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Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping CompetitionAre you a University or College student passionate about mapping? Then you will want to participate in the 2015-16 Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition. Chances are you have already made some great maps for your projects or course work, so why not submit a copy to the CCA Student Mapping Competition and get recognized for creating your spatial master piece while earning some cash at the same time.

CCA President’s Prize

The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The year’s President’s Prize Competition will consist of two prizes of $250, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the thematic map category:

A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).

The cartographic project will consist of a single map. There are no restrictions on size but the project must have been completed and produced during the school year preceding the competition. Cartographic projects will consist of a map or a map series forming a coherent whole and may be submitted in any finished form (on paper or other medium). Entries submitted in electronic media, whether GIS or internet mapping applications, should not require specialized software for viewing.

Each entry must be accompanied by a clCanadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competitionear and succinct statement of design objectives that will weigh heavily in the judges’ decision. In addition, entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and overall effectiveness in communication as well as excellence in compilation, design, and layout. Students must be enrolled at a Canadian University or College to be eligible to submit their maps made in the 2014/15 academic year. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.

Carto-Québec Prize

The Carto-Quebec prize is a special annual competition for the best student-authored cartographic product created in French. Theaward has been established through a gift from the former Association Carto-Québec to promote and recognize excellence in map design.

The competition is open to all post-secondary students in Canada who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The Carto-Québec Prize will consist of two awards of $500, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students. The Carto-Quebec prize must be in French. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.

Carte soumissions pour ce concours suivent les mêmes lignes directrices que le Prix du Président, mais sont nécessaire pour être en français. Remarque: Pour les deux concours, tous les étudiants inscrits dans une université ou un collège canadien sont admissibles à soumettre leurs cartes faites dans l’année scolaire 2014/15. Date limite de soumission est le 20 mai 2016.

Download the Student Mapping Competition entry form here 

Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

[last updated Aug 2014]

After a much debated and detailed discussion on LinkedIn it was determined that many people are not aware of all the Professional Geomatics Associations that are available in Canada nor witch ones they should become part of (especially since some cost money and most can not afford to join them all).

Professional Geomatics Associations & Related Organizations in Canada

Therefore I started this new section on the web site to cover some of the organizations that I am either a member of or know about. The plan will be to cover at least one of these professional geomatics associations in more detail every month. ( if you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know. )

Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry.

Here is my current list of professional geomatics related organizations in Canada with links to their web sites and then links to more in depth coverage about each one as they are added monthly to the web site [you also use the groups category listing or search tools to find more information on these].

Hopefully this section of the web site will help people discover /join more professional organizations and / or locate local user groups.

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations in Canada

CAG – Canadian Association of Geographers http://www.cag-acg.ca

CIG – Canadian Institute of Geomatics http://www.cig-acsg.ca

CRSS – Canadian Remote Sensing Society – http://www.casi.ca/cdn-remote-sensing-society currently part of CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) but in the process of breaking off on their own
CRSS Ottawa Chapter http://www.casi.ca/ottawa-crss

CCA – The Canadian Cartographic Association http://www.cca-acc.org

GANS – The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia http://gans.ca – Read more information about GANS

CGU – Canadian Geophysical Union, Geodesy Section http://people.ucalgary.ca/~geodesy/

NACIS – North American Cartographic Information Society http://nacis.org

MGUG… – Manitoba Geomatics User Group http://www.mgug.ca

AGG – Alberta Geomatics Group http://www.albertageomaticsgroup.ca

OARS – Ontario Remote Sensing Society http://www.oars.on.ca/

GIAC – Geomatics Industry Association of Canada http://www.giac.ca (More for companies and corporations, then individuals)

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) – Alberta Chapter – GITA is a nonprofit educational association

PSC – Professional Surveyors Canada http://www.psc-gpc.ca

ACLS – Association of Canada Lands Surveyors http://www.acls-aatc.ca

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations not in Canada but related or associated with the Canadian Geomatics Industry

URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association http://www.urisa.org

GITA – Geospatial Information & Technology Association https://www.gita.org

  • GITA Alberta Chapter

ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing http://www.asprs.org

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) – http://www.cartogis.org/ mostly American based

SCGIS – Society for Conservation GIS http://www.scgis.org/ mostly US based

Geomatics Professional Networking Groups

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Group – http://GeomaticsGroup.ca online networking with other Canadians in Geomatics (over 1900 members)

GoGeomatics – provides several free regional chapters that at pubs monthly – GoGeomatics.ca

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group – http://www.meetup.com/GeoGeeks-FV/ – Read more about GeoGeeks

Vancouver GIS Users Group – http://www.vancouverGIS.org

[originally published July 2010]

If you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know.

 

CARTO 2013 – North by West ‘Preserving the Present as we Journey to the Future’

Event: CARTO 2013 – North by West ‘Preserving the Present as we Journey to the Future’
Date: 
Tuesday June 11 – Friday June 14, 2013
Location: 
Edmonton, Alberta
Venue: 
University of Alberta

CARTO 2013

CARTO 2013 - Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) have joined forces this year for a joint conference in Edmonton hosted by the University of Alberta from 11 to 14 June 2013. Past joint conferences held by the ACMLA & CCA have been premier events that focused on cartographic and geospatial research and CARTO 2013 promises to uphold the same prestige as past conferences.

Planning for CARTO 2013 titled North by West ‘Preserving the Present as we Journey to the Future’ has begun and an official call for papers, presentations and workshops based on a wide range of cartographic topics was released last week.

CARTO 2013 - Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA)People wishing to present papers, organize special sessions or joint sessions with ACMLA/CCA or workshops should contact the programmer committee by March 15, 2013 with digital abstracts of 250 words or less in either English or French to programme@acmla.org Papers based on original research on any of the requested cartographic topics will be considered (see PDF attachment with more details).

A CARTO 2013 conference website with more details about the event and details on how how to register for CARTO 2013: http://blogs.library.ualberta.ca/carto2013/

Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA)