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SDI Snapshot – February 2017

Read the February SDI Snapshot to discover how STARS enhances public safety with ArcGIS, and learn how Statistics Canada’s GeoSearch makes it easy to find census data.   

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Canada and globally in the world of spatial data infrastructures (SDI). This February 2017 post is a collection of the latest and most significant SDI news, data and products.

SDI News

Esri Canada Community Maps Program: Why more communities need to take advantage of this

GoGeomatics recently published an article on Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program (CMP), which is an online system allowing organizations to share and host geographic data.  The platform is a public-facing web application, which uses a web map user interface  to produce maps using a combination of public and private data sources. The system also features cloud-based GIS, which provides data storage on a secure server – allowing organizations with no servers to have the same capabilities as organizations with servers.

Statistics Canada updates web application for finding statistical data

GeoSearch is an interactive mapping application that makes it easy to find geographic areas in Canada where census data is available. To find a specific place of interest, users can click and zoom in on a map of Canada, search by place name, or postal code. Links to data products, analytical products and maps that are available for the selected area are listed below the map.

STARS enhances public safety in the Prairies with ArcGIS

Discover how Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) enhanced operations at its Emergency Link Centre with Esri’s ArcGIS technology. STARS developed a dynamic web mapping application that allows its dispatchers to access up-to-date and complete information about an emergency, so they can direct resources more effectively and increase patients’ chances of survival.

Utilities Kingston goes real time with mobile GIS

As part of its distinct multi-utility model—delivering water, wastewater, natural gas and electricity services—Utilities Kingston provides safe and reliable gas services to nearly 15,000 customers in Kingston, Ontario. Recently, Utilities Kingston switched from a paper process to a mobile GIS solution for gas meter inspections and replacements. The utility collected key data not previously available—such as unique meter IDs and information on meters that serve multiple addresses.

Esri’s “Science of Where” articulates the company’s mission to make the world a better place

Jack Dangermond shared Esri's renewed emphasis on the company’s brand, its meaning and its promise. Esri’s long history, values and mission is captured in a new tagline, "The Science of Where," which represents the company’s essence.  The release of the transformational ArcGIS 10.5 software is just the beginning of the next generation of GIS. It’s the first step in simplifying “The Science of Where” work of users everywhere.  

SDI Data

GoGeomatics provides list of geospatial open data resources in Canada

Currently, there are few sites available that list open geospatial data resources in Canada. Even the federal government effort only offers a small glimpse of what’s really available for geospatial open data. The few sites that do exist are either poorly engineered, out of date, or sometimes both.  In this article, GoGeomatics provides a snapshot of open geospatial data resources available across Canada.

New Brunswick releases 30,000 sq km of open LiDAR data

New Brunswick has released 30,000 sq km of open LiDAR data, covering approximately 40% of the province. An ongoing program to collect the rest of the province will add even more data, with complete coverage in 2019.

NGA releases largest collection of Arctic elevation data at Esri FedGIS Conference

The ArcticDEM project is an ongoing collaboration between the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Polar Geospatial Center and Esri to produce high-resolution elevation models to support scientific and national security implications in the Arctic. Coupled with the accessibility of Esri's online platform, ArcticDEM can meet the need for high-quality elevation data in remote locations and provide accurate measurement of topographic changes.

Esri and USGS release the first truly 3D map of world's oceans

Human survival on Earth depends on the ocean, yet much of the ocean’s geography is still a mystery. That’s why Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) led an innovative public-private partnership to create the Ecological Marine Units (EMUs), a 3D representation of the world's oceans. The EMUs are big data composed of a point mesh framework of approximately 52 million global ocean measurements, which  were collected over a 50-year period.

SDI Products

DigitalGlobe announces launch of web-based imagery access service

DigitalGlobe announced the launch of a new product, SecureWatch, optimized for international defence and intelligence customers. SecureWatch is a web-based subscription service that gives organizations access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading 7 billion sq. km. imagery library and millions of square kilometres of daily image collections. Subscribers can stream images to image exploitation software, such as Esri’s ArcGIS, or they can download them for use in offline workflows.

Greater analysis and collaboration with the release of ArcGIS 10.5

The recent release of ArcGIS 10.5 provides new capabilities that enhance analytics and problem-solving and make it easier to connect to and integrate many types of enterprise data with ArcGIS. The most significant change with the 10.5 release of ArcGIS is ArcGIS Enterprise, which is the new name of the ArcGIS for Server product family that includes ArcGIS GIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store and ArcGIS Web Adaptor. ArcGIS Enterprise takes Esri server software to a whole new level, with new and enhanced features. 


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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