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News Roundup – November 2021

How are Bell and Esri Canada working together to deliver smart city capabilities to communities across Canada? What did the City of Kingston need to build the app that helps their residents and staff alike see snowplow activity at a glance? And how is a history project based in Annapolis, Nova Scotia using mapping to connect community members to the area’s cultural history? Learn more in the November News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: Kingston’s Snowplow Tracker
November’s App of the Month is the City of Kingston’s Snowplow Tracker, an interactive map that shows snowplow activity. The app helps people in Kingston navigate their community in wintertime with ease by letting them know which roads are cleared of snow, while also helping City staff understand the current state of their snowplows across Kingston.

November’s Map of the Month: LiDAR for Vegetation Management
November’s Map of the Month, “LiDAR for Vegetation Management”, inspires a curated collection of outside-of-the-box applications of LiDAR as well as a breakdown of how LiDAR data can be brought into ArcGIS to create digital twins.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 2 | Episode 4: Mapping History in Nova Scotia
Mapannapolis is a non-profit that maps local cultural history, but this is not a traditional group of historians. It’s a silo-busting, cross-discipline, award-nominated group that uses GIS to map structures, graveyards and churches to understand their community better. Guan talks to one of their founders, Heather LeBlanc, about how Mapannapolis works and what it means to the residents of Annapolis, NS.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here.

Introducing the Integrated Smart City Ecosystem, powered by Bell and Esri
Read this post to learn more about the partnership between Bell and Esri Canada to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) smart city capabilities to communities across Canada.

City of Mississauga – Leading the way in Parcel Mapping in Canada
The City of Mississauga is the first organization in Canada to implement the ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric. Check out this ArcGIS StoryMaps story exploring Mississauga’s modernization journey and how they moved their land records to Esri technology from a CAD-based environment.

Public safety: The future is so bright I have to wear shades
Did you know that the average person spends over 80% of their life indoors? Read about our November 2 virtual seminar on connected communities and how indoor mapping can help public safety agencies better respond to emergency calls.

5 tips on how to advance search for content in the Living Atlas
Looking to go beyond the basic search filters available in the Living Atlas? Esri Canada’s Living Atlas curator, Farah Hoque, showcases five advanced searching techniques that will help you find what you need faster.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

Esri News

Esri Partners with The Ray to Map Solar Energy Hot Spots
October 20, 2021

Esri Releases ArcGIS GeoBIM, Bringing Spatial Context to AEC Operations
October 5, 2021


ArcUser: South Korean City Uses a Digital Twin to Meet Challenges
Incheon, South Korea is using a digital twin to become a truly smart city by using its geospatial infrastructure to engage its agencies and the public to help meet challenges, both present and future.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Caribbean GeoPortal Builds Local GIS Capacity and Inspires Collaboration
Learn about the new Caribbean GeoPortal. A nerve center of improving GIS capabilities in the Caribbean, the GeoPortal is a collaborative, multi-organization project. It seeks to support work all across the region, especially during responses to natural hazards, and to be a resource to organizations as they prepare for a more resilient and sustainable future.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: What’s behind the Phrase “Available in Select Locations”?
What’s behind menus that change by location, or prices that differ in select markets? Often, a sophisticated brand of location intelligence is at work. Learn more in this WhereNext article by retail subject matter expert Gary Sankary.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Technology Priorities in the Government CIO Office
Teri Takai, vice president of the Center for Digital Government and former CIO for the states of Michigan and California, describes the rise of geospatial technology and location intelligence in governance. Esri CMO Marianna Kantor investigates the role of CIOs in driving sustainability, efficiency and modernization initiatives in state and local government.

Video: Esri User Conference 2021 – Tennessee State Parks: COVID-19 Response & Long-Term Impacts
As part of the Environment & Natural Resources Special Interest Group meeting at the 2021 Esri User Conference, Tennessee State Parks shared how their COVID-19 response work has fueled their web and mobile GIS initiatives moving forward. They explain how they developed GIS solutions during the pandemic to make data-driven decisions, and also describe how a leadership dashboard built within their Web GIS is helping them provide transparency and track progress toward collective goals.

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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