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Recently  we incorporated the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website (GISjobs.ca) together with our Canadian GIS and Geomatics Resources site. After more than 10 years of running the sites, we felt that it was time that we brought everything together under one brand.

Now Canadian job seekers can search CanadianGIS.com for recent Canadian GIS and geomatics related jobs with the GIS jobs search tool and employers can post Canadian GIS job opportunities using the GIS job posting form.

We will continue to  provide value to employers who use our job posting service by promoting their job opportunities using our various expanding networking channels and social media accounts.

the Story behind GISjobs.ca

The original Canadian GIS jobs site started back in 2003 while I was completing my Applied Geomatics Research graduate diploma at COGS. At the time I was like most students perusing my next career move, however this time around, was a mature student with several years of experience under my belt and had already gone through the job hunting process several times.  Therefore, I was no longer at the stage where I applied for every GIS related job I could find and instead focused more on the jobs I was really interested in.

While at COGS I often received many job postings through my various networking channels and contacts I had established over the years, which I would often forward along to colleagues that I knew were also looking for geomatics related work.

what the GISjobs.ca web site looked like back in 2005At that time, there were several good GIS job related websites available on the Internet but none of them were dedicated to Canadian jobs, so it was usually a challenge to find GIS jobs, if you were looking to work in GIS and also stay here in Canada. There were plenty of jobs available but you had to work hard to find them and often know where to look and who to contact.

Therefore I decided to include a small section on my personal web site (that I was using to show case my geomatics skills) where I would post some of the jobs that were sent to me to help others who were having trouble finding Canadian GIS related jobs. This made it easier for me and helped ensure I didn’t miss anybody when I was forwarding emails with job opportunities.

I eventually stopped posting GIS jobs after I graduated and secured full time work at PCI, however people would still email me job opportunities and often various colleagues would also still email me to see if I knew of any good jobs.  GISjobs.ca - 2012 site

I then decided to start up the small GIS related jobs section again but this time would make it a completely new site with functionality that would employers to post jobs, providing job seekers with a place to find Canadian related jobs.

The look and functionality of the site often changed over the years but the focus always remained the same, provide a place on the web where job seekers and employers could come together to share GIS job opportunities available in Canada.

Now 13 years later, I am still getting job opportunities come my way and the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website continues to provide Canadians with a place to find GIS and geomatics related jobs here in Canada.

 

New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

Geomatics-Institute-at-FlemingFleming College graduates now have the option of completing a master’s degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – the first pathway of its kind for the college.

VIU and Fleming have signed an agreement that allows eligible graduates of Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to enter the second year of VIU’s Master of GIS Applications program (MGISA).

“This agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming College. Vancouver Island University has acknowledged our 10-month program as equivalent to one year at the master’s degree level,” said Linda Skilton, Principal of Fleming’s Frost Campus and Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. “This pathway is extremely attractive to students as it reduces the time required to complete a graduate degree by one year. We believe this will pave the way for other universities to consider pursuing similar agreements with colleges.”

New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

his agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming CollegeFleming’s GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are 10-month graduate certificate programs within Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

Both programs offer in-class or online delivery options. GIS students who attend Fleming come from all over Ontario and across Canada and have typically completed a four-year honours degree before pursuing graduate studies at the college.

Fleming was the first college in Ontario to offer GIS training more than 20 years ago. Its leadership in the field has been recognized by industry, government and business through their support in establishing the Geomatics Institute at Fleming. These partnerships provide students access to the latest computer hardware, software, data resources and field technology used in the industry as well as unprecedented learning and employment opportunities.

“As the GIS industry grows its base and its software becomes more technical, so too does the requirements in academic research. Through applied learning, those graduating Fleming will have a deep understanding of the GIS data and toolset,” said Shawn Morgan, Coordinator of Fleming’s GIS programs. “The VIU-Fleming agreement gives students an opportunity to fast track into the research portion of their master’s with that unique combination of skills, learned from a unique combination of academic and industry professionals.”

Logo-Vancouver-Island-universityVIU’s Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications (MGISA) is a two-year program divided into two stages. Stage 1, which Fleming students would be able to bypass under this new agreement, focuses on technical skills, while Stage 2 is the self-directed research portion and advanced technical training.

Both stages are available in a fully online or blended format. MGISA graduates can apply for positions other GIS students are not qualified for, such as senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager positions, as well as research positions at universities and in the industry. Their starting incomes are likely to be higher than students who do not hold a master’s degree.

“In many government career tracks in particular, a master’s degree is often a requirement to qualify for more senior positions, and the MGISA program is therefore attracting students who already have a GIS position but are seeking to move up in their careers,” said Dr. Paul Zandbergen, MGISA Program Coordinator and Professor in the GIS Program. “VIU is excited about the agreement with Fleming’s GIS program since it increases the pool of potential applicants and promotes the program to students in Eastern Canada, who may not have previously looked at VIU for their graduate education.”

Fleming expects 10-15 GIS graduates – out of a total of about 60 – to apply for the competitive MGISA program. Click here for more information on the GIS programs at Fleming College, and click here for more details on VIU’s MGISA program.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.

About Vancouver Island University
Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers programs that include graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational programs and trades, as well as access programs. There are campuses in Nanaimo, Duncan and Powell River and a centre in Parksville-Qualicum. With roots that date back to 1936, today VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population of 18,000 learners, including 1,800 international students and approximately 2,000 Indigenous students.


Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Do you have a passion for geographic education and recognize the importance of understanding maps, GIS and spatial thinking? Then you should consider becoming a GIS Ambassador

“Spatial thinking involves understanding the relationships between objects based on location and learning the importance of answering the question “where” to understand “why” things occur. GIS technology helps develop spatial thinking by enabling people to visualize information as maps and see patterns and trends from within the data. To help bring spatial skills to children in K-12 schools across Canada, Esri Canada invites professional GIS users, educators and university and college students to volunteer their skills and knowledge through the Program.” [Esri Canada]

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS AmbassadorEsri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors (including Esri Canada staff, university & college students, geospatial professionals and many more) – see the map below …

Who can become a GIS Ambassador?

Anyone who recognizes the significance of geography and has an interest in helping young people can join. As a GIS Ambassador you volunteer to work with a school, classroom or a club / organization and provide support that can help educators and youth develop geographic thinking skills.

The program is always looking for new people, so consider volunteering some of your time to help engage the next generation of GIS specialists allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. For more details visit http://esri.ca/en/content/gis-ambassador-program or contact k12@esri.ca

Get involved in your community by supporting schools and local youth groups as they explore their world using GIS.

Spatial Manager™ Version 3 Released

Spatial Manager™ Version 3 ReleasedSpatial Manager™ Version 3 Released

A new version 3.0 of Spatial Manager™ has been released. It comes full of interesting innovations and all the users will enjoy the best Spatial Manager™ applications suite published so far.

Try it for free or update your existing software applications.

Powerful and Easy to use Background Maps

If you are an AutoCAD (v.2008 – v.2017) or BricsCAD (v.13 – v.16) user, you can now choose from among many different backgrounds maps from many providers such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, etc. Backgrounds maps will enhance drawing quality and allow users to compare and check better data.

Data Structure Management and Direct Data Edition

Design and edit the Structure that will be used to store the data attached to the objects. Manage the Tables and the Fields according to your needs. You will also find new Tools available to Attach, Detach and Select data. The data attached to the objects (EEDs/XDATA) is no longer read-only data.

Labeling objects while importing

You can now Label the Point features or the Centroids while importing from files or spatial tables into the drawing. Text label properties taken from fields

New GML data provider. UK Ordnance Survey data compatibility

The GML data provider has been added to the extensive list of the Spatial Manager™ data providers. You can now read GML, GZ and XML files. Good news for the UK users who can now Access the great Ordnance Survey MasterMap spatial data information

· And…

Importing news

  • Spatial filter to import only the objects in the current view (2)
  • Elevation parameter applied to all objects (Points, Blocks, etc.) (2)
  • Block names can be selected according the value of a field (2)
  • The Centroids are now placed in front of the Polygons fills
  • New rotation units in the Block parameters (2)
  • Non-numeric fields are now valid Parameters for Blocks, Elevations or Thickness (2)
  • OpenStreetMap lets you now choose the fields to read
  • SQL Server parameter to select the syntax for new date fields
  • WFS spatial boundaries when importing
  • New ‘Create shortcut from path’ allows you define Shortcuts for network addresses
  • Random colors for new Layers have been enhanced
  • New image formats for user symbols (PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP) (1)

Performance and compatibility news

  • Drawing the objects once imported is almost instantaneous (2)
  • Remarkable speed-up when reading geometries
  • Centroids calculation methods improved
  • Blocks properties (Name and Attribute values) are shown in the application Palette
  • Exporting to KML or KMZ files performance has been significantly improved
  • Application loading times reduced
  • Trial version less restrictive: 75% of the objects are processed anyway
  • AutoCAD 2017 compatibility (and many other Autodesk 2017 products) (3)
  • BricsCAD 16 compatibility (4)
  • Windows 10 compatible
    (1) Desktop only
    (2) AutoCAD and BricsCAD only
    (3) AutoCAD only
    (4) BricsCAD only

Note: some functions are available on the “Standard” and/or “Professional” editions only

Web http://www.spatialmanager.com

 

Grass GIS Software

Grass GIS Software

Grass GIS Software


GRASS GIS
, commonly referred to as Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, is an open source GIS software that is commonly used for geospatial data analysis, data management, image processing, cartography, spatial modeling, and data visualization. It was originally was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Foundation.

Grass GIS SoftwareGRASS GIS contains over 350 modules to render maps and images on monitor and paper; manipulate raster, and vector data including vector networks; process multispectral image data; and create, manage, and store spatial data.

It offers both an intuitive graphical user interface as well as command line syntax for ease of operations. It can interface with printers, plotters, digitizers, and databases to develop new data as well as manage existing data.

The latest  stable version available is version 7.  GRASS GIS v7 provides support for large data , has an improved topological vector engine and improved vector network analysis tools. Click here to download it for yourself and give it a try.

 

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.

Canadian GIS Education Programs Map

Are you looking for GIS education programs in Canada? Check out some of these College and Universities across Canada that are offering GIS programs or Geography programs with GIS disciplines. You can reveal the schools contact info by clicking on any of the points. A small window will open up, click the small right arrow in the window to reveal the info (clicking the down arrow will bring you back to the map).


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The Amazing MapMan coloring book

The Amazing Map Man coloring book

To help encourage kids to get more involved in GIS Day, Esri has provided a free digital coloring book featuring The Amazing MapMan. He shows kids, teens, and adults how GIS can be used to save the day.

Download your free digital copy of the Amazing MapMan today …

 

[originally published: Sept 2015]

Advancing Geographic Information Science

Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty years

Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty yearsLast summer (2015) marked the 25th anniversary of first International Early Career Scholars Summer Institute in Geographic Information. In celebration of the success of those institutes, scholars were invited to submit papers that would become part of a new 30 chapter digital e-book published by the GSDI Association Press.

Advancing Geographic Information Science, edited by H. Onsrud and W. Kuhn is the result of several invited and solicited submissions on Advancing Geographic Information Science. The main theme ‘Past and Next Twenty Years’ was chosen to help review the research challenges experienced over the past twenty years while discussing  some of challenges that will emerge during the next twenty.

Some of the technical influences on GIScience described in the book include databases, open source software, spatial data, GPS, web mapping services, mobile computing, crowdsourced data, and many other GIS related topics.

If you are concerned about data and many of the other issues surrounding GIS in the geospatial community, including ‘where the field has been‘ and ‘where the field is headed‘, then downloading and reading this book will be well worth your time. It can be ordered in print or downloaded digitally for free

https://spatial.umaine.edu/files/2016/02/AdvancingGIScience.pdf


East Hants Open Data

East Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada is a vibrant municipality between Metro Halifax and the Bay of Fundy. East Hants uses GIS technology in all their departments, from sewer, water, and road projects, to regional planning, taxation, and municipal elections. Recently they developed an online portal (Interactive East Hants) to help Nova Scotian’s explore their growing Municipality’s geospatial data sets.

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