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News Roundup — July 2017

What’s the prize for the 2018 Map Calendar/App of the Month Contests? Find out this and more in the July News Roundup.

2018 Map Calendar/App of the Month Contests

Now’s your chance to show what you’ve built using Esri software. This year, we’re holding two contests to find the best maps and apps in Canada. Send us your maps for selection into our print 2018 Map Calendar and apps to be featured on the Esri Canada homepage and blog. Plus, selected entrants receive a $50 gift card. Contests end August 18. Learn more

Feature Stories

July’s App of the Month: British Columbia Drought Information Portal

Drought, a period of abnormally low rainfall or shortage of water, can cause various negative effects to the human and natural environment. Providing citizens with up-to-date information on local drought levels can help water conservation efforts. Check out how the Government of British Columbia uses story maps to convey current drought information to its citizens through the British Columbia Drought Information Portal.

Strategy for GIS: The three essential steps to creating enterprise value
Building an effective GIS strategy involves identifying meaningful opportunities, determining their value and setting priorities. Here’s how.

Can spatial data enable more judicious government decision-making?
One of the primary roles of any level of government is to make decisions that benefit most citizens within the jurisdiction. A large percentage of government decisions involve location and too often, decisions are made without analyzing sufficient known facts or information. Learn how government decision-makers can use Web GIS for improved decision-making.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with relevant resources
Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations are happening across the country. Discover some of our Canadian-themed ArcGIS Online resources. Find out what our newest lessons are and check out other resources that cover Canadian topics related to history, social studies and geography.

ArcGIS Online: A powerful tool for documenting indigenous culture, tradition and history
GIS can be used to teach different subjects and to research important issues. For National Aboriginal Day, find out how GIS is being used in K-12 education to support the teaching and learning of indigenous culture, tradition and history.

Community Maps Updates

The June basemap update includes updates from five contributors to the topographic basemap across Canada: Fredericton, Moncton, Peel Region, York Region and Chestermere. Find out about all the updates.

Esri Canada News

Esri Canada Donates $5M in Software to the Canadian Research Data Centre Network
June 29, 2017

Teck Highland Valley Copper Recognized for GIS Innovation
June 6, 2017

Esri News

2017 Esri User Conference Celebrates Applying the Science of Where
June 15, 2017

New Esri Publication Explores How Location Technology Drives Business Growth
June 13, 2017

Esri ArcGIS 10.5 Leading Platform in OGC Compliance
June 7, 2017

Esri and Leidos Modernize Intelligence Data Production
June 6, 2017

2017 Spring Issue of ArcNorth News

The spring 2017 issue of ArcNorth News highlights stories from across Canada where organizations and agencies use ArcGIS to promote public safety, respond effectively to emergencies and build safer communities. Read about Toronto Police Services’ self-serve GIS apps that give the public unprecedented insight into policing activities, and how GIS experts from the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo put a fully-automated rapid damage assessment solution in place among many of our feature stories and regular columns.