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News Roundup — November 2017

How does GIS give you a competitive advantage? How can you use ArcGIS to deter crime and build safer communities? Find out these and more in the November News Roundup.

Feature Stories

November’s App of the Month: St. John’s Mapcentre
Providing residents with access to quick, ready-to-use geospatial data in an interactive way delivers many benefits for both city staff and residents. Read this blog post and discover how the City of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador increases transparency by giving the public access to municipal information through an interactive map.  

Beyond ROI: Building a competitive advantage with GIS
Value is great, but competitive advantage is better. Go beyond ROI and look at your economic moats.

Branham Group innovates list of top tech companies in Canada with maps
Branham Group is the analyst firm behind the Branham300, an annual report that ranks public and private information and communications technology (ICT) providers in Canada. Find out how Branham enhanced its report with interactive maps.

Is migrating your enterprise ArcGIS systems to the cloud the right choice?
Your organization currently has a successful deployment of ArcGIS for managing and supporting its diverse business operations. However, like all good managers, you are always looking for ways to reduce costs plus improve the agility, scalability and flexibility of your ArcGIS services. Is now the time to consider migrating your ArcGIS deployment to the cloud?

Community Maps Updates

In late October, the basemaps in ArcGIS Online were updated with content from many Canadian contributors. Five communities from across the country contributed updated imagery and another eight provided topographic basemap updates. Read more about these updates.

Esri Canada News

Brampton Wins Award for Making Public Information More Accessible Using GIS
October 18, 2017

INAC Recognized for Innovative Land Management Tool for Indigenous Peoples
October 12, 2017

Esri News

Native American Tribes Share Their Perspectives on GIS in New Esri Book
October 24, 2017

Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond to Discuss Earth Observations in the Commercial Sector at GEO Week
October 18, 2017


ArcNorth News: Driving Digital Transformation with GIS
The fall issue of ArcNorth News is now available.  Read stories on how The Science of Where is transforming organizations that blend geospatial technology into their workflows and processes. The result is greater efficiency, productivity and cost-effectiveness.

WhereNext Magazine: Commerce as a Crime Deterrent
WhereNext is Esri’s new digital magazine. This article by Marianne Kantor, Esri’s chief marketing officer, highlights how researchers combine location analytics, business closure data and crime statistics to illuminate an interesting truth. Using open data and location analytics, two researchers discovered something interesting about the effect of retail establishments on local crime rates.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast Series: The Power of Spatial Analytics for Social Good and Humanitarian Missions
The goal of the series is to help executives and leaders in industry and government understand how modern GIS technology enables digital transformation and drives growth. In this featured podcast, Andrew Schroeder, co-founder of WeRobotics, explains how advanced spatial analytics accelerates the delivery of aid.

Image Submission Portals for EPC and FedGIS Now Open

Submit images for either the Esri Partner Conference (EPC) or Esri Federal GIS Conference (FedGIS), and you might have your work selected to be showed by Jack Dangermond at events. In 2018, both conferences will take place in March – EPC is March 3-5, and FedGIS is March 20-21. Submit your images via the portals below.

2018 EPC Image Submissions
2018 FedGIS Image Submissions


Ryan Prox, Vancouver Police
The Vancouver Police is the first police department in Canada to use machine learning to create predictive policing technology using an application that uses Esri mapping technology called GeoDash. With this innovation in crime forecasting, they saw a decrease in residential break and enters each month.