About Darren

I will forever be learning. If there is such an affliction as Geographical ADHD then I have it. So many things interest me, some might say too many things. Viticulture, military history (1812, WWI and WWII), archaeology, remote sensing, urban planning. the list goes on and on... If you have the same affliction feel free to contact me... geospatialniagara@gmail.com

Posts by Darren

Posted on November 7, 2017
On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Geospatial Niagara had the privilege to attend and have a booth set up at the District School Board of Niagara's (DSBN) Parent Involvement Conference (PIC). This conference is an annual event that encourages members of the various Parent Involvement Committees of local schools to attend and take in workshops related to any number of challenges that students and parents face. These include not only academic challenges but also strategies around bullying or dealing with new technologies etc. Also included in the event is a vendor area where numerous organizations (for and non-profit) can promote their...
Posted on February 7, 2017
The GeoNiagara Radio Show seeks to engage and inform educators, students and the broader community about the relevance and importance of geography as a discipline and geo-literacy as an educational necessity in a world that is ever increasingly being informed and influenced by geospatial technologies and information. The currently monthly show is hosted by Geospatial Niagara Founder Darren Platakis and 4th Year Brock Geography student Rachel Jordan (RJ) on CFBU 103.7 FM – Brock University Student Radio Episode One of the GeoNiagara Radio show aired on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and featured an interview with Brock University –...
Posted on September 19, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016 marks the third annual Day of Geography, presented by Geospatial Niagara, Canada's contribution to Geography Awareness Week. This years theme is Exploring the Power of Parks which runs from November 13 to November 19. Geography Awareness Week also includes GIS Day on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. In the three years since Geospatial Niagara began Day of Geography we've seen the number of engagements with the site expand to include visitors from 149 countries and over 3000 cities worldwide. We've garnered over 800 "Likes" of the Day of Geography Facebook page and over 600 followers on Twitter, most of whom are...
Posted on July 24, 2016
It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since my post introducing Geospatial Niagara to GoGeomatics Canada readers. So much has happened since then that we're tremendously excited about. If you're not familiar with Geospatial Niagara, you can see the introduction article here. Now that there is a moment (however small) to breathe, I was encouraged to provide a little update. My thoughts are that doing so provides a two fold benefit. 1) It showcases the work that we're doing here in the Niagara region to promote community based geographic education and the use of geospatial technologies and information. Perhaps this will...
Posted on April 6, 2015
So much has happened with Geospatial Niagara since my last post, seven months ago. In this post, I’ll go over where we came from, where we are today, and what we have planned for the future. History of Geospatial Niagara Back in January 2013, I pulled together a roundtable discussion with representatives from academia, government, and education to highlight what I thought was an incredible opportunity to capitalize on the assets we have in Niagara with respect to geographic/geospatial education. At the close of that meeting I resolved, come hell or high water, to create, grow, build, and attract a geospatial economic sector in...
Posted on August 4, 2014
Back in January 2014, as I was catching up on episodes of the CRM Archaeology podcast hosted by Chris Webster, one topic they covered was the "Day of Archaeology". This instantly piqued my interest and I needed to find out more about it. After a little bit of investigation I was hooked on the concept. It really didn't take much convincing about how valuable such an event could be. After brief discussions with some friends and colleagues, I purchased some domains and "Day of Geography" was born. When is it? The "Day of Geography" will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014. This is the Monday of Geography Awareness Week. It would also...
Having Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences in your backyard doesn’t happen very often, and it’s a pretty big deal economically for any region that has the opportunity to host it. It seems that at this particular Congress, we were lucky enough to have a Geospatial/Environmental trifecta, having three associations of particular importance to the Geospatial community coming together: the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) and the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC). This might not happen again for a while – next year, CAG will be held at Simon Fraser...
So, what do you do when approximately 8,000 practitioners of the Humanities and Social Sciences domain converge at the university in your home town? Well… since it’s not every day when an event of this magnitude presents itself so close to home, you jump on it! Geospatial Niagara is proud to announce the Geographic Education Town Hall Meeting! Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Doors open at 5:30) Laura Secord Secondary School – James H. Smith Performing Arts Theatre 349 Niagara Street, St. Catharines, ON This town hall meeting has been scheduled to coincide with the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)...
Posted on March 6, 2014
Recently we, as geomatics practitioners, have witnessed much discussion and debate between colleagues and over a number of social media channels about the Canadian Geomatics Community Roundtable (CGCRT) and specifically the discussion draft of the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy. In a recent article written by Peter Sullivan for the CGCRT titled “Join Canada’s Surveyor General for a National Dialogue to Revitalize the Geomatics Community”, I stated in the comments section that I’ve never been so optimistic about the future of Geographic/Geospatial education in Canada but I’m also excited by the potential in the future of...
Posted on January 3, 2014
"The caravan thunders onward On my way at last, on my way at last I can't stop thinking big" - Neil Peart Hello everyone. After a number of starts and stops wondering what I'm going to write about (and how for that matter) I think I'm just going to try and plow through this post. I tend to overthink things sometimes and that can be more difficult to deal with than writer's block. It's been quite a long time since my last post for GoGeomatics Canada. Looking it up it was actually January 2, 2013, which in and of itself is hard to believe and I apologize for the extended absence. I guess 2013 could be summed up for me personally as a...