging public places according to their wheelchair accessibility, and add new locations if they know of ones that have not been added yet. The OpenStreetMap based site provides online tools to help people plan their trips more efficiently. Users can use the mapping application to learn about accessible places and share relevant location based information with others. Users can also download wither the Wheelmap iPhone or Wheelmap Android app to use  with their smart phones to help them while out and about.

The quality of information on the online mapping application varies from place to place and seems to be more popular in European countries but has been gaining use here in Canada.

It is also hoped that with public awareness raised through the use of Wheelmap, that more owners of public buildings will be encouraged to improve their location’s accessibility.

Visit www.wheelmap.org and help promote wheelchair accessible places in Canada.

Essential Tips for Starting a Canadian Business

Essential Tips for Starting a Canadian Business

There are many of us out there that often say we would love to work for our selves and probably many more of us that actually think that. Thanks to many advancements in software, computers and technology as well as the way that we do Geomatics these days we are seeing more individuals starting to work for themselves. The excitement of starting a  business in Canada can often leads to many questions.

Where do you begin?Essential Tips for Starting a Canadian Business

What steps are essential?

Are there any hidden tips to be aware of?

How much will it cost me and how much can I make?

Today we were submitted some helpful helpful tips about starting a business, some of witch may surprise you as most people never think of everything when they come up with an idea of starting their own business.

Know What Your Good At & Do What You Love

Choose a business where you can use your best skills or interests; if your not very good at programming then you obviously do not want to start an applications business (although there is always out sourcing and other methods that you could consider). It is important to not just look at the amount of money people that you could make. Know what you love to do and go for something you’re good at, then allow your expertise draw in your customers.

You do not want to spend all your time doing something you find boring or outright distasteful no matter how much financial potential that it has (actually this is often what drives most people to quit their regular jobs and start working on their own). The point of being in business for yourself is to be able to wake up eager to get to work. If you only care about the money, then just get yourself a new job some where else.

Have a Business Plan and Stick to the Plan

Have an Overall Plan. Decide in advance what, where, and how long you intend to do the business. Will it be an ongoing venture, an online business or just a summer project? With an overall plan, you can make the rest of your decisions accordingly.

Probably the most popular tip and most important is the Business Plan, everyone who starts working for themselves should have one. Unlike the general overall plan, this one covers the specifics of the business. Do market testing to figure out the prices you can charge, who is most likely to buy your product or service, and most importantly, whether you can make a profit. If the answer to the last one is no, then you need to change your plan – a viable business must be able to turn a profit!

Time Management

It’s easy for a business to eat up all of your time. Conversely, some people find it hard to dedicate enough time to the business. Set a schedule that dedicates plenty of time for your business, but not so much that your entire life is consumed. Do expect to put a lot of your life into your business during the first couple of years.

Keep It Under Control

Take control of your brand right from the start. The fact that no one knows your brand when you first open your doors doesn’t mean that you don’t have a brand. You do – right from the start. Engage your target market on Twitter, Facebook and other areas to nurture that brand and ensure that people think positively of your product, service and company.

Have a Backup Plan

Consider an exit strategy. Selling your business may or may not be your initial end goal, but if you’re successful, you’ll eventually get an offer. Think wisely about each offer rather than either accepting or denying it in a knee-jerk fashion.


Amy Coleman – Amy has carried a briefcase to school since first grade because she wanted to be the boss. She holds an MBA from Wharton and works for a Fortune 500 company where she has her eye on the corner office.

[Originally Published Aug. 2008]

Ontario Trail Maps

 

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps: The Ontario Trails Council is a charity that was created to promote the development, preservation and management recreational related trails in Ontario. Several Ontario trail maps have been created to help people find cycling routes and loops with descriptions, hiking and walking trails, and other recreation related trails such as ATV, snowmobiling, canoeing and many more.

Ontario Trail MapsOntarioTrailsMap.com is an Ontario Trails Council online mapping application that has a quick selection menu with search functionality that allows users to quickly narrow down their search to any region in Ontario and desired trail type. Details about the various trails provided include trail type, trail lengths, difficulty rating and other details such as photos and descriptions.

OntarioTrailMaps.ca provides users with a series of of easy-to-read full color regional maps featuring recreational related trails in Ontario. Their maps are published by AdverMap and available in paper hard copy or scanned digital versions. AdverMap has distributed more then 100,000 trail maps throughout Ontario

Start exploring trails in your area, or venture out and explore some of Ontario that you have never been to before …