What were the highlights of the recent International Open Data Conference in Ottawa? Which town in Alberta is planning to use GIS to deliver open data? Find out in this month’s collection of the latest and most significant SDI news, data, products and events.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in Canada and globally in the world of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). This June 2015 post is a collection of the latest and most significant SDI news, data, products and events.
The International Open Data Conference (IODC) brought open data experts from six continents before a capacity crowd under the theme “Enabling the Data Revolution.” Treasury Board President Tony Clement spoke about the future of open data, highlighting its value as a largely untapped, yet priceless commodity that can lead to increased innovation, job creation and economic expansion. The conference capped a full week of open data events that included the first Open Data Research Symposium, the Open Data Unconference and the Canadian Open Data Summit.
The Infrastructure and Information Services group at the City of Calgary has released this YouTube video that describes the beta version of the City’s online maps. The maps present various data such as weed control information, traffic incidents, road construction, road cameras, walking tours and historical buildings. The Web map site is now available and is mobile device friendly.
The Halifax Regional Municipality launched an open data portal in the fall of 2014 using ArcGIS Open Data. Thanks to a groundswell of support that rallied people from across the municipality—from entrepreneurs, to activists, to municipal councillors—public data is now accessible through a searchable, easy-to-use online catalogue at no charge.
To date, Canadians best know the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as the operator of the dot-ca domain. But now, the non-profit hopes to operate many other top level domains on behalf of Canadian municipalities – perhaps domains like .Toronto, .Montreal, and .Vancouver. CIRA unveiled its pitch to Canadian cities at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting.
The intelligence community and military services have an imperative to share geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) across domains. Today's environment necessitates a quicker pace to the sharing of both raw and processed intelligence, and places a premium on integration. Geography and GIS are an ideal platform for the integration of GEOINT, and the goal is to get as close to real time as possible.
The W3C has released a document on best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) now has more than 174 million resources discoverable on its portal thanks to interoperability arrangements with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Switzerland), ESA Federated Earth Observation Pilot (European Commission) Chile Geoportal, Geoscience Australia, the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information in France and DigitalGlobe (US).
StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS North America HERE (formerly NAVTEQ) enhanced street dataset is now available. The dataset provides routing, geocoding and high-quality cartographic display for countries in North America using ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server. It has over a million additional street features.
The Peace River Town Council in Alberta discussed details on how they plan to be more proactive about using the Town’s GIS. More information, such as properties, fire hydrants, water breaks and sewer back-ups, is being added to the system and will be made available to administration staff to increase efficiency. The public will also be able to access some of the information.
Esri and Safe Software have paired to develop and openly share a Common Information Model (CIM) template for data exchange. The template demonstrates one approach to translating network data from an Esri ArcGIS database into CIM XML format. The XML can then be shared with other internal and external enterprise systems.
Take a peek at the attractive new look of the story maps Web site. Check out the My Stories tab where you can see all your story maps in one place, check them for errors and see how many views they're getting.
Following a successful colloquium in 2014 entitled “Using the Retrospective Approach to Mine for GIS Nuggets”, Dr. Barry Wellar, with support from Esri, has organized this applied research seminar to be held during the 2016 Esri Federal GIS Conference. It will further investigate the idea of using the retrospective approach to mine “the literature” for GIS nuggets.
As an introduction to the world of Web maps, the Penn State Geography Department made concept maps of a list of Web mapping and campus mapping-focused terms. Nearly all of these terms were completely new to students.
Interoperability and openness are often interconnected. The ArcGIS platform is designed to help our users be interoperable with other GIS and IT systems and enable them to openly share their data and work. Learn how ArcGIS supports open and protected source, open standards and open data.
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- Saskatchewan's premises identification database for livestock now available
- Hacktivist group temporarily takes down Canadian federal sites
- Paul Scarponcini receives OGC’s Gardels Award
- OGC seeks public comment on SensorThings API standard for Internet of Things
- UN-GGIM video: Everything that happens, happens somewhere
- Building sustainable GIS management with URISA's GIS Capability Maturity Model
- Czech Republic electric utility cuts 84,000 workdays with Web GIS permitting application
- Story map outlines the history of Esri Canada
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.More Content by Gordon Plunkett