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News Roundup – December 2021

What insights can be gleaned about long-term landscape changes when we use geospatial technology to work with decades of data? How is the history of GIS shaping its future? And how is the City of Ottawa getting vaccines to homebound people, who are difficult to reach with traditional programs? Learn more in the December News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: Long-Term Landscape Changes in the Northwest Territories
December 2021’s App of the Month, Landsat Long-Term Change Detection by the Northwest Territories Centre of Geomatics, shares the results of a project by the remote sensing team at the NWT Centre of Geomatics. The project used Landsat imagery to examine landscape change in the Northwest Territories between 1985 and 2019.

December’s Map of the Month: Explore Central Map
December 2021’s Map of the Month is Explore Central Map, made by the Town of Truro, Nova Scotia to encourage residents to vacation locally during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve paired the Map of the Month with apps and stories that show how communities across Canada are using GIS to support economic development, inclusion, local heritage and more.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 2 | Episode 6: The History and the Future of GIS
Alex Miller, president and founder of Esri Canada, is a pioneer in GIS technology. He has a deep understanding of GIS and has travelled all over Canada discussing it with others. On this episode of Geographical Thinking, he reflects on pivotal moments in GIS history and on what the future of GIS may entail.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

How to prepare your data for reliable project results
Are you confident in your data quality? If the answer is “kind of”, use this quick refresher on some key data preparation steps, then read more about a brand-new training course that will show you additional ways of prepping and validating your data.

Ottawa maps equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for the homebound
How can GIS help get vaccines to some of Canada’s hardest-to-reach people? Esri Canada’s Brian Mosley sat down with Sarah MacLaurin and Randal Rodger from the Geospatial, Analytics, Technology and Solutions (GATS) group at the City of Ottawa to discuss how they supported Ottawa Public Health’s homebound vaccine delivery program.

The ROI on Indoor GIS
Want to reduce your operating costs? Consider the potential of indoor GIS, which can save you more than 11 minutes per work order and up to $2 million in IT hardware.

An infographic displaying time and money savings from implementing an indoor GIS.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

Esri Canada News

Dr. Bob Maher receives the Roger F. Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award
November 17, 2021

Bell and Esri Canada deliver Integrated Smart City Ecosystem
November 2, 2021

Esri News

Esri Releases GIS for Science, Volume 3
November 23, 2021

Esri Releases Moving Forward: GIS for Transportation
November 17, 2021

Esri Recognizes Partner Excellence in Serving Infrastructure Customers at IMGIS Conference
November 11, 2021

Esri Selected by CDC to Assist in Boosting Vaccine Confidence
November 3, 2021

Esri Pilots Broadband Solutions with National League of Cities to Reduce Digital Divide
November 1, 2021


ArcUser: Increase the Value of Imagery in Your Organization
An extension to ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online makes imagery more accessible and easier to manage while eliminating the need for an organization to maintain infrastructure for imagery.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Water Utility Brings Engineering In-House with Enterprise Asset Management
With 771 miles of pipe under its mandate, Erie, Pennsylvania is no stranger to ageing infrastructure. Erie Water Works has combined ArcGIS software with GPS and CAD technologies to create a dynamic enterprise asset management system that correctly represents all its assets at four-inch accuracy.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: Rolls Royce Goes Electric, Foreshadowing Industry Challenges
Rolls Royce decides to go all-electric, Tesla reaches $1 trillion in value and automakers and dealers assess how they’ll navigate the future of EV sales.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Jacobs’ Geospatial Approach to Problem Solving
Michelle Watson, global director for geospatial solutions at Jacobs, discusses the use of location intelligence in facilitating sustainable planning and construction around the world. Esri chief marketing officer Marianna Kantor investigates how cities and businesses are leveraging geospatial thinking to create smarter and more resilient infrastructure tailored to the needs of communities.

Video: Driving Equity with Information
African People & Wildlife chief executive officer Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld discusses how democratizing information can lead to greater equity in conservation decisions.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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