SDI Events Roundup – November 2016

December 5, 2016 Gordon Plunkett

Read a recap of URISA’s 54th Annual GIS-Pro Conference in Toronto and find out upcoming SDI events in the November 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.

An afternoon with Jack Dangermond

Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond provided Australian audiences with a rare insight into the vision driving his GIS empire. He also shared his advice for getting the most from Esri’s world-leading technology – the ArcGIS platform. The event marked Jack's first Australian speaking appearance in almost a decade. He was joined on the day by other leading technology evangelists.

URISA’s 54th Annual GIS-Pro Conference concludes in Toronto

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) recently held its annual GIS-Pro conference in Toronto. The conference drew over 350 participants, with some 200 from Canada and most of the remainder from the United States. In one of the conference highlights, Esri Canada Founder and President Alex Miller was inducted to the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.

Intelligent Cities Summit: Welcome to the Smart City

A city is really just a collection of things: streets, buildings, people, services, wires, pipes and laws. The Internet of things puts sensors in all sorts of places and devices, and those systems communicate and share data to produce interesting outcomes. The Intelligent Cities Summit, which was staged recently in Toronto, sought to understand how these technologies could be used to help the cause of urbanism.

Recorded Webinar: GSDI Coastal/Marine SDI Best Practice (registration required)

The Global SDI Association is engaged in a project investigating Coastal/Marine SDI Best Practice. Research on marine information geoportals started in 2014 and several workshops have been conducted on Marine SDI Best Practice. This webinar is the first in a series of this topic that will be held throughout 2017. This first webinar introduces the main Marine SDI concepts, challenges and identified best practice in various countries.

Upcoming Events

12th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2016)
December 5-9, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canada’s First International UAV Show
December 6-7, 2016
Toronto, Ontario

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
December 12-16, 2016
San Francisco, California, USA

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

Geodesign Summit 2017
January 24-26, 2017
Redlands, California, USA

Esri Federal GIS Conference
February 13-14, 2017
Washington, DC

National Surveyors Conference
March 1-2, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About the Author

Gordon Plunkett

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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