Eager to share your best maps with the rest of the GIS community? The 2023 Map Calendar Contest closes on Friday, July 22, so don’t wait—polish your best maps and send them to us for a chance to be featured in 2023’s print calendar. To help you decide which maps to send, we’ve compiled this list of our focus areas for 2023.
Map themes we love
Every year, as part of the Map Calendar Contest, we release a set of themes to inspire participants. This year, we’re also sharing a wish list of six particular themes: customers are welcome to submit maps that don’t fit into these areas, but we’re specifically looking for maps that do.
Health & health care
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, we saw many organizations and GIS professionals turn to mapping as a means of visualizing the spread of COVID-19. Now, we’re looking for maps that focus on health care specifically.
How is your organization using maps to organize the delivery of medical services to individuals or to your community? How are you planning, delivering or analyzing health care in your region using GIS? What does your mapping show about health care in Canada or any region or municipality within it? Help us answer these questions by sending us your best maps.
The environment has been at the heart of Esri Canada’s mission since our founding. It continues to underpin our commitment to sustainable prosperity. Every year, we look for maps that showcase and enable the preservation of environmentally sensitive areas and species.
How are you using maps to help with conservation and sustainability efforts? Which of your maps has contributed to the fight against climate change? Those are the maps we want to see.
The Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program’s “A Focus on Drumheller, Vegetation Inventory” shows the concentration of over 5,000 shrubs and trees worth of urban forest in Drumheller, AB.
fRI Research’s “Bear Management Area 4, Clearwater Field Map” was used to help field crews set up and revisit hair snag sites for the 2018 Alberta grizzly bear population inventory.
Commercial businesses of all kinds use maps and spatial analysis to find out where their target markets are, to monitor change over time and to make location-based decisions about their operations. We want to see more maps that open a window onto businesses’ prosperity.
Environics Analytics’s “Site Suitability Analysis for Cannabis Retail Locations” is a heat map that identifies optimal locations for cannabis dispensaries in Toronto.
Environics Analytics’s “Retail Location 767 – Target Group Distribution” was developed for a retailer that wanted to find growth opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area without stealing business from its other locations.
Maps are used in education all the time, in all kinds of ways, not only to capture school locations and to map campuses, but also to share information with students or the public, or among academics. We would love to see more submissions that fit the education theme this year!
Alberta Health Services’ “Active Transportation and Air Pollution: Health Commute & Playground Use at Calgary Schools” investigates the location of schools in relation to air pollution and active transportation.
Lost Art Cartography’s “The Ancestral Landscape of Sikniktuk” shows one of the largest saltmarshes on the Atlantic coast, where Mi’kmaq have lived for millennia. The map uses cartography to educate viewers on the history of this saltmarsh.
Public safety agencies are always developing map products to help get services to people, when and where they are needed. Maps can help answer questions like: where are emergencies and crimes taking place? Where are existing safety resources in relation to them? Where are more resources needed?
Also falling within this theme is anything and everything pertaining to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). If your municipality is using maps as part of adapting its operations to the new system, we’d love to see them.
Upwest Geomatics’ “KDCFS Bjerkness/Kaslo/Shutty Landscape Level Wildfire Plan 2019” was developed in the wake of some of the largest and fiercest wildfires in recent British Columbia history. It supports fuel reduction projects as well as fire suppression strategies in the Kaslo/North Kootenay Lake area.
Alberta Health Services’ “Community Crime Counts Mapping with Social Deprivation Index: City of Calgary, 2018” depicts crime counts in the City of Calgary for 2018. The map attempts to identify whether the City’s social deprivation index values correlate with its crime counts.
An engaging visual is worth a thousand words! Planners, municipal services and community members are using maps to bring people together around common issues, whether that means gathering feedback during public consultations or directing residents to local services.
The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs’ “Public Consultation on the Operational Plan for Integrated Forest Management (PAFIO)” was produced to enable the public to express its opinions on the development and management of forests in Québec.
The Town of Truro—Planning & Development’s “Explore Central Map” was developed in response to COVID-19 to encourage people in Truro, NS to vacation at home.
Contest closes July 22
The 2023 Map Calendar Contest closes on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET, so make sure to get your submissions in soon! See the contest details.
This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.