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Free GIS Day Promotion Resources

GIS Day provides a forum for GIS users all over the world to demonstrate how real-world applications are making a difference in society. This year GIS day is Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Download free resources provided to help you put together a fun and successful GIS Day event …

Map your world! – HERE Mapathon

Do you want to have a real impact on your community? Create a visually compelling map and tell an impactful story using data. Enter the run to win up to $10,000!

During the online HERE Mapathon, you have the opportunity to map a dataset of a topic that matters to you. Using the HERE XYZ studio, address an issue that is close to your heart or useful for our society using compelling imagery!

The best thing about this challenge? No technical skills are required thanks to the easy-to-use interface of HERE XYZ!

Historic Maps of Prince Edward Island

Some of the scanned Historic Maps of Prince Edward Island that you can download include …

Vancouver Map Flyover

Check out this neat short film created using an old relief map of Vancouver from the 1970s that was hung on the walls in the Department of Geography at UBC for many years …

3D Data Workshop

The event brought together the geospatial community from industry, non-profit groups, associations, academia and all levels of government. It showcased the latest information on the technologies and their applications in 3D Mapping and included presentations, discussions, demos, and poster displays promoting technologies, related to the latest collection, analysis, and visualization software / hardware, from GIS to Virtual and Augmented Reality.

From Geomatics to the fast approaching Autonomous World

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the biggest technology show in the world, known by most techies as CES (Consumer Electronics Show). HERE, an international company based out of Germany known for data and location related services, included me in a group of professionals that they invited to experience their vision of an Autonomous Future and the products and services that they believe will help make it possible.

Using state of the art displays, over sized high-resolution screens and custom animation, they wowed visitors from the moment they stepped inside. Some of the highlights that I was able to take back from my time spent with the various staff of HERE are included here …

Location Technology will make an Autonomous Future a Reality

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, better known by most as CES thanks to HERE, who included me in a small group of professionals that they invited to Las Vegas to see how Location Technology is leading the way to an Autonomous Future. The main focus of the exhibit was show casing HERE’s vision on the Autonomous Innovative Future built on location technology, including smart cities, autonomous vehicles, smart fleet tracking, advances in mobility, drones, and high speed transportation.

HERE and Unifly to map the airspace for drones

Soon it may not only be our roads that are congested. The growing popularity of drones, whether for recreational or commercial use, has highlighted the challenge of managing traffic in low-altitude airspace. Moreover, in the future Autonomous World, the traffic of both airborne and ground vehicles will need to be well orchestrated to ensure safety and efficiency.

Canada’s first urban heat loss map of over 500,000 homes

MyHEAT Inc. launches a new way to reduce the cost of heating and cooling their homes, or commercial buildings, while also contributing to the fight against climate change. The MyHEAT platform gives the ability to visualize and compare the heat escaping from every building in a town or city, and is available free of charge.

As of today the platform is live in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, with over 500,000 houses profiled. Additional Alberta communities will be added over the coming months, with a planned roll out across major urban Canadian cities over the next year.

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize (History of Cartography)

The 2016 essay competition for the Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize is now accepting applicants.

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize (History of Cartography)

The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize is awarded annually by the Washington Map Society, to help recognize academic achievement in the History of Cartography. It honors the legacy of the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, former chief of the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress, and co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society.

Portolan - Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize (History of Cartography)This competition is open to all full or part-time undergraduate, graduate, and first year post-doctoral students attending accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the world.

Several Past Ristow Prize winners and Honorable Mentions have come from outside the United States.

Research papers must be related to the history of cartography. Merely using maps to relate an episode in history is not sufficient, unless the maps date from the period of the event, and/or disclose new information about that event, and/or the study of those maps constitutes a major focus of the paper.

The winner of the Ristow prize will receive:

  • $1000 (USd)
  • a 1 year membership in the Washington Map Society
  • publication of the History of Cartography paper in The Portolan-Journal of the Washington Map Society
  • 6 copies of The Portolan in which the paper will be printed

Submissions are due June 1, 2016, and should be sent to Dr. Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A.

For details, contest criteria and other useful information visit the Ristow Prize contest page: http://www.washmapsociety.org/Ristow-Prize.htm or send inquiries to eedson@pvcc.edu