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News Roundup – April 2023

How can sound be used to evoke an emotional response to GIS storytelling? How is voice technology being used to help residents interface with non-emergency city services? How can everyday people get involved with digital litter collection using open data? Discover more in the News Roundup for April 2023.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: The Citizen Science of Litter
April’s Map of the Month is “The Citizen Science of Litter” by Canadian Forest Products Ltd. The map uses data from the global OpenLitterMap database to give an example of how everyday people can participate in digital litter collection.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 13: Qwhery: A Voice Interface for Geospatial Data
In many cities and towns, 311 provides residents, businesses and visitors with access to non-emergency city services. Matt Pietryszyn, CEO and co-founder of Qwhery, has created another way to interact with municipalities using smart devices. In this conversation with Matt, he discusses how Qwhery is developing a voice interface for geospatial data.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

The 2023 University of Toronto Geospatial Data Visualization Challenge
In Fall 2022, Esri Canada and the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) initiated a three-year strategic collaboration to foster and spotlight the application of location intelligence and GIS in Canadian public health research. Esri Canada’s Alexander (Sandy) Watts co-led the collaboration, along with Dr. Laura Rosella, associate professor and director of the DLSPH Population Health Analytics Lab.

NG9-1-1 readiness in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville wanted to better understand their readiness for Next Generation 9-1-1 and ensure that their data and processes would meet the National Emergency Number Association’s standards.

Detect and correct property data errors quickly using Sketch Verification
If you’re an assessor trying to figure out how to correct and resolve physical property data errors efficiently, then consider Sketch Verification Professional Services. Free up your time, meet your property inspection requirements, drive your data correction projects forward and advance your Desktop Review initiatives.

2023 Esri Partner Conference wrap-up: views from the ground
This year, three of Esri Canada’s partner managers attended the Esri Partner Conference (EPC) in Palm Springs, California. They saw familiar faces, made new friends and deepened their relationships to members of the Esri Partner Network. Read on to find out more about EPC’s plentiful opportunities and vibrant atmosphere.

Evoke an emotional response to your StoryMaps story using sound
In this ArcGIS StoryMaps story from Esri Canada’s training team, find out how you can use sound to help readers connect more deeply with your narrative.


Esri Canada News

GeoComm and Esri Canada collaborate on indoor mapping for better 9-1-1 response
March 6, 2023


Esri News

Esri Recognizes Partners for Innovation and Excellence
March 6, 2023

National Academy of Engineering Elects Esri’s Dawn Wright
March 7, 2023

2023 Esri Developer Summit Highlights
March 14, 2023

Esri Book Demonstrates How to Create Map Apps with User Experience in Mind
March 28, 2023


ArcUser: Drone Mapping and AI Combine to Find Flood Victims Faster in Mozambique
In 2019, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) rapidly responded to back-to-back cyclones that caused massive flooding in Mozambique. In the process of helping more than two million people, they used GIS, drones and AI.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: GIS Team in Manila Boosts Water Security with Near Real-Time Network Data
Using a custom web map to investigate illegal water connections, Maynilad Water Services, the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base, has recovered $410,000 in commercial losses.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: NextTech: Predicting Storm Impacts with Location Analytics, AI
A local forecast isn’t as useful as a forecast tailored to specific buildings and assets. Resilience-minded executives are modelling storm impacts on their facilities with unprecedented precision.

WhereNext Confidential: Earning Executives’ Trust
“I recently read an article on the role of GIS in big business decisions. At our company, it mostly answers technical questions. How can our GIS team get involved in supporting strategic decisions?”

Video: How the Region of Peel is reaching residents with data storytelling
Andrea Dort of the Region of Peel Data Center discusses the design process that led her team to the creation of the Region of Peel Census Information Hub. The Census Information Hub is a mix of visuals and text that tells a story, reveals the “why” behind the numbers and shows how the census data is used.

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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