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SDI Interesting Reads - January 2016

Which Canadian maps were included in Visualoop’s 100 Outstanding Interactive Maps of 2015? How does GIS map the way to smarter communities? Find out these and more in this month’s SDI Interesting Reads.

Get inspiration for your projects from this compilation of interesting articles, blog posts, maps and other resources related to Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).

100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015

Visualoop published a blog that shows the 100 interactive maps that stood out in 2015, among the hundreds featured every week on its Digital Cartography column. This was a year in which maps continued to be among the favourite–or at least, among the most used–visualizations leveraged by news portals and online publishers in general. Maps were a crucial part of the journalistic effort to clarify and inform what was really taking place in major events happening at a worldwide scale, from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, to historical elections in several countries. Outstanding Canadian maps included those from Vancouver, University of Victoria and Native land claims. The list concludes with Part 2 of the blog post, which includes several maps that use Esri technology such as this Global Migration Data map.

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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