10Aug
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A neatline isn’t the boss of you!

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A new blog by John Nelson shares a different perspective on neatlines by presenting historical map examples, and it also interprets a few techniques for creating similar maps. Read the full blog here to explore more: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-pro/mapping/a-neatline-isnt-the-boss-of-you/
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05Aug
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30 Best GIS Software Applications [Rankings] by GISGeography (May, 2022)

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The following article is opinion-based research finding that shares a sneak peek at the top GIS software packages the industry is adopting. The author used several ranking criteria to define the suitability of GIS applications, such as analysis, cartography, editing, imagery, innovation, and support. The article also included a few more criteria, such as interface, […]
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26Jul
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The High-Tech Future of Flood Fighting

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It’s another year in which flooding is on Manitoba’s mind. In May, communities along the Red River suddenly became islands after almost a month of weekly Colorado lows. Major highways were closed for weeks. Municipal roads were washed out. Residents were filling and placing sandbags. Every time it happens, policy makers and water management experts […]
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13Jul
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Spatial.AI Taxonomy – Geosocial Segmentation

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Location intelligence is vital to the success of any business that sells physical products or services. They rely on accurate location data to optimize distribution, plan site selection, and extract market insights. Spatial works with some of the largest companies to help them understand location performance. Using the results of these tests, Geosocial data has […]
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08Jul
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Top 100 Geospatial Companies – GeoAwesome List 2022

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What are the top geospatial companies in the world right now? Since 2016, GA has been compiling THE list of the top 100 geospatial companies in the world. The annual list is an essential source of information about companies that are utilizing geospatial data and tools to solve problems and is aimed to help our […]
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02Jul
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The State of GIS Jobs in 2022 – In demand roles, software, skills and more

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Andres Abeyta, Director of Bootcamp GIS, reports about the state of GIS jobs as he looks at what skills and experiences job seekers need. If you are thinking of entering the GIS field or progressing further with your career in GIS, then this report is sure to help!   Find it here: https://www.gislounge.com/the-state-of-gis-jobs-in-2022
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26Jun
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Collaboration in Earth Observation – NASA and ESA

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The following article is about NASA, ESA, Landsat, Sentinel, and the Power of Collaboration. It says, “The cooperation between such high-profile organizations incorporates a new level of transparency to tackle the difficult issues of our day such as climate change.” To know more about the benefits of collaboration in Earth Observation click the link here: […]
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08Jun
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What CEOs Need to Know About Deep Tech (and where GIS underlines it)

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“For most companies, the question of whether advanced technologies will disrupt their business is a matter of when, not if. A corollary question for incumbents is whether they will be drivers or casualties of the changes these technologies will enable. The biggest innovations are likely to come not from a single technology but from the […]
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31May
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Where Does All that Manitoba Floodwater Go?

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Given all the water that’s currently hitting the province, and in particular eastern Manitoba along the Winnipeg River Basin. Our College Melissa Turner Writes a blog post about it! https://www.modernmapdesign.com/blog/2022/5/31/k5xiurpsdjr39dlqpwzgbjxr6o7ht8
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31May
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Can GIS Help Ease Supply Chain Problems and Inflation?

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The article briefly discusses supply chain bottlenecks mapping using multi-criteria decision support systems. It points out that “spatial tools and GIS could offer a way to mitigate some of the impact of supply chains that are causing some of the high inflation prices, but longer-term we may need to think of new ways of configuring […]
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18May
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Accelerate your city’s digital transformation goals

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Bell and Esri partners for accelerating smart city transformations which will contribute towards achieving effective and efficient government services. Sounds interesting? Read details here: https://business.bell.ca/shop/medium-large/internet-of-things/smart-cities/integrated-ecosystem-esri
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18May
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How Satellite Data Helps Us Understand Climate Change

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Check out the following article to know more about the application of satellite data to understand climate change https://geoawesomeness.com/eo-hub/how-satellite-data-helps-us-understand-climate-change/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.company&utm_campaign=postfity&utm_content=postfity03441
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16May
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How to Become Data Scientist – A Complete Roadmap – GeeksForGeeks

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“According to the Harvard Business Review, Data Scientist is “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. Is this not enough to know more about data science! In the world of data space, the era of Big Data emerged when organizations are dealing with petabytes and exabytes of data. It became very tough for industries for the storage […]
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23Apr
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Geoethics – Ethics of Responsibility Towards the Earth

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Interested to learn more about Geo-Ethics? Check out this newly published book on Geo-ethics: – orients the concepts of geo-ethics and ethical problems and dilemmas in the Geosciences, – provides insights on anthropogenic global changes through the lenses of Geo-ethical thinking, – confers geo-ethics for an ecological humanism,   Includes geospatial components as well! Read […]
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18Apr
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Scientists Aim to Make a 3D Map of Entire World

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“Earth is changing faster than anyone can comprehend. Every day, more forests burn, more glaciers melt and more evidence of the world’s ancient cultures slips away.” Interesting article “short” on a non-profit’s initiative to catalogue the planet using LiDAR and hi-resolution imagery. Think of this not just as a ‘history book’, but instead as a rich […]
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15Apr
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Smart Cities: Are we creating solutions looking for problems?

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Interesting podcast outlining how in the search for tech driven hyperefficiency in cities may in fact be myopic, and end up ignoring more fundamental geospatially driven issues. Listen to the full clip here: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/5/20/are-we-creating-solutions-looking-for-problems-md2020
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27Mar
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Future Computers Will be Radically Different – Veritasium

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Computers as we know in the modern era are almost entirely digital, and we’ve based their entire architecture around the bit system. When it comes to processing imagery and data there are aspects that, in fact, do have disadvantages against analog methods. In terms of the Data Sci and Geospatial domain, the relevant takeaways here […]
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12Mar
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State of Climate Tech 2021 Report – The Increasing Business Importance of GIS in Climate Adaptation

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Climate and earth observation, driven by satellite and micro-sensor data collection, is beginning to provide the data necessary to help global decarbonization efforts, further protect the environment and achieve broader sustainable development aims. The surge in net zero commitments from governments, investors, and businesses over the last 18 months has helped establish the business case […]
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10Mar
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Information Governance vs. Data Governance: What’s the difference?

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In this increasingly digital age, the line between data and information is blurred, and for those working to govern and manage data and information, this can add complexity to an already complex task.   Full article here: https://armacanada.org/home/information-governance-vs-data-governance-whats-the-difference-and-why-does-it-matter/
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07Feb
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Spatial Statistical Models – Bayesian Approach Overview

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Spatial documentation is exponentially increasing given the availability of Big IoT Data, enabled by the devices miniaturization and data storage capacity. Bayesian spatial statistics is a useful statistical tool to determine the dependence structure and hidden patterns over space through prior knowledge and data likelihood. Nevertheless, this modeling class is not well explored. This systematic […]
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21Jan
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Prioritizing Climate Recovery Efforts – Mapping Where Carbon Needs to be Stored

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Storage of existing carbon in Earth’s natural biomes and sediments will be critical to achieving the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop26) goals of keeping rising global temperatures within 1.5 degrees Celsius. One way to achieve this is to map locations of stored carbon and aiming to keep that stored carbon in a state where it […]
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14Dec
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Pioneering Spatial Statistics – John Snow’s Cholera Outbreak Map

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How often does a map change the world? One produced by anesthetist Doctor John Snow, altered it forever. In the world of the 1850s, cholera was believed to be spread by miasma in the air, germs were not yet understood and the sudden and serious outbreak of cholera in London’s Soho was a mystery. So Snow […]
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10Dec
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Why have CRS, projections and transformations changed?

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While most national mapping agencies defined their own standard geographical and projected CRS, supranational bodies, such as military alliances and colonial administrations often imposed some regularity to facilitate operations across national boundaries. This also led to the creation of the European Petroleum Survey Group (EPSG), because maritime jurisdiction was not orderly, and mattered when countries […]
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08Nov
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Time to Act: GIS Professionals Are Essential to Creating a Sustainable Future

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“Sustainability was more than a buzzword at the 2021 Esri User Conference (Esri UC). Centering on the theme of GIS: Creating a Sustainable Future, the conference highlighted how the GIS community is confronting many of the world’s challenges and, more importantly, what else needs to be done to guarantee better outcomes than what we see […]
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03Nov
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Antique Map-Making video from 1961 on the British Ordinance Survey

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A video from British Pathé TV on the ordinance survey. British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 136,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1984. All […]
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02Nov
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Dataversity Webinar: Data Quality Best Practices

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Tackling Data Quality problems requires more than a series of tactical, one-off improvement projects. By their nature, many Data Quality problems extend across and often beyond an organization. Addressing these issues requires a holistic architectural approach combining people, process, and technology. Join Nigel Turner and Donna Burbank as they provide practical ways to control Data […]
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26Oct
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Japanese City Performs Field Surveys Using GIS on iPads

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The City of Tamba in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, performs field survey work using a mobile GIS application designed for Apple iPad tablet computers. Unlike web applications, Mobile Matilda can operate in a local (off-line) environment because map layers and data are read from the iPad memory. Users can update records in the field for later […]
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24Oct
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Aerial Photography Helps to Transform Policing in North Yorkshire

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The latest aerial photography is helping the police in North Yorkshire, the UK’s largest county, to save time and resources and transform policing. Supplied by Bluesky International and Getmapping under the Aerial Photography for Great Britain (APGB) contract with the Geospatial Commission, the high-resolution imagery is widely used across the force. Accessed via desktop GIS […]
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20Oct
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Charting the Unknown: How Computer Mapping at Harvard Became GIS

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In 1965, scientists and artists converged at the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis to think about using computers for mapping. Though people were experimenting with computer mapping in other parts of the world, the “birth of GIS” has connections to the Harvard Lab. Richly illustrated with fascinating maps and other historical documents […]
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15Oct
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This Animation Shows Just How Deep The Ocean Really Is

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Have you ever stopped to think about how absolutely massive the oceans of the world are? Some experts estimate that we’ve only explored ~5% of the earth’s oceans! This animation by MetaBallStudios compares various depths of lakes, seas, and oceans by progressing from the beach to the deepest point of the Marianna Trench in the Pacific Ocean. […]
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14Oct
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Surveying Instruments – Building Trust Through Verification

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Surveying instruments have evolved to provide reliable and repeatable precision and accuracy, but you cannot afford to eschew putting this to the test. This should include your GNSS gear. In all manner of surveying, practitioners are wary of simply accepting someone else’s work. It is like a “prime directive”: independent verification. And likewise, when it comes […]
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12Oct
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Becoming A Data Scientist – Curriculum Via Metromap

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Data Science, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Cognitive Computing …. well all of us have been avalanched with articles, skills demand info graph’s and point of views on these topics. One thing is for sure; you cannot become a data scientist overnight. Its a journey, for sure a challenging one. But how do you go […]
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09Oct
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Archaeologists Discover Details of Buried Roman City Without Digging

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and, apparently, neither was Falerii Novi. Thanks to new radar imaging technology, researchers have uncovered the buried remains of this intricately planned, walled Roman city without lifting a single shovel. Read the full article at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-radar-uncover-details-buried-roman-city-without-digging-180975090
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08Oct
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Developing a Convolutional Neural Network for Oil Spill Detection from SAR Images

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Classification algorithms for automatically detecting sea surface oil spills from spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) can usually be regarded as part of a three-step processing framework, which briefly includes image segmentation, feature extraction, and target classification. This CNN is a proposed improvement on existing Machine Learning and image processing technologies. Read or download the paper […]
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06Oct
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Ultimate Guide to API’s

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APIs are revolutionizing the way we share and access data. Learn more about what APIs are, how to use them, and how you can build them yourself. Full article here: https://www.safe.com/blog/2021/5/ultimate-guide-apis
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04Oct
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The Spatial Analysis ‘Periodic Table’

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Here’s a neat article from GIS Geography: Spatial analysis may seem like alchemy to the inexperienced. But there is a science to it. By using spatial analysis, we can find patterns, quantify area, and predict outcomes with geography is the common link of it all. Each element in the Periodic Table for Spatial Analysis contains a set of spatial […]
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01Oct
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London using LiDAR to make a ‘digital twin’ of the City

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London city officials are building out a digital version of Harrow, one of the city’s 32 boroughs, and, no, they’re not just tinkering around in SimCity. They’re creating a digital twin based on lidar, a radar-like tech that builds accurate representations of its surroundings via pulses of light, and which is seen as key technology […]
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28Sep
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Introduction To COGO

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COGO, an acronym for coordinate (based) geometry, refers to a data conversion process in which a digital map is constructed from written descriptions, such as legal descriptions of land parcel boundaries. These descriptions often contain information about line length and direction, and point locations, all relative to the locations of certain key features such as […]
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27Sep
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Map Projections – A Visual Reference Guide

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“If you’re in need of a visual reference guide to the various map projection types… then, look no further because we’ve pumped out a goldmine of the top 50 global map projections used by cartographers.”   View the full gallery here: https://gisgeography.com/map-projection-types  
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21Sep
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Mapmaking Decisions To A Deadline – Kenneth Field

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Like many events in the past year the 2020 Esri international User Conference went virtual. For many Esri staff it meant learning a whole new set of skills to prepare and deliver content online, and there were also some interesting peripheral activities that many were engaged in. For me, it included taking part in UC […]
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20Sep
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The Impact of Emerging Technologies on The Surveying Profession

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Published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this report offers some insight into how the 4th wave of the Industrial Revolution will likely disrupt the surveying (and by extension to some degree, Geomatics and geospatial analytics) industry.   The full paper can be viewed here at: https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/knowledge/research/insights/impact-of-emerging-technologies-on-the-surveying-profession-rics.pdf
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16Sep
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MGUG Throwback – Augmented Reality 3D Sandbox

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Back a few years during our 2016 Fall Conference, we had a ‘virtual sandbox’ on display. People could interact with it by moving the terrain around, causing water to flow and settle in different areas. It was definitely a hit! Click here for a short video of the action  
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15Sep
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GeoDesign Summit 2021 – Predicting Urban Growth Patterns Using ML

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Carsten Lange and his team present their methods for identifying the probability of exurban areas being developed in the near future. Find the full deck here: https://www.esri.com/content/dam/esrisites/en-us/events/conferences/2021/geodesign-summit/617-predict-urban-growth-patterns-using-machine-learning-with-arcgis-pro-and-r.pdf
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14Sep
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Global GIS and Spatial Analytics market ‘growing exponentially’

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Geography, enriched by information systems to form the Geographic Information System or GIS, is growing exponentially. A core geospatial technology, the GIS is used virtually in every field, adding value to practically every business segment and application areas. In text, the genesis of GIS platforms (solutions/software) lies in capturing, analyzing, and presenting spatial and non-spatial […]
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12Sep
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Bringing 3D Geospatial to Unreal Engine via the Cesium Platform

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We’re ecstatic to announce the open source release of the Cesium for Unreal plugin. This marks the dawn of a new era as the line between the physical and the digital worlds blur with this bridge between the 3D geospatial and game engine ecosystems. For the last decade, Cesium has brought graphics and game engine techniques […]
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10Sep
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Data for Decision – National Film Board Documentary on GIS from the 1960’s!

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This short documentary is a portrait of the early era of computing and the process and implications of the digitization of large amounts of information. Examining the arduous work of assessing and documenting the geographical landscape, including sampling and analysis of soil, forestry, timber, wildlife, resources, industrial sites, and many other aspects, we see that […]
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08Sep
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Flying your Drone Safely and Legally

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Flying a drone for work, research, or as a hobby?   You may need special permission from Transport Canada. Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) include model aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft systems, which are also known as drones. More and more people are operating such aircraft for work or pleasure. It is important to understand laws that […]
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06Sep
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True Size and False Maps

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“There is little doubt that the Mercator projection is one of the most popular world map projections of the modern time. For some people, it is the only world map they have ever known, the one that decorated their classroom wall at school. There is, however, also equally little doubt that it has been constantly […]
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04Sep
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Drones Key to Mapping Massive Barrel Dump Site Off California Coast

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The research crew that had hastily assembled off the coast of Santa Catalina Island in Southern California, some 3,000 feet above the ocean floor, could hardly believe what they were seeing. They knew they would find dumped barrels resting on the seabed, they just didn’t realize how many. Years earlier scientists had detected DDT pesticides […]
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01Sep
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City of Winnipeg GIS program ranked in the top 10 for second year in a row!

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For the second year in a row, the Public Sector Digest has ranked the City’s GIS program among the top 10 in North America. Winnipeg ranked ninth in 2020, improving its score over three percentage points to roughly 89 percent. This list is based on the maturity of an organization’s GIS program with consideration it […]
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