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News Roundup – March 2024

How is GIS technology being used to better understand lichen communities? How did the 2023 North American Indigenous Games use geospatial applications to support the management of this 5000-person sporting event? How is the City of Saskatoon using a geospatial application to tell stories about public artwork in the City? Learn more in the News Roundup for March 2024.

Feature Stories

Map of the Month: Watersheds within the Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territory
The shared Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territories in northern Ontario are home to the nine member First Nation communities of the Matawa Tribal Council. This map shows the magnitude of water within the homelands, communicating the powerful message that “Water is Life” while supporting Matawa’s Anishinaabemowin language revitalization goals. The focus at Four Rivers, Matawa’s environmental services group, is to deliver innovative solutions with community vision and values at the core.

Geographical Thinking: Season 4 | Episode 10: Decoding Nature's Tiny Architects
Imagine a landscape where lichens are not just tiny patches on rocks and branches, but vibrant characters in a complex ecological story. In this episode of Geographical Thinking, host Michelle Brake talks with Miranda Frison, a master's student looking to uncover the hidden intricacies of lichen communities.

Listen to the latest episode of Geographical Thinking here. 

Transforming planning of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games using GIS
The 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), held from July 15–23, 2023 in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia, brought together over 5,000 Indigenous youth athletes, coaches and team staff from 756+ Indigenous Nations for a historic celebration of culture and sports. Discover how advanced mapping technology transformed the planning and management of this monumental sporting event.

How GIS is helping rural British Columbia communities get better connected
The Strathcona Regional District provides services to over 48,000 residents in north central Vancouver Island, Discovery Islands and mainland area inlets. The Strathcona RD, along with partner CityWest Telecommunications, is working to improve connectivity to 139 rural and remote communities along BC’s west coast and is using GIS applications to help bridge the digital divide.

Good data makes good cities
Cities have always been products of group innovation and collaboration. Teams of planners, designers, builders and residents work together to build livable neighbourhoods and strong communities. But we’re not building fast enough.

From Canvas to Coordinates: Mapping Saskatoon’s Public Artwork
ArcGIS StoryMaps helps communities tell and showcase their stories. The City of Saskatoon uses ArcGIS StoryMaps to showcase their public artwork located throughout the city.

Advance your team’s skill development in 2024
Now that the new year is well under way, you’re likely thinking about ways to advance your team in 2024. But how are we meant to increase our teams’ productivity, keep up with rapid changes in technology and align team members’ development with organizational business goals—all while keeping within tight training budgets?

Esri News

Esri Releases New Landsat Satellite Data App to View and Analyze Land Changes
February 13, 2024

New Esri Book Showcases the Power of Geospatial Collaboration to Manage and Solve Complex Problems
February 13, 2024

Esri Recognizes Partners for Achievement in US Federal Government Market
February 13, 2024


ArcUser: Tribes in Brazil Fight Wildfires with Indigenous Knowledge
The Indigenous people of Brazil have managed their fire-prone landscapes for millennia using controlled burns. Now, more than 700 Indigenous firefighters who work for Brazil’s National Center for Wildfire Prevention and Suppression (Prevfogo) are starting to use smart maps and apps to share their know-ledge of the forest to protect it from destructive wildfires.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: Sightsavers Uses ArcGIS Pro to Expand Trachoma Treatment in Kenya
Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of vision loss and blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In Kenya, the disease is highly prevalent due to inadequate water access, poor sanitation, and limited health care, especially in rural and remote areas. Sightsavers, an NGO and participant in the Esri Nonprofit Program, is using ArcGIS technology to help Kenya’s Ministry of Health identify gaps in the distribution of antibiotics that prevent trachoma transmission.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online. 

WhereNext Magazine: On-Site with a Construction Industry Digital Twin
One multinational construction firm has enlisted GIS software and other tech to improve building projects by coordinating daily activities and accelerating project delivery.

Video: GIS: From Awe to Action - Indigenous Stewardship - Anishinabek Nation
Learn how Anishinabek Nation uses geographic information system technology to empower Indigenous communities and shape mining stewardship.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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