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SDI Events Roundup – February 2017

View the Esri Federal GIS Conference plenary session videos and find out about upcoming SDI events in the February SDI Events Roundup.

Here’s a roundup of events happening in Canada and globally, related to spatial data infrastructures (SDI). You’ll also find insightful reports from recently held SDI events that you may find useful for your own projects.

IHO Working Group makes MSDI a reality

Recently, the 8th IHO Marine SDI Working Group meeting was held in Vancouver and hosted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), which is part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The OGC Maritime Domain Working Group meeting took place the day prior to the MSDIWG-8. The IHO MSDI working group meeting was attended by 22 participants from nine counties.

Esri pushes digital technology to create 'system of systems'

One-minute earthquake warnings, flood prediction 15 days in advance and public development projects that incorporate social media feedback are on the horizon for cities, and not a far horizon, according to Esri president Jack Dangermond. Dangermond addressed urban planners from across the United States who were gathered in Redlands for the annual Geodesign Summit. The summit is based on the premise that “planning practices rooted in the 20th century may no longer be adequate” to build smart, liveable communities.

View the Esri Federal GIS Conference plenary session videos online

The Esri Federal GIS Conference took place in February in Washington, D.C. The conference consisted of plenary and technical presentations, panel discussions, special sessions and poster presentations. Topics discussed at the conference included implementing GIS in the cloud, best practices for web applications, mobile GIS, imagery and GIS, GIS for facilities management, best practices for mission applications, GIS for open government, building national SDIs and leveraging GIS as a collaborative platform. 

Upcoming Events

National Surveyors Conference
March 1-2, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Esri Developer Summit
March 7-10, 2017
Palm Springs, CA

ASPRS 2017 Annual Conference
March 11-17, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

URISA Ontario BeSpatial 2017 Conference
May 3, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS)
June 12-14, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta

Earth Observation (EO) Summit 2017
June 20-22, 2017
Montréal, Québec

Tecterra TECNOVATE 2017
June 21, 2017
Calgary, Alberta

About the Author

Gordon Plunkett is the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Director at Esri Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing in both the public and private sectors. He currently sits as a member of the Community Map of Canada Steering Committee, GeoAlliance Canada Interim Board of Directors, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Geomatics, the University of Laval Convergence Network Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board to the Carleton University Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. During his career, Gordon has worked on projects in more than 20 countries and has contributed to numerous scientific conferences and publications. At Esri Canada, he is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s SDI vision, initiatives and outreach, including producing content for the SDI blog.

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