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News Roundup – July 2022

How can you identify what your organization needs in terms of geospatial governance? How can you navigate the wealth of training options for ArcGIS based on your training priorities? How can GIS and indoor positioning systems help address issues of campus safety and security? Learn more in the July News Roundup.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Passe-croche Fire 395
July 2022’s Map of the Month, by the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu, shows the progression of a major fire that started on June 16, 2020 to the north of Lac Saint-Jean, in the Chute-des-Passes area. We’ve paired it with resources that show how GIS is being used to connect past and present wildfire data into a bigger picture.

Geographical Thinking: Season 2 | Episode 21: Geographical Thinking Caps: Reach for the Top Five
What are the five fastest growing cities in Canada? Which five countries consume the most wine? Where are the five smallest US states? David Kossowsky and Jasmine Sohal battle each other to find the top five answers to geographic questions. Join them as they tackle these brain teasers and many more.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

ArcGIS Urban: Six fundamental strengths
Esri Canada’s Dan Campbell showcases each of ArcGIS Urban’s six core technical capabilities and explains how they integrate with one another.

Geospatial governance distilled
Esri Canada’s management consultants have developed a governance framework that you can use to identify what you’re missing and where you need to focus to arrive at a governance model that works for you. Read the blog post to get the complete framework.

The Port of Montréal contributes to the Community Map of Canada
Canada's second largest port uses the Community Map of Canada basemap for some of its operations. Learn more in this blog post by Esri Canada’s Frédéric Blouin-Michaud.

ArcGIS skills development options demystified
Learning any new skill is a challenge, but learning to use ArcGIS can be especially challenging because of the number of functionalities that the ArcGIS system offers. But no need to worry: you can use the new Esri Canada Learning Pathways to demystify the options, define your training priorities and map your learning trajectory.

The Esri Canada Monkeypox Tracker
When it comes to public health events of concern, Esri Canada believes in providing open access to relevant and up-to-date information. The Esri Canada Monkeypox Tracker is a map visualization of open data published by—a Data Science Initiative.

The future of work
Understanding that people will continue to work in new ways has human resources departments hopping, which is why the future of work was the subject of a panel called “The Future of Work in the Public Sector” at Canadian Government Executive’s recent DX Summit. Esri Canada president Alex Miller was a panelist. Read this blog post for a summary of the highlights.

Latest in the Living Atlas: L’nu Place Names in New Brunswick
The Living Atlas features a wealth of Canadian content including maps that help us understand the history of our geography. A recent addition to the Living Atlas is the L’nu place names map of New Brunswick, which showcases geographic features and landmarks that reflect the kinship between L’nu, a Mi’gmawe’l word meaning “the people” and their environment.

Indoor mapping for campus safety and security
Preventing and responding quickly to suspicious activities on campus can be made easier using accessible, standardized situational awareness and response tools. Read this post to learn more about how GIS and indoor positioning systems can help.

How can ArcGIS simplify public health data collection and standardization?
Are you an environmental health supervisor struggling to consolidate and collate your team’s data? Perhaps a public health inspector faced with sampling restaurants, beaches and public pools this summer? Or maybe an epidemiologist responsible for collecting and reporting on COVID-19 vaccination boosters for your region? Read this post to learn how ArcGIS solutions support public health data collection, reporting and action.

Submit your work to the 2023 Map Calendar Contest
Get your best map in front of thousands of GIS enthusiasts by entering Esri Canada’s 2023 Map Calendar Contest. Winners will receive a copy of Kenneth Field’s award-winning book Thematic Mapping and be featured in our 2023 print calendar as well as on our Map Calendar Hub. Contest closes on Friday, July 22 at 11:59 PM ET, so submit your map today!

Esri News

Esri Releases ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Engine, Enabling Comprehensive Spatial Analysis for Big Data
June 23, 2022

Esri to Donate Software for America the Beautiful Challenge for Conservation and Restoration
June 23, 2022

Esri Announces Winners of the 2022 ArcGIS Online Competition
June 22, 2022

2022 Safety and Security Summit @ Esri UC to Showcase Building Resilient Communities
June 17, 2022

Esri Recognizes Italian Rail Agency for Modernizing Infrastructure
June 16, 2022

Esri’s Dawn Wright Will Journey to Challenger Deep with Explorer Victor Vescovo
June 8, 2022

Esri Integrates LightBox Data to Expand Geocoding for Canadian Content
June 2, 2022


ArcUser: Students’ Solution Protects People from Contaminated Water
An enterprising group of young computer coders in India has created Saaf water, a low-cost water quality sensor and analytics platform that is accessible to people living in rural areas. Saaf water has been chosen as the grand prize winner of IBM’s 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge contest from a field of 500,000 developers who came from 180 nations.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Extending Renewable Energy Resources While Protecting Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has created a mapping tool with ArcGIS Pro called Site Renewables Right. The online resource is designed to help companies and communities identify the most promising places in the central United States to develop renewable energy while preserving wildlife and habitats.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: Inflation—And the Geography of Shopping Habits
The effort by central banks to tame inflation may pay off in time, but customer behavior has already changed, and business executives with location intelligence are analyzing how—and how they should adjust.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Accelerating the Energy Transition on US Roads and Highways
Allie Kelly, executive director at The Ray, talks about using the geographic approach in creating sustainable roads and highways. Esri CMO Marianna Kantor investigates the use of geospatial technology and location analytics in making the most of government investment in infrastructure.

Video: How Prague Uses Smart Maps to Battle Climate Change
Like many cities across Europe, Prague is facing the consequences of climate change. The rise in temperature harms plants and trees, and threatens the health of the elderly. With the help of location intelligence, city planners are taking a stand to protect their city and its citizens—and seeing positive results.

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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