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SDI Events Roundup – October 2016

Read a recap of the 2016 Back to School GoGeomatics socials across Canada and find out upcoming SDI events in the October 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.

Report on 2016 GoGeomatics Canada Back-to-School Socials

In September, the Canadian geomatics community came together to celebrate the start of the new school year by welcoming new and returning students to colleges and universities across Canada.  Over 450 people came out to the 2016 Back-to-School GoGeomatics socials across Canada. With the help of sponsors GoGeomatics had the largest and most successful set of events since they began to host socials across the country.  

New Zealand and global geospatial standards demystified

Standards make things work, like the Internet. Fortunately, there are standards for many things, keyboards, screens, hypertext markup language, domain names and the directory service that enables users to look up web sites without having to know the IP address. Recently, a workshop in New Zealand called “Standardising the power of where”, outlined common geospatial standards that are used in New Zealand and across the globe, including Canada.

GSDI Report from 5 October 2016, UN-GGIM Europe Meeting

The GSDI Association was represented at the 3rd Plenary meeting of the UN-GGIM Europe Regional Committee in Budapest, Hungary, on October 5th. The meeting was hosted by FÖMI (the institute for Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing), the Ministry of Agriculture and the HM GEOSZ (Geospatial Service of the Home Defense). 

Upcoming Events

URISA's 54th Annual Conference: GIS-Pro 2016
October 31-November 3
Toronto, Ontario

GeoAlliance Canada Annual General Meeting
November 3
Toronto, Ontario

GIS Day 2016
November 16

GSDI 15th World Conference
November 29-December 2
Taipei, Taiwan

12th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2016)
December 5-9
Winnipeg, Manitoba

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
December 12-16
San Francisco, California, USA

2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)
December 12-14
Reston, Virginia, USA

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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