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News Roundup – June 2023

Where are heat islands forming in urban Montréal? How are geospatial tools helping engage young people in learning about Canadian history? What is the state of air quality in Canadian cities, and how is being mapped? Learn more in the News Roundup for June 2023.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Location of Daytime Urban Heat Islands in Montréal’s 2022 Agglomeration (2016 Data)
The Map of the Month for June 2023 is “Location of Daytime Urban Heat Islands in Montréal’s 2022 Agglomeration (2016 Data)”, by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). This map of surface heat islands is part of a multi-criteria analysis of vulnerability to certain climatic hazards and is part of the 2020–2030 Climate Plan. The goal of the map is to target areas where the temperature is significantly higher compared to their immediate environment from airborne thermal data captured during the day in the summer of 2016.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 17: Commemorating Canada's Defining Moments with ArcGIS StoryMaps
Defining Moments Canada is a Canadian heritage organization dedicated to commemorating significant moments in our shared histories. In their efforts to engage young Canadians with their history, Defining Moments Canada has embraced diverse media, ArcGIS StoryMaps being one of them. Joining Guan Yue to discuss this initiative is Louis Lebel, digital content manager at Defining Moments Canada.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Want to have your map seen by thousands? Enter the 2024 Map Calendar Contest
Been working on a beautiful map that only a handful of people will see? Get it in front of thousands of GIS fans and map lovers by entering Esri Canada’s 2024 Map Calendar Contest. Winners will be featured in our 2024 print calendar and Map Calendar Hub. They’ll also receive a copy of Dawn J. Wright and Christian Harder’s GIS for Science, Volume 3: Maps for Saving the Planet. Contest closes on Friday, June 30 at 11:59 PM ET, so don’t wait—submit your map now!

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How to create a seamless user experience through administrative governance
Administrative governance—meaning the roles, processes and controls that are used to manage systems at the tactical rather than organizational level—can be a critical lever in maximizing the value of your GIS. But the best governance isn’t even noticed by the everyday user. So where’s the sweet spot between too much governance and too little that will allow your users to get the most out of your GIS? Esri Canada’s Julie Roebotham has a tool that can help.

ArcGIS AllSource: a new all-in-one solution for actionable intelligence
ArcGIS AllSource is a new standalone desktop application from Esri with custom toolbars designed for intelligence analysts working across several domains. It provides specialized tools and intelligence workflows for analysts working with 2D/3D maps, imagery, timelines, link and graph analysis, in order to reveal relationships, patterns and trends in their data.

Want to slice or chop your data in ArcGIS Dashboards? Try using selectors
Slicing and chopping are two different techniques to prepare food, but you can’t usually slice and chop the same item—it’s one or the other. Thankfully, we don’t have to decide when developing dashboards. Throw those knives away (carefully) and grab the food processor we call selectors.

Monitor Air Quality with Esri Canada Air Quality Aware App
Esri Canada’s Public Health team has built a real-time, interactive, public-facing air quality visualization tool: the Air Quality Aware App. Built using ArcGIS Experience Builder, the app leverages Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index to visualize air quality observations for Canadian cities.

Esri News

Esri Honored at Liberty Latin America Tech Summit
May 25, 2023

Esri Releases New Desktop Software to Easily Synthesize All Sources of Information
May 22, 2023

Esri Opens New Saint Louis Office in Emerging GEOINT District
May 22, 2023

Esri Book Demonstrates How Natural Resource Organizations Can Improve Sustainability, Profits
May 12, 2023

Esri Joins Partnership to Help Local Governments Use Mapping Technology to Tackle Equity Issues
May 10, 2023


ArcUser: A Digital Twin Guides Underground Rail Expansion
In Brisbane, the most rapidly growing city in Australia, a digital twin and a virtual reality program are guiding the design and construction of an underground railway.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Taking a Geographic Approach to Sickle Cell Disease Treatment
More than 300,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease (SCD), according to the World Health Organization. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is home to a regional pediatric SCD clinic that provides care for children with the disorder. The hospital has been using ArcGIS Pro and several of its geoprocessing tools have been key to analyze its research data and develop geospatial models to inform future treatment options.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: Sustainable Sourcing: A Data-Driven Approach to Supplier Selection
Consumers are asking companies to reveal what’s happening in their supply chains, and regulators aren’t far behind. In response, decision makers are looking deep into their supply chain operations.

WhereNext Confidential: Women in GIS—One Leader's Journey
The question: I’m a GIS analyst and often the only woman in the room. I have good relationships with a lot of my male colleagues, but a few key players make me feel like I’m only there to produce analysis and ideas that make them look good. Any advice for navigating these dynamics?

Video: HDR: Leverages 3D BIM and GIS technology for project success
Autodesk and Esri have formed a strategic alliance to bring together the power of BIM & GIS. In this video, Cameron Schaefer, HDR, describes the use of 3D BIM and GIS technology to dynamically integrate data—saving time and driving engagement among project decision makers.

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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