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St. John’s Declaration (Help Improve Geographic Literacy in Canada)

Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.

“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”

Historic Bird’s Eye Views of several Canadian Cities

historic aerial image  of Halifax

Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.

Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site

historic aerial image  of Ottawa 1893

 

Calgary, Alberta [1910] Dawson City [1903] Halifax, Nova Scotia [1879] Hamilton, Ontario [1894] London, Ontario [1872] Montréal, Québec [1889] Ottawa, Ontario [1876] Ottawa, Ontario [1893] Québec City, Québec [1905] St. John’s, Newfoundland [1879] Toronto, Ontario [1876] Vancouver, British Columbia [1898] Waterloo, Ontario [189?] Winnipeg, Manitoba [1881]

Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.

 

[image source: acmla.org]

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.