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Learn where the Antipode for your area is – Just Point, Click & Reveal

I am sure some of you may have noticed that I often write about Canadian web mapping related topics here, something that has progressed rapidly over the past few years and appears more and more all over the internet. However sometimes I come across a few mapping related sites like this one that is a little bit different then all the others and have a little more fun to them. So for my second contribution to GoGeomatics Magazine I selected a web map that was a little different then all the others in hopes that more people will start having Fun with Maps!

Ever hear anybody use the expression “You better be careful you don’t dig too deep or you will end up in China” while digging a hole?Antipodes Globe

Even if that could be possible (to dig down through the Earth’s core and come up on the other side of the world), would it really be China on the other side of that hole? What would be the  real Antipode (straight line that connects one location on the globe with a location on the other side of a globe while going through the center axis) for that hole you were digging?

The antipodes interactive web map depicts antipodes automatically for any location that you select. Simply point and click and then easily reveal the place that is on the other side of the world for any location on the Earth’s surface (without doing the math).

[This article also published with GoGeomatics]

International Women’s Day March 8th: Issues & Leadership in the Canadian Geomatics Community

GoGeomatics Canada is focusing on women in the Canadian geomatics community during the month of March.  In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th GoGeomatics Magazine will feature interviews and articles by women about women in our field.  Some contributors from last year will be coming back to share their thoughts on current issues relating to employment and leadership in geomatics, as well many new voices will be heard.

GoGeomatics Canada Women with globe for International Women’s Day March 8th

International Women’s Day has a very real meaning.  In Canada and much of the western world it is often taken for granted the equal status that women hold in our society.  However this is not the case in many other places around the world where women can face discrimination from the establishment and even within their own families. In many places they are taught by society, from day one, that they are inferior to men.

By sharing various stories and points of views from women in the Canadian geomatics community GoGeomatics aims to show that they are present and well accounted for in all areas of our society especially in the technical fields.  As well by talking to women who are leaders in geomatics we let the world know that women in Canada are taking on challenges and issues of great importance.

Our month long focus is also a reminder that women matter to society. That they have the right to be heard, despite what governments, society, or families tell them in other parts of the world.  GoGeomatics Canada believes that to remember and honor all the ways women make a difference in our community helps those who may yet struggle to reach the same level of acceptance and stature.

GoGeomatics hopes that you will join the Canadian geomatics community during the month of March by reading and engaging in the discussions that arise as we talk to other women in Canada about geomatics and their leadership in our community.

If you have a story or a point of view that you would like to share with the geomatics community in Canada please contact Deanna the  GoGeomatics Community Manager.

In Geomatics, Should you Specialize or Diversify?

Probably something many of us in the geomatics sector often come across in our careers is whether or not we should be highly specialized on a specific geomatics aspect or should we diversify and become competent in a multitude of geomatics related disciplines.

Now, one particular problem with being really specialized in something is that although you become an expert in something you can often be too focused, and potentially closing other doors or limiting possible career paths. When you diversify you can still become specialized in things but at a lesser extent yet work with more components of the industry.