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Posted on August 31, 2017
I recently returned to Hamilton after five years of teaching at a Washington DC university, taking a paid partial-sabbatical at the end of my contract. Unfortunately the time off gave me too much opportunity to watch the dreaded television set.  Some recent commercials I saw on Canadian TV reminded me of the course in cartography I took at the University of Toronto in the early 1980s (when we used pen and ink, before they offered “computer cartography”). When I was an undergrad Huff’s 1954 classic “How to Lie with Statistics” was required reading in stats classes and the late great Prof.  Bill Dean sometimes pointed out...
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Posted on August 17, 2017
Join the Canadian geospatial community as we welcome new and returning students to our sector.  This year we are proud to announce that 12 groups are hosting Back to School Events.  We hope that  you, your company or organisation can join us at these fun free networking events. Click the Meetup Info links below for detailed information about your local event. Last year over 400 people participated in the socials. These are the most popular networking events in Canada for our sector. We get together for drinks and conversation and build a stronger geomatics sector one connection at a time. It's the role of good and effective...
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Posted on August 10, 2017
The Breaking News Last year, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists announced that a year prior, one of their members (Süddeutsche Zeitung) had been sent the contents of a massive leak from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. This leak revealed that for years the firm had been helping people and companies all around the world avoid taxes by channeling wealth through overseas shell companies, most notably in the British Virgin Islands and Bahamas. The clients came from over 100 countries, including Canada. CBC and the Toronto Star are the two Canadian members of the ICIJ and both produced some stories in the...
A team of really intelligent squirrels and I have been working on the new GoGeomatics magazine. I'm taking a break from the work, and the squirrels, to get nostalgic about how GoGeomatics Canada got to where we are. What is GoGeomatics today? We have 12 GoGeomatics networking groups and have hosted 300+ networking events. On the magazine we are close to publishing our one thousandth Canadian geomatics article.  We've worked with over a hundred Canadian geomatics organizations posting their jobs, news and events. Our Canadian Spatial Times newsletter has over 7,000 subscribers. The annual Back to School Socials are now on their fourth...
GoGeomatics Canada has built a thriving geospatial community by creating networking opportunities for our participants. We achieve this by holding free informal monthly networking events at pubs across Canada. You can join us at any of these cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough and Area, Toronto and Vancouver. These monthly socials are free and open to everyone from all areas of geomatics – business owners, professionals, students, and job seekers. We discuss geospatial related topics such as jobs, careers, technologies, remote sensing, surveying, and...
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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 –...
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Posted on December 13, 2016
Recently, I read an article about the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) that seeks to explain why the CGDI, among many things, is relevant. While the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) who is in charge of the CGDI have updated it to reflect changes to the Government of Canada's own Open Data infrastructure, the CCMEO only offers a small glimpse of what's on offer for Geospatial Open Data in Canada. Right now,  there are few resources discussing the various open data offerings covering Canada. Of the few that exist many are either poorly engineered, out of date, or sometimes both.  I’m providing a...
When construction began on Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in 2001, the spectacular natural surroundings belied a particularly difficult problem for the construction companies tasked with erecting the 107-meter tall hotel tower. Situated directly near the waterworks of Niagara Falls on the Ontario side of the river, Fallsview Casino is located on a 23-acre site overlooking both Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Looking to take full advantage of the utterly unique scenery, the Falls Management Company (FMC) mandated that each of the building’s 374 rooms offered guests a clear view of the landmark waterfalls below. The design...
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Posted on October 5, 2016
Last month the Canadian geomatics community came together to celebrate the start of the new school year by welcoming new and returning students to college and universities across Canada.  Over 450 people came out to our 2016 Back to School GoGeomatics socials across Canada. With the help of our sponsors we had the largest and most successful set of events since we began to host socials across the country.  We also have new groups starting up! It is people that make up a community. If you come to our networking events you will find that "Canada's Geomatics Community" has a lot of great people in it.  Our thanks go to the 450...
The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG), Gold-level sponsor of the 2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials, is happy to announce that all full-time students who attend one of the GoGeomatics Socials this month, will receive a free one-year CIG membership! CIG initiatives, which include scholarship programs, 6 geomatics certification programs, our publication ‘Geomatica', and events in our 8 local branches, are here to support geomatics students and young professionals.CIG represents hundreds of geomatics professionals across the country and is looking to increase its relevance for students and young professionals. “Geomatics...
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