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News Roundup — March 2017

Which app is featured as our App of the Month? How can we create and support safe communities? Find out these and more in the March News Roundup.

Feature Stories

March App of the Month: Yukon Land Reform Atlas
Creating effective, interactive teaching tools can be a great way to get students learning. The Yukon Periglacial landform atlas takes the classroom to the web by teaching all levels of education – from elementary school students to senior undergraduates – and professionals about the different periglacial landforms commonly found in Yukon.  Discover how story maps can take learning to the next level with March’s App of the Month.

The rise of GIS as a business capability
Business capabilities are the building blocks of an organization. They represent a business’ most important abilities and are the key link between strategy and results. For many organizations, GIS is a critical business capability, but is often regarded as a supporting, background technology. A change of mindset is needed.

Safe communities: The need for more collaboration
What does a safe community mean to you?  That your kids can play outside without fear?  Knowing that your community’s infrastructure is secure?  Or is it knowing your community is prepared for disasters? Find out how you can start creating and supporting a safe community.

Saint Mary’s University releases Sign Language Place Names Map
Saint Mary’s University has released an interactive map that shows you Atlantic Canada place names in American Sign Language and Maritime Sign Language. Discover how they used Esri Story Maps to break down accessibility barriers for Deaf communities.

Community Maps Updates

The topographic and imagery basemaps were updated with new content from Canadian contributors in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Manitoba becomes the third province – and the largest to date – to be completely cached, joining already published New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Read part 1 and part 2 of the blog to see what’s new.

Esri News

NGA releases biggest collection of Arctic elevation data yet at Esri FedGIS Conference
February 16, 2017

Esri ranks among Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Data Science
February 14, 2017


Discover how Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) enhanced operations at its Emergency Link Centre with Esri’s ArcGIS technology. STARS developed a dynamic web mapping application that allows its dispatchers to access up-to-date and complete information about an emergency, so they can direct resources more effectively and increase patients’ chances of survival.