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Geomatics Atlantic Oceans of Data

The theme this year is Geomatics Atlantic: Oceans of Data which will be the biggest cross-sector oceans conference in Atlantic Canada, capitalizing on the current energy and investment in the ocean sector.

3D Data Workshop and COGS Industry Expo

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) Nova Scotia Chapter would like to invite you to a workshop on 3D Data mapping that will be of interest to industry, non-profit groups, associations, academia and all levels of government.

It will take place at Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown. COGS is Canada’s largest geomatics-focused learning environment offering high-quality geographic information programs in the fields of GIS, surveying, remote sensing, mapping and land-use planning.

The final day will include the Annual COGS Industry Expo 2018
Read more at https://canadiangis.com/?p=16448#LFmKGSQiMwWdD6zy.99

Geomatics Atlantic 2017 “Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Geomatics”

This years event is being hosted by CIG-NL (Canadian Institute of Geomatics Newfoundland Branch) and will be held in historic downtown St.Johns Newfoundland and feature 150 years of geomatics in Canada …

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.

Online Digital Atlas: A Shared Vision

Online Digital Atlas: A Shared Vision

Online Digital Atlas - the ArcGIS book

Every year, a small team of Esri staff travels to COGS to recruit new talent. As part of the interview process, they provide a demonstration of the lattest ArcGIS functionality. Arriving returning home from Haida Gwaii in February, I was interested to check out some of the new developments, especially since I had been far removed from the detailed GIS functionality for several years.

This helped led to a re-connection with Clint Brown from Esri (Redlands), and a copy of Esri’s new book, ‘the ArcGIS Book. What struck me from the ArcGIS demonstration was that the new software tools seem to allow for closer collaboration between community groups, government agencies, educational institutions and industry. These tools include the ability to manage different layers, with different access rights, stored either on the server or in the cloud.

Geography is Key for Integrating Communities

While reading the ArcGIS Book, I noticed that the last of the ten ‘Big Ideas’ was that ‘GIS is social. GIS is collaborative’ and that ‘Geography is key for integrating work across communities’. Therefore, it seems that the time is right to test the ‘collaborative‘ hypothesis. Coincidentally, the Nova Scotia Provincial Government was announcing their new open data policy and created a new online open data site providing the geospatial community with free access to base maps and data sets featuring Nova Scotia. Also by chance the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) has been recently working on a concept for an online digital atlas (Digital Atlas of Nova Scotia – DANS).

An online digital atlas would allow the geospatial community to have the tools to develop web and mobile apps that accesses a combination of their own databases combined with maps and spatial data from other agencies and organizations. Each data layer (or map) from the digital online atlas would have various terms and conditions for sharing information.  Some layers would be read only while other layers would be able to be updated by the geospatial community under certain conditions.

The significant role proposed by GANS to obtain the technology resources to support apps and associated maps will help them remain sustainable into the future. However, this is only one pillar of the shared vision.

What is the next step in the process, as we move forward?

Online Digital Atlas - map of Haida Gwaii

Community groups must have the resources to develop their applications. We need the next generation of application developers. Through training, mentoring and curriculum changes in our educational institutions, we can address this shortcoming. 

On Haida Gwaii, John Broadhead at the Gowgaia Institute has talked about the need for an online atlas of the natural and cultural resources. 

GANS is promoting a similar concept here in Nova Scotia. At the community level, groups appreciate the need for application development to meet the needs of citizens, visitors, as well as the municipal government. This follows five years after the work by Paul Beach in Sault Ste Marie. He championed the concept of a ‘community information utility’, today, the tools are readily available, in a more collaborative world.

We can imagine a nested set of geographies. The Annapolis Valley lies within the region of Southwest Nova, within the province of Nova Scotia. Each region recognizes its geographic context. The same approach can be applied to Cape Breton, the South shore. Indeed, it could be part of the standard infrastructure for existing Regional Enterprise Network (REN) and could be linked to existing products e.g. i-valley.ca

What are the steps to turn this ‘Idea‘  into ‘Action‘ ?

  1. determine the extent of the geography
  2. Online Digital Atlasobtain digital base maps at the appropriate scale
  3. decide on the community mapping need:
    – historic properties
    – trails
    – land use
    – tourism facilities
  4. design the ‘look and feel’ of the user interface
  5. determine whether web/mobile app. or both
  6. hire application developer
  7. prototype application
  8. testing
  9. marketing and sales
  10. product release

Why now?

The technology has matured so that a properly monitored portal can serve up the different data sets, and yet meet the security needs of the data providers. There is recognition that to successfully apply these technologies we need more collaboration.

The need to visualize the geography of rural Nova Scotia is important to economic development. The skills and products developed through this process are transferable to other geographies, applications and markets

Access to a digital atlas is a prerequisite for groups to develop apps. that meet the local needs of citizens. Whether the underlying technology is Esri, Google, Open Source or a combination, we are seeing a shared vision of digital geography.

References

About the author

Bob Maher is a Geographer, living in Paradise, Nova Scotia. In the 1980’s he designed, developed and delivered a number of intensive computer programming programs at COGS. In 2000, he returned as Senior Research Scientist at the Applied Geomatics Research Group until his retirement in 2011. He has worked closely with the Geomatics industry for over thirty years.

Scenic Cape Split captured with a UAV

Stunning High Resolution Aerial Footage of Cape Split

Stunning High Resolution Aerial Footage of Cape SplitCape Split is a scenic headland located on the Bay of Fundy in Kings County. The 8 km Cape Split trail offers hikers one of Nova Scotia’s most famous coastal views.

Here is a video with some stunning high resolution aerial footage of Cape Split captured with a UAV.

[source: Jason Churchyvr CandianGEO.info/CapeSplit-drone-video]

 

GIS and Geomatics Jobs on LinkedIn

For years now LinkedIn has proven to be a powerful online career tool that people have been including in their job hunting arsenal of tools. Besides some the more obvious features that it provides (such as online portfolios, resumes available 24/7, job postings and recruiters) it has allowed people to network with others in the same industry much easier, often connecting with people well beyond their geographic regions.

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics group  for example has grown to over 2000 members in the past year, and contains a wide range of active geomatics people from Newfoundland to British Columbia who have a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experience (GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, LIDAR, Surveying etc.).

Geomatics Atlantic 2012 – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Event: Geomatics Atlantic 2012 “Celebrating 25 Years of Bringing together Spatial Leaders”
Date: June 12th – 14th, 2012
Location: Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Registration:  see the registration page

Geomatics Atlantic Oceans of Data

Description:

Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Geomatics Atlantic June 12th thru the 14th.

This years event is being hosted by GANS (Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia) and will be held at the Sobey Building at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. The conference is intended to represent the past 25 years of successful geomatics in Atlantic Canada while still concentrating on the wide range of current hot topics such as “climate change, social media, geomatics in education, and infrastructure”

More details about the event will be added as it becomes available or you can get more information and registration information from the conference GeomaticsAtlantic.com

Note: the Call for papers deadline for presentation and posters is March 23, 2012

 

Update:

With Geomatics Atlantic 2012 less then two weeks away, things are starting to fall into place, Speakers have been arranged, Program has been finalized, and all activities have been scheduled. In recognition of COGS turning 25, they are planning a celebration on the evening of June 13th during Geomatics Atlantic, with speakers, food, and entertainment. For more details see http://lanyrd.com/2012/geomaticsatlantic2012/srytx/

If you are a COGS student or alumni then they want you to show your support by helping GANS map out where COGS grads are now – see http://www.gans.ca/cogsgradmap