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).
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.
[originally published: Sept 2015]
Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty years
Last 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
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.
GIS Conferences and Events in Canada
[page last updated March 2016]
Attending professional GIS conferences or geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector.
Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.
Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).
We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.
Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars. If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.
[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]
2016 GIS Conference and Events
- February 2 – 3 (London, Ontario) –Turning Precision Agriculture Potential into Profit
- February 4 (Ottawa, Ontario) –PCI Geomatics User Group Meeting
- February 17 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – MGUG 2016 Winter Workshop and AGM
- February 24 (London, Ontario) – AOLS AGM
- May 4 (Mississauga, Ontario) – URISA Ontario’s BeSpatial 2016
- May 4 to 6 (Edmonton, Alberta) – ACLS Surveyors Conference & AGM Gateway North: Traversing the currents
- May 4 to 6 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – CAG 2016 AGM
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Cartographic Association Conference
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
- October 19 – 20 (Montreal, Quebec) – Géomatique 2016
- October 31 – November 3 (Toronto, Ontario) – GIS-Pro 2016 URISA’s 54th Annual Conference
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Past GIS Conference and Events
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The GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook is a well written step-by-step guide with easy to understand directions and tutorials. Book 2 from the Esri Guide to GIS Analysis series, allows users to build upon GIS concepts by exploring spatial analysis methods, including location analysis, geographic distribution, pattern analysis and much more.
Because an unknown GIS file format can be every GIS analysts worst nightmare.
In a GIS career, a person will encounter a wide range of GIS formats. GIS technicians manage, share and create data in various geospatial data formats. Here is the Ultimate List of GIS Formats & Geospatial File Extensions, some are common while some are not so common.
2015 GIS in Education and Research Conference
The Second edition of the GIS in Education and Research Conference, organized by Esri Canada in partnership with the University of Toronto was held at Hart House last Monday ( November 30, 2015). The venue of the conference: Hart House has a unique distinction of being one of the earliest collegiate Gothic Style student center’s which opened to public on Remembrance Day in 1919.
The GIS in Education and Research Conference was primarily aimed at sharing the research findings from all areas of GIS applications while fostering networking among students, professors and teachers from universities, colleges, and schools all across Canada.
The Conference started with the welcome address by Dr. Brent Hall, Director Education and Research with Esri Canada, followed by a plenary address from Professor Emeritus Michael Goodchild, who presented in detail the challenges of Big Data: Volume, Velocity & Variety.
This was followed by a combination of concurrent paper sessions from 10:30-12:15 on research by professors and students on four themes
Following a Lunch break (12:15- 13:15) there were three concurrent sessions (13:15-14:45) on
- Agricultural Applications
- Applications in Ecology
- Health and Retail
Following a Break (14:45 – 15:15) there were three concurrent sessions (15:15-16:45)
There were three technical workshops conducted by Esri Canada staff which were received with great enthusiasm by the participants and were wait-listed much before the conference started.
- Story Telling with Maps by Jean Tong, Angela Alexander, Hayleigh Conway.
- Integrating R with ArcGIS by Cam Plouffe.
- Building Custom Web Apps with ArcGIS by Krista Amolins, Dr.Michael Leahy, Jonathan.
At the exhibitors section there were exhibitor booths by Esri Canada, represented by Jean Tong, Angela and Hayleigh from Education and Research group who showcased the GIS Ambassador Program of Esri Canada. URISA Ontario was represented by Caitlin Blundell who was briefing the visitors about URISA Ontario and their various activities including their Student Membership and Bursary. Other notable exhibitors included Geospatial Niagara and Fleming College.
Overall the conference proved to be very valuable to all participants, providing great opportunity to network and learn more about research being carried out by geospatial educated people who drive the Geomatics Sector in Canada.
— Hari Shankar Reddy Y (@HARIGISP) November 30, 2015
Contributing Author: Hari Shankar Reddy Yeruva, GISP is a Technology Evangelist on a mission to engage with the Professionals, Educators and Students and drive excitement around Geospatial Platforms. As an Evangelist he explores every possible opportunity to reach and inspire technical audiences to successfully discover, understand, deploy and operate the core and unique Geospatial technologies within their chosen domains. He believes in the concept of “desperately learning” and that learning is imperative if we want to solve some of the challenges our world is facing.
— Jonathan Van Dusen (@jevandusen) November 30, 2015
— Patrick DeLuca (@McMasterGIS) November 30, 2015
— Rebecca Bartlett (@bec_bart) November 30, 2015
Looking for Ontario Topographic Data?
Recently, someone contacted me looking for information on where they could find Ontario topographic data for the Thunder Bay area, so I assumed that they must have already checked the Canadian data page and suggested that they check out the Ontario Basic Mapping website (OBM).
The Ontario Basic Mapping (OBM) site by the Geography Network is a great online resource with simplistic interactive interface that provides users tools to create customized map views and the ability to download various topographic base mapping data for the entire Province of Ontario. The site contains GIS layers created from 1:10,000 base maps from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that people can download including layers for transportation, water, municipal, elevation, parks and conservation areas. The portal created with ArcIMS makes it pretty easy to use and a convenient way to obtain mapping data in a variety of formats for virtually any area of interest in Ontario.
However, that person replied back to me a few days latter telling me that the site was only an online web map viewer and they needed actual data to use in a GIS, and wanted to know if I had any other sources of mapping information for Northern Ontario.
Now, I thought that the e-mail was a little strange since I have used data from the Ontario Basic Mapping web site before while planning various aerial surveys in Northern Ontario, so I decided to go check out the web site to see if the downloading data feature that I had used had been removed. Turns out the site is still the same, it can be used as an online web map viewer to customize and print maps but the downloading option still exists providing the ability to download the map layers in the viewer to use with your own GIS software packages like ArcMap or MapInfo.
It seems like a pretty simple mapping application to me but maybe it is not as obvious as some people need it to be, so I decided to share some of the notes on downloading topographic base data from the OBM site that I provided to them, in case others have trouble figuring how to download the data as well (And summarized in the video at the bottom).
The OBM site is an ArcIMS site with a simplistic look and an interactive interface that provides users with tools to create customized map views and the ability to download the various topographic base mapping data in the map window. If you are not interested in downloading GIS layers but still want to make some maps then like most typical map viewers, they also provide printing options where you can create either paper or digital PDF maps.
When you first open the viewer you are zoomed out to the full extent of the province with mapping tools represented by icons on your left and accessible data layers on the right hand side. Using the AOI icon, you first need to define an area of interest that will zoom the map window into your specific area, populating the map window with more detailed GIS layers and features.
From the list on the right hand side, you then select the visible layers that you wish to download. Next using the FME icon from the tools on the left hand side, a window will open up prompting you to log-in, create a free user name and password (or enter your existing log-in) and then a download options window will appear.
You then need to click a check box to agree with the license terms and click the Download Data button to continue. Finally another window with instructions for acquiring the data in a variety of formats (e.g. SHP, DWG, DXF etc.) and in either Latitude / Longitude or Lambert Conformal Conic coordinate system. Then there will be one final window with a message telling to check your e-mail for a message.
You will then get a machine-generated e-mail from the Geography Network with a custom download link with the Ontario topographic data layers that you specified for your area of interest that you defined. And that is all there is to it, so if you are looking for Ontario topographic GIS data layers to download or just want want to create online maps then the Ontario Basic Mapping (OBM) site could help you out.
If you know of other Ontario data sources that I have not yet added to the Canadian data collections then let me know about it and I will add it to the site.
The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World
ArcGIS Book – ArcGIS, a popular geospatial software from Esri is an integrated set of mapping and GIS analysis tools available on desktop, server, mobile, and online. The latest book from the Esri Press series is a comprehensive hands on guide dedicated to the popular ArcGIS software. It is a detailed compilation containing new ideas, detailed instructions, large colorful graphics, photos and plenty of diagrams.
There are two versions of the book available, a hard copy paper version and a digital PDF version that offers interaction with an accompanying website.
The book was written for a diverse range of readers, including young GIS professionals just starting out, right up to more experienced technologists, as well as programmers, web designers, and anyone who can appreciate how maps play a major role in our society.
The digital copy is compatible with tablets, desktops, laptops, and smart phones. There are several samples and various step b step lessons that allow the reader to tryout all of tools discussed (via ArcGIS Online), while learning about 10 key ideas about digital mapping, data analysis, and problem solving with GIS.
Download the free PDF digital version, a new book that helps make it easy for anyone to engage GIS, click here go to the ArcGIS Book website to engage with different lessons and interactive activities, or click here to order a traditional paper copy.
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