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St. John’s Declaration (Help Improve Geographic Literacy in Canada)

Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.

“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”

GIS at Fanshawe College

 Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program

Fanshawe College GIS

Location: London, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Graduate Certificate Program & a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma / High School

Info: The one year Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program at the School of Design is actually an eight month intensive program that prepares graduates from College or University for employment opportunities in a wide range of industries that everyday utilize both spatial and tabular data sets. Their program is hands on project based and industry leading software intensive training, Students gain a solid foundation of GIS skills coupled with leading edge industry techniques to

learn the skills that can provide spatial solutions.

In Fanshawe’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, you’ll learn a complete range of GIS skills to help you increase your marketability. This eight-month intensive program will prepare you for employment in a wide range of land-based industries that require expertise in the use of spatial and tabular data.

Career Opportunities for graduates are to become GIS Specialists, GIS Programmers, Spatial Database Specialists, or GIS Analysts in either the GIS software industry, various levels of government of any private industry that makes use of spatial geomatic technologies. Their web site states that this program is open to International Students.

Fanshawe College also offers a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma that does not require a College or University background. This program focuses on the many uses of land and resources found in both rural and urban areas. Students learn how to design ideal communities, plan and co-ordinate land development, build and maintain geographic databases, using a combination of GIS, CAD and graphic design technology. The program is considered to be hands on providing industry experience through paid co-op work terms.

Graduates of this program tend to work in all different levels of governments, different land development companies, as well as many planning and consultant agencies. Some students even qualify for further education with the Urban and Regional Planning degree program through Ryerson University.

Contact Info

1001 Fanshawe College
London, Ontario
N5Y 5R6
GIS Program: Rick Oskirko (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 roskirko@fanshawec.ca
GIS / Planning Program: Russell Schnurr (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 E-mail: rschnurr@fanshawec.ca
See the GIS Course page or GIS / Planning Program page for more details.

 [sources: fanshawec.ca ]


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Fanshawe College then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

Ontario Medical Association turns to DMTI Spatial

OMA Turns to DMTI to Develop Province-Wide Routing Table for Physician Incentive Research

By: Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) needed to build a province-wide database to perform multiple pieces of analysis regarding all doctors and facilities in Ontario. This initiative was partially driven by the needs of various incentive programs that use a “rurality index” that measures where doctors were located in relation to the population and health centres. Driven by a federal mandate handed out to all provincial medical associations, the OMA needed an effective way to assess access to care in rural areas of the province, in order to then place doctors closer to their patients and facilities.

Phil Kaszuba, Vice President & General Manager, DMTI Spatial

The OMA approached DMTI as they had previously established a strong relationship with them to obtain data such as Postal Boundaries. Not only was DMTI up to the challenge of helping the OMA with this project, but their Professional Services Department was able to develop a new custom algorithm to complete the routing in a time previously believed impossible. As a final product, DMTI delivered a reliable, centralized database in the form of two routing tables.

The first table provided the shortest driving distance between any two postal codes in the province. The second provided the shortest total time between any of these same points. These tables consisted of over 142 billion records, the largest data delivery in DMTI’s 18+ years, and one of the largest in GIS history. This centralized database will allow the OMA to perform numerous economic analyses, including meeting the federal mandate of determining appropriate physician incentives in rural areas.

The full case study can be found at: http://bit.ly/Wecupa

[source: email from DMTI Spatial]

OSCAR-js – First Open Source Initiative for CARIS

logo CARIS OSCAR-js

CARIS, an industry leading marine GIS organization based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick has designed and built software solutions for over 30 years. Recently they announced their release of CARIS OSCAR-js (Open Spatial Component Architecture) , their first open source Application Programming Interface (API).

CARIS OSCAR-js, a JavaScript Map API was designed to allow users to create and embed custom web mapping applications into their own websites.

The API was created to help shape CARIS Spatial Fusion Enterprise and includes tools for navigation, measurement, and download, as well as providing a means for developers to create their own custom tools and extensions. OSCAR-js extends the very popular OpenLayers library and utilizes jQueryUI and YUI to help create a feature rich mapping experience.

The API is designed around the creation of map themes. Map themes consist of thematic maps along with optional functionality such as selection, data download or more. OSCAR-js supports the use of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services including Web Map Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) for creating these map themes.

In addition to supporting OGC web services, OSCAR-js can connect to CARIS Spatial Fusion Viewer to load map configurations. This allows for centralized site management for your web map infrastructure.

CARIS OSCAR-js websiteThe source code for the CARIS OSCAR-js API is available on GitHub under an Apache License 2.0, enabling users to generate their own development for customization. Creation of custom pages for OSCAR-js also requires a basic working knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS. However like most web technologies, users can learn about JavaScript, HTML and CSS via many great books and sites on the web.

Consider trying CARIS OSCAR-js API with your own spatial mapping data and applications, to get started, visit the OSCAR-js website where you can get helpful documentation, a basic tutorial, code samples, and a blog with all the latest information about OSCAR-js.

And don’t forget to let us know about your web mapping application that you created with CARIS OSCAR-js API.

Software website: http://ucode.caris.com/oscar/

[source: caris.com & company submitted email]

Things to See & Do in British Columbia

Screen Grab - Things to Do and See in (BC) British Columbia

BCParks Online Mapping Application

BCParks has created a simple online mapping application with data from the DataBC program to help people in British Columbia find things see and do in British Columbia by identifying the various locations of the Province’s Parks, Protected Areas, Recreation Areas and Ecological Reserves.

Map - Things to Do and See in BC (British Columbia)

The online interactive mapping tool based on the Google Maps platform offers various searching abilities and provides users with some control over the features and map layers that are displayed in the mapping window.

Points of interest in the map window feature places like Provincial Parks that are also interactive when clicked, providing basic information, photos and links to the respective web pages for that feature that can provide more adequate information.

Although this online map may be relatively pretty basic it still does a good job of providing people with the ability to interactive spatially, appreciate the vast geography of British Columbia and find information about things to see & do that they may have not discovered before.

Click here for more information about the The DataBC program.