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News Roundup – September 2021

How are bird conservation NGOs using geospatial technology not only to collect information, but to engage the public in helping birds? How can spatial data help us reach populations who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19? How are grocery retailers using location intelligence to address changing shopping habits? Learn more in the September News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: Insulin 100: Sir Frederick Banting
September’s App of the Month, built by Defining Moments Canada in collaboration with the Huron Community History Centre, celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin by mapping the life of Sir Frederick Banting, one of insulin’s co-discoverers.

September’s Map of the Month: The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
September’s Map of the Month shows the range of the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). On this month’s Hub page, we’re learning about how bird conservation NGOs are using GIS to connect with and engage members of the public. Watch our video interview with FLAP Canada program coordinator and co-founder Paloma Plant to learn more.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 1 | Episode 18: Advice to Young GISers
Esri Canada hosts a Young Professionals Network (YPN) for those starting out in the GIS industry. It encourages discussion amongst young professionals on how to grow their careers. In this episode, four experienced GIS professionals answer questions from our YPN members.

Canadian Scientists Collaborate to Map Biodiversity and the Human Footprint
With the support of the Alberta Ministry of Environment and Parks, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has become the trusted source for data about habitat, species and the human footprint in the province of Alberta. Learn more about how they used GIS technology to develop their databases, which are available for public, government and industry use alike.

Questions and Answers: Get the most out of ArcGIS Online with the Community Map
We had so many questions during our recent webinar “Exploitez au mieux ArcGIS Online à l’aide de la carte communautaire du Canada” (held in French) that we couldn’t answer them all during our time together! This post has the answers to the questions we couldn’t get to. In case you missed it, watch the webinar first.

Creating a common framework for 9-1-1 service for Yukon
Yukon is so large and sparsely populated that 9-1-1 service could only be rolled out there in 2016. So what does Yukon’s public service need to do to update their infrastructure to accommodate Next Generation 9-1-1? Find out in this blog post from Esri Canada’s Vanessa Finnie.

Location intelligence for equitable vaccine distribution
How can spatial data help us get a better understanding of, and access to, Canada’s populations who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19? Find out with this ArcGIS StoryMaps story from Esri Canada’s Brian Mosley.


ArcGIS training: a quick reference guide
What’s your back-to-school plan when it comes to training? Need a little help finding what you need? We’ve created this quick reference guide to help you find resources that will enhance your GIS skills.

The role of digital twins in smart cities
Digital twins enable municipalities to plan, manage and optimize their operations. Because of this, more than 500 cities are set to deploy digital twins by 2025. Learn more about why cities are going smart by reading this blog post.

The role of change management in strategy development
Developing a new strategy for your organization? You might be wondering how change management fits into the mix. In this blog post, Esri Canada’s director of management consulting, Matt Lewin, discusses some tactics that you can use to manage change effectively when implementing a new strategy.

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 News

Esri Releases ArcGIS Pro Book Updated for Version 2.8
August 31, 2021

Upper Egypt Local Development Program Selects Esri Software for Data-Driven Governance
August 30, 2021

Matanuska Telephone Association Chooses Esri to Help Manage Network That Spans 10,000 Square Miles
August 24, 2021

Esri and National Geographic Society Launch Global Storytelling Challenge
August 16, 2021

Esri Offers Free Online Course That Teaches Cutting-Edge Imagery Capabilities
August 9, 2021

Esri Signs Goodwill Protocol with Atlas University
August 2, 2021


ArcUser: Crowdsourcing for Digital Storytelling
Crowdsourcing a map means gathering opinions, data or information from a group of people and displaying that information spatially. Read this article to learn whether crowdsourcing is the right tool for your current project.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Fire Department Improves Hydrant Inspections with ArcGIS Field Maps
The Charlottesville Fire Department has about 1,500 fire hydrants within its jurisdiction—and they all require inspection. Firefighters used to have to slog through an inefficient manual process, doing all the inspections on paper. Read more to find out how the department moved the whole process to a single game-changing app.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: Delivery Innovation: Groceries at the Office
As the grocery sector evolves to address changing shopping habits, industry innovators are installing lockers at offices to deliver fresh groceries to professionals where they work. Location intelligence will be key to determining where to do so and how to keep costs down.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Data-Driven Intelligence: How One of America’s Largest Newspapers Beat the Odds
Brian Kennett, vice president of digital advertising at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, describes how geospatial technology has helped provide key insights about its advertisers’ customers. Esri commercial services lead John Lenahan investigates how Minneapolis’s largest newspaper has leveraged location intelligence to grow revenue and diversify its business offerings in a time of continuous industry transformation.

Video: Esri User Conference 2021 – Ohio Department of Natural Resources: DETOUR Trails Initiative
As part of the Environment & Natural Resources Special Interest Group meeting at the 2021 Esri User Conference, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shares how they used GIS to develop their DETOUR trails app, the state’s resource for authoritative trails information.

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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