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  • 23 Apr 2014 9:52 AM | Lucie Kendell
    TECTERRA is gearing up for their annual showcase that will feature over 50 companies from their portfolio of programs who will share and demonstrate the latest technologies in geomatics technology and products.

    Attendance is free, but you must register for the event that will be held June 18th in Calgary.  For more information, visit the TECTERRA website.
  • 04 Apr 2014 4:18 PM | Lucie Kendell
    Have you RENEWED your GANS membership for 2014? If not, your account is now lapsed and you may be missing out on informative communications and important networking opportunities. The benefits of belonging to a professional association are plentiful; including professionalism, networking, career opportunities, training, and advocacy.  Why not check out the following eHow article: What are the Benefits of Belonging to a Professional Organization?

    GANS hosts events year round that offer these benefits and more! We also give you the opportunity to get involved and provide your input.  Visit membership tab to start your renewal process.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at lkendell@gans.ca.  I'll do my best as Membership Working Group Chair to help you out.
  • 11 Mar 2014 9:01 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    In the mid-1980's the survey school (Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute, NSLSI) was responding to the rapid changes in computing technology. It had introduced a number of computer application programs (e.g. Scientific Computer Programming, Business Computer Programming, Computer Graphics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)). There was pressure for a name change that more appropriately reflected the breadth of the technical training.

    There was considerable debate about naming conventions, Geographic Science(s) versus Geomatics Engineering. One of the influences in this debate was Dr. Roger Tomlinson.
    As we remember Roger's contribution to both GIS and Geography, it is noteworthy that NSLSI became the College of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in 1986.

    The story of COGS is an attempt to place the transition years between NSLSI and NSCC into its appropriate context. The first two chapters describe the early years and personalities at NSLSI. 
    Chapter 3 explains the transition to COGS, whereas Chapter 4 looks at the second transition into the NSCC. The last chapter reflects on the highlights of the COGS era.

    The real story of COGS  will always be its graduates. The authors hope that this short contribution will encourage others add their recollections, and to remember fondly their time in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. In many ways, the strength of an institution lies the lives of the alumni.

    Read the full book at http://www.thestoryofcogs.ca/

    We welcome any comments, corrections, and additions. This is just a personal view of a specific institution in rural Nova Scotia.

    Bob Maher and Heather Stewart

    Dr. Roger Tomlinson died February 9th. 2014.
  • 11 Mar 2014 8:59 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Canada’s first Geospatial Advancement Conference was held this past week (March 3rd-5th) in Ottawa, Ontario. The goal of the conference was to bring together Canada’s leaders in geomatics to further the discussion on developing a National Geo strategy in light of the country’s rapidly accelerating Geomatics/GIS industry. 

    The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) entered into a media partnership with conference organizers and in turn received two complimentary passes to the event. GANS offered the passes to the membership on a first come, first serve basis. Lucie Kendell (VP, GANS Board) and Harold MacNeil (GANS Corporate Sponsor, Halifax Water) were able to make the trip to Ottawa and represent Nova Scotia. 

    The three days were packed with individual speakers from all across Canada with 20 minutes each; a variety of 40 minute panel discussions; and daily intimate round table discussions led by selected speakers on their presentation topics. 

    The three days were broken into loose themes; Day 1 targeted interoperability challenges, Day 2 focused on the development of a National Geo strategy through collaboration, and Day 3 ended with questions of GIS governance. Despite the breakdown in days, there were several common discussion threads and areas of interest that were increasingly apparent as the conference progressed.

    Lucie has taken the time to write a 4 page summary of the conference with photos and key topics  to share so GANS members could understand some of the topics that were discussed in Ottawa and help GANS engage the Nova Scotia Geomatics community to continue building upon those discussions.


  • 19 Feb 2014 9:55 AM | Lucie Kendell
    Last week, the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our Economy released their final report - Now Or Never; An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians. The report embodies the concept of a "national project", derived from the European tradition of engaging all regions and interest groups in an open conversation when a change in direction for the whole society is needed. A concept that the geomatics community in Nova Scotia could arguably benefit from.

    Would you join GANS at the table for such a discussion?  Let's embrace this concept of moving forward together instead of struggling to move forward independently.  Who else do you think should be "at the table"?

    Please take some time to read about the commission and their report, NOW OR NEVER.

    Now for a bit of spatial content, don't miss out on the "Awesome Nova Scotia Map" that the commission has used to showcase their efforts of bringing Nova Scotians together.  It was created by Nova Scotia artist Michael de Adder... and in my mind is pretty cool!
  • 03 Feb 2014 9:14 AM | Lucie Kendell
    The following was posted to the GANS LinkedIn page by Chris Foran, Managing Partner at Servant, Dunbrack, McKenzie & MacDonald...

    "As someone who is keenly interested in advancing BIM technologies and deliverables in HRM and the Atlantic Provinces I'm continuously challenged with sourcing reliable geospatial data. In my quest for data I'm left feeling envious of our neighbors to the South who make SO much quality data readily available to end users.

    I would be very interested to learn about any open data initiatives that exist today in NS and how our firm can collaborate with regulatory and government entities to help develop the state of BIM in the Atlantic Region."

    Thoughts on this?  Seems like a project that GANS could help champion!  Could you also benefit from such an initiative in your firm?
  • 03 Feb 2014 9:05 AM | Lucie Kendell
    Visit the Blue Marble website for a list of webinars available in February 2014.
  • 30 Jan 2014 1:10 PM | Lucie Kendell
    Regretfully GANS was unable to attend the COGS 2014 Career Fair due to poor travel conditions caused by Wednesday's blizzard. It looks like there was a successful turnout of several companies and government services. Congratulations COGS-NSCC on your noteworthy event and providing your students with such valuable insight on career prospects in the geomatics community. Check out some of Paul Illsley's photos of this great event HERE!
  • 27 Jan 2014 9:22 AM | Lucie Kendell

    GeoConnections is pleased to invite you to a webinar on:

    Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) Open Licensing Project

     

    English Webinar: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

    French Webinar: Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

    Webinar Overview:

     

    GeoConnections, a national initiative led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), recently collaborated with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) on a project to build awareness on data licensing in Canada: educating data users and providing them with the resources and tools they need to navigate data licensing’s complex legal landscape.

     

    Canadian data providers currently use a milieu of locally-developed and often incompatible data licenses. In order to increase international co-operation and license harmonization, CIPPIC has created outreach, education, and partnerships that focus awareness, understanding and support for use of Creative Commons and other international license standards in Canada. Geospatial data users often need to combine data sets that fall under the terms of other data licenses. Unfortunately, this is often problematic. Data licenses do not always permit users to combine different licenses and, to further complicate matters, the many varied and complex clauses in licenses can be very confusing.

     

    CIPPIC has developed a Data Compatibility Toolkit, including a detailed report, a user guide, and a web-based tool. The report and easy-to-read guide discuss and explain compatibility amongst existing Canadian data license terms, as well as between Canadian licenses and common international licenses. The web-based tool provides functionality that will allow users to easily determine the compatibility of datasets from different sources. In addition, CIPPIC has also developed a Licensing Risk Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit helps users to analyze and discuss legal risks; the web-based tool will allow users to select a particular license and plainly analyze the legal risks to which they may expose themselves. These resources are freely available via http://clipol.org/.

     

    You will learn more about:

    • Samuelson-Glushko Centre for Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC),
    • Open data, open licensing and Creative Commons Canada,
    • Data compatibility,
    • Licensing risk assessment,

    §  CLIPol (http://clipol.org/),

    §  Upcoming GeoConnections events.

     

    Registration:

     

    Please go to: http://www.hal.ca/cgdiwebinars to register for this webinar.

     

    If you need more information, please contact Jay Tompkins by e-mail at jtompkins@hal.ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 329. Registered participants will receive a follow-up e-mail with information about how to access and participate in the webinar.

     

    Webinar Presenters:

     

    Session

    Presenter

    English

    Session

    February 11, 2014

    Cynthia Mitchell, Advisor, CGDI Standards and Operational Policy, GeoConnections, Natural Resources Canada (B.A. Geography, Carleton University), worked at Intermap Technologies before joining Natural Resources Canada in 2001. As Geomatics Advisor to GeoConnections, Cindy works with a range of partners and stakeholders to identify and fill gaps in SDI-related operational policies in an effort to strengthen the interoperability, usability and sustainability of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI).

    David Fewer, Director, CIPPIC. David is an intellectual property and technology lawyer, and brings a decade of practice experience to CIPPIC's advocacy on intellectual property and technology files. Prior to joining CIPPIC, Mr. Fewer practiced intellectual property and technology law with national firms in British Columbia and Ontario, and clerked with the Federal Court of Canada. He completed an LL.M. at the University of Toronto, where he wrote on intellectual property policy and the application of the Charter to copyright law. He has taught and written extensively on intellectual property and technology law issues, and is a frequent commentator in the media on such issues.

    French

    Session

    February 13, 2014

    Simon Riopel, Advisor, CGDI Standards and Operational Policy, GeoConnections, Natural Resources Canada (B.Sc. and M.Sc. Earth Sciences - Remote Sensing/GIS, University of Ottawa), has been working in the Geomatics field for the last 17 years in public and private organizations. As Geomatics Advisor with GeoConnections, Simon works with stakeholders to identify and fill gaps in SDI-related operational policies in an effort to strengthen the interoperability, usability and sustainability of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI).

    David Fewer, Director, CIPPIC. David is an intellectual property and technology lawyer, and brings a decade of practice experience to CIPPIC's advocacy on intellectual property and technology files. Prior to joining CIPPIC, Mr. Fewer practiced intellectual property and technology law with national firms in British Columbia and Ontario, and clerked with the Federal Court of Canada. He completed an LL.M. at the University of Toronto, where he wrote on intellectual property policy and the application of the Charter to copyright law. He has taught and written extensively on intellectual property and technology law issues, and is a frequent commentator in the media on such issues.

     

    Webinar Agenda:

     

    Time

    Topic

    13:30

    Welcome and Introduction

    ·         Webinar objectives; speaker introduction

    ·         GeoConnections and the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)

    13:40

    Presentation:Open Licensing Project

    ·         Samuelson-Glushko Centre for Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

    ·         Open data, open licensing and Creative Commons Canada

    ·         Data compatibility

    ·         Licensing risk assessment

    ·         CLIPol (http://clipol.org/)

    ·         Upcoming GeoConnections events

    14:40

    Question and Answer Session

    14:55

    Webinar Summary and Conclusions

     

  • 23 Jan 2014 9:55 AM | Lucie Kendell

    GANS has partnered with Worldwide Business Research as one of a dozen media sponsors to help promote the "Geospatial Advancement Canada Conference" taking place in Ottawa, March 3rd - 5th.  As a results, GANS has been provided with 2 passes ($2499 value each).  We've decided to give them to two lucky GANS members... the first two GANS members
    interested in attending this event on GANS behalf, should notify Communications@gans.ca to each win a ticket to the event!


    In addition, GANS members have been provided with a 15 % discount on the registration fees of the three-day conference (To receive the special rate, use the code GEO14GANS when registering). 

     

    More details about the Geospatial Advancement Canada event can be found on our web site, HERE!


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