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News Roundup – February 2021

How can organizations make the switch from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro a little easier? How is climate change data being brought to a wider public using easy-to-use apps? How can GIS technology help accelerate justice in the world? Learn more in the February News Roundup.

Feature Stories

CGE Podcast: COVID Round Two
Esri Canada President Alex Miller talks with Richard Jones at CGE Radio about the logistics and trust involved in the rollout of vaccines, as well as privacy concerns, immunization certificates, boosters, policy implications of tracking one disease every day and more.

GIS is essential for Next Generation 9-1-1
Why do we need Next Generation 9-1-1? And what role will GIS play in it? David Hamilton answers those questions and more in his latest blog post on the ongoing modernization of 9-1-1 call processing and emergency response in Canada.

Make 2021 the year that you move to ArcGIS Pro!
Switching from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro might seem difficult, but a little planning can ease the way. Carole Arseneau breaks down the key questions you’ll need to ask yourself as you plan your transition. She’s also curated some resources to help you and your team get primed.

App of the Month: Eastern Charlotte Waterways Climate Data Viewer
February’s App of the Month, the Eastern Charlotte Waterways Climate Data Viewer, opens climate data up for stakeholders—including communities in southern New Brunswick at risk of due to climate change—to view and interact with. Eastern Charlotte Waterways built the easy-to-use app using Esri technology without needing to do any custom coding, allowing users to access what they need fast.

Esri News

Esri Releases ArcGIS Velocity for Analysis of Real-Time IoT Data
February 3, 2021

Esri Launches ArcGIS Platform
January 27, 2021

Esri Releases Updated Guide to Analytic Algorithms and Methods
January 28, 2021

New Esri Book Describes Crime Analysis for a Broad Audience
January 28, 2021


ArcUser: Governance for GIS: Decisions and Decision-Making
Written by Esri Canada’s own Matt Lewin, this blog post discusses how strong GIS governance is an essential tool for digital transformation. Read the post to learn about what governance is and why it’s one of the most important factors determining the long-term success of a GIS.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online

ArcNews: How Indoor GIS Can Help Workplaces Reopen Safely
Indoor spaces pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than the outdoors. So how can businesses that are reopening plan for a safe return to work that also efficiently uses their existing real estate? This blog post proposes using ArcGIS Indoors to redesign communal spaces, leverage unused areas and digitize facilities management.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online

WhereNext: Not Just a Game: The Emergence of 3D and AR in Business
Location technology has been the framework for organizing, processing, and analyzing geographic information for decades. Now that framework is empowering users of 3D and augmented reality technology to work faster and safer, and collaborate more effectively.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: How Getting from A to B is Changing
What does future transportation look like with our evolving need? The pandemic has drastically changed personal vehicle use, public transit ridership and the role of curbside spaces in our cities. Join Guan Yue in our inaugural episode as she explores these trends with Esri Canada’s Transportation Industry Manager Arif Rafiq.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Racial Equity: How Technology Can Accelerate Social Justice
Darlene Flynn, community activist and director of the Department of Race and Equity in Oakland, California, explains how governments and businesses are tackling racial inequity across their organizations. Esri’s David Gadsden investigates how mapping and sophisticated analysis can help identify systemic racism and promote equity.

Video: GIS for Equity & Social Justice Special Interest Group
In this Special Interest Group meeting, over 850 people gathered to hear GIS users from the government, nonprofit, and education sectors who are leading equity and social justice efforts speak about their work, their values and their calls to action for the GIS community. In their pláticas, Sophia Garcia, Nicole Franklin and Verónica Vélez centred community engagement and listening.

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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