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Posted on November 10, 2017
The Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) was founded in 1975 with the aim to promote interest in maps and cartographic materials, deepen the understanding and knowledge of maps by encouraging research in the field of cartography, advance education in cartography and use of maps and in current terms to embrace digital / internet mapping along with Geographic Information Science. Passionate about maps and map making? Membership is open to anyone with an interest in any aspect of mapping and members are drawn from the ranks of government, private sector, colleges, universities and the general public. Being a member gives you access to...
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Posted on March 7, 2017
Awareness for climate change has been steadily increasing ever since the Green Revolution in the 1960s. There is a plethora of data, maps, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications available freely or accessible to the general public. Throughout my time at school and at work, I have come across various maps and applications regarding GIS and climate change, and in this article I have ranked the top ten that stand out to me. In this ranking, I have considered: user-friendly interface, accurate data usage and whether it meets basic cartographic standards. The following are my top ten climate change maps and GIS...
This is the first of two articles on the release of ParcelMap BC Data, which we see as a significant event in the movement towards Open GIS Data in Canada. This month we’ll cover the background and take a quick look at what type data is available in the dataset. In our next article, we’ll take a deeper dive into the structure of the data and metadata, and provide an example or two of ways to use it, along with some suggestions for possible future applications. On November 9, 2016 the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) and the BC Government announced the start of a program to release ParcelMap BC (PMBC) data,...
I have studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in both Canada and China. Last summer I completed my master in geography at University of Waterloo. In this article I will draw upon my experiences in China and Canada to say something interesting about both education systems. I hope you find it interesting. Similarities Between China & Canada The academic requirements for an undergraduate student to major in geomatics are quite similar in both countries. These requirements are related to the basics of geomatics. Most candidates need to complete science courses such as mathematics and science in high-school to do well. Moreover,...
Interested in how to conduct different types of spatial exposure assessments for air pollution or other exposures to a population?  PHDA04: Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection is a great place to start. Exposure assessment is the study of human contact with some agent in the environment, be it chemical, physical, biological or social substance or process. Exposure assessment examines the mechanisms and dynamics of these events and how they may relate to health outcomes in a target population. Spatial exposure assessment is one of nine weekly learning modules in which students learn the intricacies of spatial exposure...
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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...
Is neighbourhood socioeconomic status associated with pediatric and childhood injuries? Are such injuries clustered in space? How can I model the spatial dependence in pediatric and childhood injuries in order to help policy makers develop effective and targeted prevention strategies to reduce injury occurrences in high risk areas? The above is but one example of the type of research questions addressed by students taking the Spatial Epidemiology and Disease Outbreak Detection course offered within the suite of the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PSC in PHDA). Population health research is...
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Posted on July 19, 2016
The geospatial community has been "abuzz" since a game called called "Pokémon Go" landed on cell phones in Australia and New Zealand.  Yesterday the game became available in Canada for download on the Google Play Store. Being tremendously fortunate, I have no boss to tell me playing Pokémon Go is not, in fact, real geomatics work. So I like millions of others have downloaded the app and begun to play.  You will recognize players in your neighborhood as we have our heads down looking at our phones and seem to be swiping madly at our screens. This is a game that uses geomatics to bridge the real world with the digital world. The...
Last week I was among an interesting group of  participants and presenters who came together to discuss Big Data (June 1st, 2016).  The day long event was framed as an exploration of "Big Data: Technology and Applications."  The event was put on by the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Institute  of Geomatics (CIG).  At first, not being terribly familiar with "Big Data,"  I wasn't sure what to expect from the day. The first speaker to the podium was Greg Richards who is the MBA Program Director at the University of Ottawa.  He kicked us off with: "What is Big Data? Why does it matter? Who uses it?"  Geoff Zeiss was sitting to my...
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