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News Roundup – June 2022

What will the judges be looking for when evaluating entries to the 2023 Map Calendar Contest? What can I be doing to get NG9-1-1 ready? What is International Missing Children’s Day, and what can I do to help? Learn more in the June News Roundup.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Watersheds within the Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territory
June 2022’s Map of the Month is “Watersheds within the Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territory”, by Matawa First Nations Management. The map shows the magnitude of water within the homelands and is integral to communicating the powerful message that water is life. It also aims to support Matawa’s language revitalization goals by including the Ojibway names of each watershed and First Nation community. To accompany the Map of the Month, this month’s Hub page focuses on Indigenous toponymy and efforts to revitalize Indigenous place names on Turtle Island.

Geographical Thinking: Season 2 | Episode 18: A conversation with Esri’s chief scientist
Renowned oceanographer and Esri’s chief scientist, Dawn Wright, talked to Guan about her role at Esri, as well as the importance of GIS in ocean conservation.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

A conversation with Dawn Wright, Esri’s chief scientist
Dawn Wright is the chief scientist at Esri. She talks to Guan Yue about how she sees the intersection of science with the Science of Where.

Themes for the 2023 Map Calendar Contest
Eager to share your best maps with the rest of the GIS community? The 2023 Map Calendar Contest closes on Friday, July 22, so don’t wait—polish your best maps and send them to us for a chance to be featured in 2023’s print calendar. To help you decide which maps to send, we’ve compiled this list of our focus areas for 2023.

Why you need a Geospatial Community of Practice
One of the most effective ways to develop geospatial skills across your organization is to establish a Community of Practice (CoP). GIS professionals need to use the power of community to share knowledge and develop thought leadership, and a CoP is one way to do just that. In this blog post, Esri Canada management consultants Allen Williams and Sarah Hughan discuss how you can build a CoP that will unlock new possibilities for GIS within your organization.

Grade your data and be NG9-1-1 ready
Calling all geospatial first responders! Yup… if you maintain authoritative street centreline and address point data, you are a geospatial first responder! That’s because your data is required for Next Generation 9-1-1.

International Missing Children’s Day 2022
Today, May 25 is International Missing Children’s Day. It’s a day to honour missing and abducted children while also celebrating those who have been recovered. In this blog post, David Hamilton discusses Esri Canada’s partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) and invites readers to install the MCSC rescu mobile app.

Discover the new Esri Canada Learning Pathways
ArcGIS learning resources are plentiful. But where do you start? Which ones will help you achieve your goals most efficiently? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions, we’ve created a new resource that will help you navigate the wealth of available training options: the Esri Canada Learning Pathways.

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 Canada News

Esri Canada releases free app to help municipalities get ready for NG9-1-1
May 10, 2022


ArcUser: Mapping the Geography of Underground Ecosystems
The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) used hydrogeology, biology, and GIS to safeguard endangered species living below the surface. Find out how NCKRI is using geospatial tools to evaluate species distribution in mostly hidden underground systems.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Mobile GIS Apps Help Citizen Scientists Guide Oil Spill Cleanup
A major oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach in southern California spewed almost 25,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. Thousands of residents called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the US Coast Guard looking to help, but there was no formal process in place to ensure that the oil spill data they were collecting was tagged with a location. To make this happen, the Surfrider Foundation and the Esri team used an array of GIS technology to create a seamless data collection process that anyone with a smartphone can use.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: GeoAI, Corporate Responsibility and the Vigilance of a Climate Watchdog
As the earth teeters between climate catastrophe and recovery, companies must assess the outcomes of their actions—and those of their business partners. A growing band of observers—including Matt Finer of Amazon Conservation—is using satellite imagery and AI-infused GIS technology to shine a light on the supply chain.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Why Planting Trees Is Key to Mitigating the Climate Crisis
Paul Cooper, chief information officer of the Arbor Day Foundation, discusses the increased call for green infrastructure around the world to address climate change. Esri’s global commercial services lead John Lenahan investigates the powerful environmental and economic benefits of widescale tree planting.

Video: GIS Improves Aerial Surveys for Better Wildlife Management
Hundreds of years ago, elk were distributed across the entire United States. Today, their range covers just a handful of states. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is working hard to preserve the elk population and other wildlife in their state so the story is not repeated, and GIS is a part of nearly every stage of the process.

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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