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Thompson’s 1826 Map of Northwestern North America

I recently returned from giving a presentation at Carto2013; an annual Canadian cartographic themed conference that was held at the University of Alberta co-hosted by the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) & the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA).

One of the key themes evident at the conference was related to history of cartography and history through maps”, a topic that many of the presentations were related to and several of these talks were about 1826 maps of Northwestern North America created by David Thompson. I myself have never really had much interest in history however these presentations provided me with a much different perspective on history and maybe I have found myself a new (or old??) to explore. Yesterday while searching for some Canadian maps with my daughter I stumbled across yet some more historic themed cartography, so I thought perhaps we should start a new section on CanadianGIS.com related to Historic Cartography since it is pretty evident that this is becoming topic of interest to many in the Canadian Geomatics community.

Find out more about Canadian Geographic Maps & Thompson’s 1826 Map of Northwestern North America …

Cansel achieves Autodesk Platinum Award

Cansel achieves Autodesk Platinum Award for the highest growth for sales in Canada

Vancouver, BC, 9 May, 2013 — Cansel announced that they have received Autodesk’ coveted Platinum Award for the highest growth for new sales in Canada, during fiscal year ending on January 31st, 2013. Cansel was the only Canadian company to win Platinum Award from Autodesk for Autodesk’s fiscal year 2013. For 30 years Cansel’s in-house experts have provided tailored solutions of Autodesk technologies including training, support, customization and programming, workflow optimization and standards development. It is now the largest reseller of Autodesk solutions in Canada and ranks number 4 in North America.

”This award signifies that the Canadian marketplace continues to recognize Cansel’s unique value proposition and expertise in helping solve our customer’s business challenges. We have invested over the years to build the largest Canadian team of professional services experts, who come from industry with practical knowledge and experience,“ said Mr. Sasha Nikodijevic, Cansel. “When you combine our team of experts, coupled with Autodesk Suites, our structured implementation methodology and wide selection of hardware, we are able to optimize our customer’s workflow, from field to finish.”

About Cansel
Cansel helps organizations measure, analyze, design and build a better Canada. We are the only company of its kind, providing unique and tailored solutions for over 40 years. The markets we serve include engineering, surveying, construction, mining, architecture, utilities, forestry, and government. Partnering with the world’s leading technology manufacturer’s, (such as Canon, Trimble and Autodesk) Cansel’s national team of professionals combine software, hardware and services to improve your workflow, from field to finish. www.cansel.ca

Autodesk ® is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

First Calgary Financial chooses DMTI Spatial for address quality and Location Intelligence

First Calgary Financial chooses DMTI Spatial

DMTI’s unique location-based web services provide vastly improved accuracy and more targeted marketing opportunitiesDMTI Spatial

Markham, ON – April 30, 2013.  DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Economics solutions, announced that it has been chosen by First Calgary Financial to provide an address quality solution for its new data warehouse initiative.  First Calgary Financial will be using DMTI’s Location Hub® software to clean, validate and geocode all customer and prospect addresses before they are loaded into its new data warehouse. They will also be using this SaaS offering to maintain rigorous data quality over time and further enrich their customer information with additional insight to better measure risk and uncover new opportunity.

“In building our new data warehouse, we wanted to ensure we had the highest quality information being inputted,” said John Dundas, First Calgary Financial’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations. “The accuracy and services DMTI provides will standardize our master database and help us pursue a more focused approach to market First Calgary Financial’s products and services.”

“We are very pleased that First Calgary Financial is using Location Hub in their data warehousing initiative to ensure that all of their systems and processes are working with high quality location information from the start,” offered Phil Kaszuba, DMTI’s Vice President and General Manager.   “The continued adoption of Location Hub by Canada’s financial institutions for their most trusted initiatives validates our reputation of having the most comprehensive, accurate and reliable location information in Canada.”


About DMTI Spatial Inc. 
DMTI has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub platform enables real-time decisions by uniquely identifying, validating, analyzing and maintaining a universe of location-based data.  Through a strong partner ecosystem, DMTI enables its customers to use location as a frame of reference to enrich customer, prospect, vendor and infrastructure insight with a wide variety of attributes to better identify risk and opportunity.

About First Calgary Financial
Recognized as one of the Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Western Canada, First Calgary Financial’s 500 employees are proud to be living, leading and learning in Calgary.   As the home of the No Fees for MeTM free chequing account, we provide full financial services through 16 branch locations; telephone, internet and mobile banking; a Contact Centre; Independent Business Banking and Automated Teller Machines.  First Calgary Financial is the ninth largest credit union in Canada with over $3 billion in assets and more than 70,000 members in the greater Calgary area.  More information about First Calgary Financial is available at firstcalgary.com

1917 Vancouver Mission Route Map

Today we have a scan of a Vancouver Mission (British Columbia) Route Map taken from The Automobile Blue Book published in 1917.

1921 map of Alberta

Large historic map of Alberta taken from Putnam’s Handy Volume Atlas of the World that was published in 1921

Submit an Online Web Mapping Site

Online Web mapping involves designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps to end users via the Internet through common web browsers, allowing people to use maps interactively with out needing high end software. Web GIS is very similar to web mapping but provides analysis, data processing, publishing and other GIS abilities. Often these two terms are used synonymously, even if they are not exactly the same product. None the less both have been increasing exposure over the past few years, a major accomplishment for the GIS industry and since Web mapping can not exist without GIS, (and for simplicity) we have combined these all into one category here on the site.

internet with globe - web mappingOur web mapping section examines the various online web mapping and web GIS applications that have been created all across Canada.

Some of ones that we have covered are ones that we use on a regular basis, some that we stumbled across and some have been submitted to us by others. So as you browse through the our Web mapping section category you will find that are a wide array of online mapping applications with Canadian content being offered via the internet from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Some notable one that has been covered so far includes:

 Plus many more that you can find here

Our aim is to continue covering all the great Online Web mapping in Canada so we would love for others to submit online web mapping applications that either they have created themselves or ones that they are aware of but we have yet to cover on our site. Simply use the form below …

Free Georeferenced Topographic Map Sheets

GeoGratis is an internet portal web site provided by Natural Resources Canada. It is designed to offer Canadians with digital geospatial data free with limited restrictions. So far this year Natural Resources Canada has released over 350 updated or new topographic map sheets and made them available to the public in what they refer to as the CanTopo series via the GeoGratis web site [geogratis.gc.ca].Canadian topographic maps index key

CanTopo is considered the next generation of topographic map sheets that provides quality spatial information that fully complies with international geomatic standards. The digital maps are considered multipurpose because they can be utilized for a wide range of uses from many different organizations and individuals. Georeferenced versions can also be used with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and other digital geographic data sets with various software packages such as Google Earth, ArcMap or Global Mapper. You can also simply print them and use them the way they are, as regular NTS paper maps, just like most of done for years.

The spatial reference system CanTopo data is Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) referenced to the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) in the Canadian Spatial Reference System (NAD83CSRS). A Downloadable file formats include PDF, GeoPDF, TIFF, and GeoTIFF. For more information on these digital products you can refer to the official product specification sheet.

sample CanTopo digital map for NewGlasgow Nova Scotia

Some of the new maps released this year include ones covering parts of our Canadian northern regions that were previously unmapped at a 1:50k map scales, and also several map updates for areas in Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Here is a short list of some of the new topographic maps available on GeoGratis.

sample CanTopo digital map series

They have the digital files available via ftp [ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/cantopo/] if you know the map code for the map sheet you are looking for or you can also go to the CanTopo search tool to search for the map codes and regions that are available (More CanTopo map sheets are scheduled to be published quarterly) to start searching and downloading maps for your own use.

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Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Location: Toronto, Ontario
GIS Programs:  Fundamentals of GIS Certificate

The Fundamentals of GIS Certificate program from Humber College is designed for every day practitioners such as office managers, technical professionals, and or support staff responsible for managing and using GIS data sets.Humber College Online GIS Certificate

It has been designed to appeal to many people from various disciplines such as urban planning, transportation, engineering, natural resources and business industries. 

The program is delivered via online format only so students can be located virtually anywhere in Canada and still upgrade their GIS skills while maintaining an everyday job.

 

Contact Info

205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 5L7

ceappliedtech@humber.ca (416) 675-5094


See the Course Web Site for more details.


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

 

Town of Banff Online Maps and Apps

As many of you already know or perhaps may have recently discovered, CanadianGIS.com has been high-lighting places in Canada that have an online web mapping site or application in order to help better provide information to their residents.

Town of Banff

Now this month the Town of Banff is featured as they too have now joined the spatial ranks of several other Cities and Municipalities in Canada with the launch of their own online mapping site (Simply check out the Web Maps category link or the site search tools along the right side to find many other great Canadian Online Map sites featured).

Their new Maps and Apps website created by the Town of Banff GIS and IT departments now provides free public access to maps and geospatial applications that help the Town of Banff provide better services and connect with it’s own citizens in a new way.

Through pre-made web served maps created from a collection of over 200 different layers of geographic information, people can find local services, learn more about projects, explore regions of Banff or create their own maps. The various geospatial applications also provide a new way to allow citizens to get more involved by providing them with interactive tools, such as better ways to report street light outages or problems with transportation.

Using Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program and ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS solution, the Town of Banff has been able to serve detailed accurate base maps, provide several pre-made maps and value added applications. This mapping solution has allowed them to efficiently produce more than 25 free maps and applications (online, mobile & PDF) such as the Bike Banff mobile app or the interactive Heritage Walking Tour application. The pre-made free maps and applications make it easier for residents and visitors to quickly find the information they need to help make better decisions.

 

Town of Banff Online Maps

 

 The maps and apps are organized around city services and the information you need to do business with the Town of Banff on a daily basis. You’ll find maps and apps provided by the Town’s departments of Corporate Services, Engineering, Operations, Planning, and Community Services.The site will also highlight innovators and innovations that demonstrate a more collaborative and open government.

The various maps and apps available on BanffMaps.ca are supported by the following browsers: Firefox 3.5+, Chrome 4+, Internet Explorer 7+, and Apple Safari 3+.

If you have an application that is not listed in the Maps and Apps gallery or can think of a great idea of one using Town of Banff data, then they have a section on the site where you can submit your map or application.

Town of Banff are also further exploring their mapping capabilities by planning to deploy several staff with iPhone smartphone devices, providing them with the ability to access and update GIS data from outside the office. This could provide value added management where staff can track snow-plow locations, report accidents and traffic congestion as well as many other time sensitive tasks.

Now while this site may not be as robust or great as some other online map applications that I have covered, it still is a pretty easy to use mapping site with plenty of  free maps and applications making it easier for residents and visitors to quickly find the information they need to help make better decisions. So keep an eye on this site as it will no doubt grow much larger as more people discover it and get involved.

If you know of an online web mapping site that should be included in the CanadianGIS.com collection of Canadian Online Map Sites then I encourage you to contact me.

Languages of Universities Interactive Map

These days, people are starting to make the Internet their primary source of everyday information and more people are becoming aware of how valuable spatial data and maps can be, as a result there have been more webs sites containing interactive web mapping applications appearing. And as you can see from some of the many great mapping applications covered by CanadianGIS.com in the web mapping section, some of them can be pretty robust applications containing a wide variety of data sets and customization possibilities while others can still be relative simple mapping applications while still providing added value.

Perhaps a good example of a relative simple mapping application that is well done and does a good job of combing spatial and basic information is one I recently came across on the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages web site.

Map - University Language Programs in Canada

Here they use an online interactive map to demonstrate where the various English, French and Bilingual universities across Canada are located while providing basic information about each. The map allows its users to select predefined maps either by clicking on the map directly or by using the pull down selection box that returns either a list of possible schools or an exact school. Of witch when clicked provides a more detailed map and then information about the language skills provided at that institute.

Canadian Maple Leaf - half

Here, we see no extra tool bars, printing functionality or user customization provided, just the basic information about the intended language topics and then a link to the domain of the University where someone can find more detailed information about that particular University featured on the map. And although maybe not that impressive to a cartographer or a geomatics person, sometimes that is all that is needed with a simple mapping application.


Here is the link
to check out the mapping application for your self:

http://www.ocol-clo.gc.ca/twolanguages_deuxlangues/index_e#

CanadianGIS.com has been exploring the web and exposing some of the many great online web mapping applications for the past year covering various regions and topics in Canada, if you know of one that has been missed or not listed on the site yet then let me know. I will take a look at it and then consider adding it the site for CanadianGIS.com viewers to learn more about and share with their networks.