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News Roundup – March 2023

How is the science of where helping solve major challenges in the potash mining business? What tools is the Regina Police Service using to increase transparency and accountability? And how is geography helping the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to manage invasive species? Learn more in the News Roundup for March 2023.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: March: Indian River Watershed Plan—Old-Growth Forest Map
March 2023’s map depicts the xʔəl̓ilwətaʔɬ/Indian River Watershed, part of the traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh people, in terms of a watershed-level planning process.

Geographical Thinking: Season 3 | Episode 10: Management Perspectives: Finding success in potash mining
Jodi Derkach, senior manager of land and resource at Nutrien, talks about how “where” is the key to solving major challenges in Nutrien’s potash business. Among other things, mapping helps Jodi’s team reach executives and secure the millions of dollars needed to run capital-intensive seismic programs.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Regina Police Service unveils community crime map
To increase transparency and accountability and improve awareness of crime reported within the city, Regina Police Service has released a modernized public-facing community crime map.

How to leverage GIS for telecommunication capital planning
In this blog post from Esri Canada’s telecom industry expert Sergio Palladini, he discusses how to bring operational and business support systems (OSS and BSS) together to help with critical decision making.

Managing invasive species in agriculture
When a destructive plant pest was discovered in Canada in 2017, several government agencies conducted a surveillance program to understand the presence and distribution of the pest. At the time, data collection and analysis required a great deal of manual work. During the following season, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency cut work preparation time in half by conducting a pilot using ArcGIS.

What is the geographic approach and how does it empower enterprise IT?
The ArcGIS technology ecosystem is radically changing what the geographic approach means for government by bringing spatial data to enterprise IT. In this first in a series of blog posts, Mathieu Primeau expands on what this means for the federal government and the communities it serves.

Community planning for affordable housing
This blog post provides examples of social supports, greenspace, metrics and zoning overlays to demonstrate how ArcGIS Urban can help you plan affordable housing.

Esri Canada News

Guelph to lead development of next-generation emergency services database
February 9, 2023

Esri News

Esri Recognizes Partners for Achievement in US Federal Government Market
February 28, 2023

Esri Signs Agreement with Malta Providing Access to GIS Technology, Training
February 16, 2023

Esri Releases New App to Easily View and Analyze Global Land-Cover Changes
February 8, 2023

Esri Releases New ArcGIS Reality Software to Capture the World in 3D
February 7, 2023

Esri Joins the Overture Maps Foundation to Help Build Interoperable Open Map Data
February 6, 2023


ArcUser: Climate Action: Reasons for Hope
Climate change, already a generational challenge, produces another problem that can feel insurmountable: hopelessness. Highlighting the climate action efforts and solutions that are underway—and showing progress—is a viable antidote and the focus of Atlas of Climate Action: Resilience and Reduction through a Geographic Approach, an event sponsored by Esri that was presented by the Los Angeles Times in September 2022.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Milk Bank Embraces Geospatially Focused Business Intelligence Tools
Supply chain issues beleaguered consumers throughout 2022. But perhaps none were as jarring as the baby formula shortage that distressed new parents across the United States from early summer almost through the end of the year. As families desperately tried to find ways to feed their infants, Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose, California, recognized the need to inform community members of the rapidly growing demand and seek out more breast milk donations. To do this, they turned to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Business Analyst.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: Experts Call for New Form of Supply Chain Agility
Out of the philosophies of just-in-time and just-in-case manufacturing, an agile alternative emerges, primed for an era of disruption.

WhereNext Confidential: Wooing Data Scientists
In the latest WhereNext Confidential, an anonymous reader asks, “I work at a Fortune 500 company, and the data scientists I’d like to collaborate with brush off the idea of using location analysis. Some haven’t heard of GIS technology. How can I inspire them to collaborate?”

Video: Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Federal agencies are coming together to develop and share a collection of actionable science-based climate information products in national GIS portals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked in conjunction with the US Department of the Interior to develop the Climate Mapping for Resilience Adaptation portal for communities to understand real-time climate data and take action.

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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