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SDI Events Roundup – March 2016

In this roundup, get a summary of GeoAlliance Canada’s Map to the Future event; learn about the new information management strategy for policing in Canada; and access videos from the Esri Federal GIS Conference. Learn about upcoming SDI events including the Canadian Open Data Summit.

GeoAlliance Canada summarizes results of Calgary Map to the Future event

GeoAlliance Canada organized the Map to the Future event in Calgary which was attended by nearly 100 participants. The event was held to achieve two key outcomes, and GeoAlliance Canada is very pleased with the results. The objectives were to: validate and reinforce GeoAlliance Canada’s mandate by identifying the key opportunities and risks for both individual organizations and the community created by the formation of an umbrella organization; and generate and evaluate project concepts for consideration as pilot projects. There’s no doubt that there is a lot of work to do, but difficult questions remain about how to prioritize the proposed actions, how to allocate resources and who should take on what items.

Canadian Chiefs of Police announces new strategy for improving information sharing

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The Canadian Chiefs of Police have created a new strategy for policing in Canada called The Canadian Community Safety Information Management Strategy (CCSIMS). The strategy documents the goals and identifies key national priorities to enhance governance, planning, technology, training and exercises to promote information management in Canada. The CCSIMS, through its Action Plans, provides a series of action items, including milestones, to help emergency responders and relevant government officials make measurable improvements in day-to-day operations, as well as emergency communications, on an annual basis. Esri Federal GIS Conference session videos now available

At the recent Esri Federal GIS Conference, participants were able to explore the future of GIS and hear from accomplished federal government leaders about their groundbreaking projects and roadmaps to success. Esri technical experts were also available to show attendees advances in GIS technology and how they can use the latest tools.

Michael Goodchild receives Award for Creativity in Geography

Digital maps and apps have become so ubiquitous that many of us would be lost without them. The technology we now take for granted can be credited, in large part, to the vision and creativity of geographers who imagined its potential. University of California Santa Barbara geographer Michael Goodchild helped transform the discipline and move it into the 21st century. In recognition of his accomplishments, the American Association of Geographers has presented Goodchild with the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography.

Upcoming Events

Canadian Open Data Summit 2016
April 28, 2016
Saint John, NB

National Surveyor’s Conference
May 4-6, 2016
Edmonton, AB

URISA – BeSpatial 2016
May 4, 2016
Mississauga, ON

Canadian Hydrographic Conference
May 16-19, 2016
Halifax, NS

CCA 2016 Conference – Imagery to Map
June 7-9, 2016
Winnipeg, MB

37th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
June 7-9, 2016
Winnipeg, MB

TECNOVATE16 – Where Innovation Happens
June 22, 2016
Calgary, AB

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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