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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...
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Posted on July 18, 2017
It's been a while since I wrote an article about finding work in GIS and geomatics,  so I thought I’d take some time and put pen to paper. As a career coach for GIS and geomatics one of the first questions I get from job seekers is: How do I find GIS or survey work? The most common method to obtain employment the world over is by applying to advertised positions. This is also true for GIS jobs in Canada. It's an effective way to find work because you know there is a job available and that the company is hiring for it. The down side is that everybody else who is looking for a geospatial job is doing the same thing, so the...
The 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association was held, May 31st thru June 2nd, at Carleton University. Inspired by the 150th birthday of Canada, the guiding theme of this year’s conference was “150 Years of Cartography: Past, Present and Future”. The venue for the conference was the Richcraft Hall, formerly known as the River Building at Carleton University. The Hall, with its signature open space and beautiful patio overlooking the Rideau River, formed an excellent venue for a well-attended conference with students, researchers, educators, and professionals from different levels of government and the...
It is hard to believe that six years has gone by and over 1000 articles have been provided by GoGeomatics, but that is the case. I am honoured to have been one of the first to write for GoGeomatics.  And am even more honoured to be asked to write at its rebirth! (Editors note - Bob's first GG article can be found here) The “re-birth” (if I can call it that) of GoGeomatics embodies one of the truisms of our time and our field – one must continually evolve and re-think what the past has taught us if we are to be successful in the future. In geomatics much has changed – and more will change in the future. It has been said that...
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...
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Posted on April 20, 2017
GoGeomatics has swept aside the curtain to reveal Masroor Hussain, Senior Scientist and Software Developer at PCI Geomatics, as the mystery guest speaker for the April 25th GoGeomatics social in Ottawa. For weeks we at GoGeomatics have teased the 400 or so participants of our Ottawa Meetup group with the nature of our guest speaker and the topic. It's been a lot of fun as we received quite a few emails asking who the guest speaker would and some crazy guesses.  You would be surprised how many of our participants are interested in local companies as well as projects the Federal goverment has going on in Ottawa. We are pleased to...
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Posted on April 19, 2017
What is a data cube and how is it used for big data analytics?  How does a data cube work with remotely sensed data? Before writing this article I had never heard of a data cube nor the Google Earth Engine (GEE). What stirred my interest was the fact Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) had begun to engage with the Canadian geomatics community on creating a data cube of our own.  If you follow this link you will see the call for participation in a workshop, "CCRS in Ottawa: Big Geospatial Data Analytics Workshop" from late last year. It seems the Canadian government believes data cubes are important and wants us to have one of our...
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Posted on April 2, 2017
Saturday: April 29th - 9:15 AM Ottawa Library, Main Branch  Basement Conference Room 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa, Ontario We will be in the basement meeting room Price: CAD55.00per Person Email:  jmurphy@gogeomatics.ca to get your ticket. You can also Pay Online using our meetup Group for Ottawa This seminar offers practical and proven advice to help you make the most of your geospatial job search. This half day seminar will be useful to graduating students as well as seasoned professionals. The seminar is particularly focused on those seeking work in GIS, cartography, remote sensing, programming, and other related geospatial...
At the end of last month, John Wian hosted the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CANMAP Research Institute in Bridgetown. The CANMAP Research Institute was formed in the early 1980's by John, with input from Roger Tomlinson. John was Vice-Principal at the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI). At that time, there were few mechanisms for technical institutes to conduct applied research. John invented CANMAP (Canadian Applied Numerical Mapping Applications Project) to meet this need. Prior to assuming his administrative role, John had been a Cartography instructor, with an academic background in Geology. CANMAP completed a number...
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