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  • 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!

  • 10 Jan 2014 8:41 AM | Gerard Eddy
    Morning Everyone,

    Here is something a little interesting.  How can GIS be used in the marine environment?  Late last year, we heard about Lydia, the great white, spending time off our east coast and even taking some time to visit Newfoundland. (see earlier post for the link).

    We're well aware of the diversity of uses for GIS, how are others using the technology?  Well, the New England Aquarium in Boston is using Marine GIS for tracking right whales, evaluating aquaculture sites, and even a children's summer camp (marine science 101).

    While I'm thinking of students, what I immediately think of is the wonderful Marine GIS program at COGS.  I certainly can't forget the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, affectionately known as BIO.  They've been using GIS since before my career, across several disciplines, checkout their spotlight on Science.

    Let's not forget our friends with The Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, known as COINAtlantic either.

    Interested in the Oceans?, Oceanography?, Marine Biology well, there's a Oceans'14 Conference coming up later this year in St. John's NF later this year that may interest you.

    Seems that Atlantic Canada is the spatial place to be this year, and there's other things I'm sure that will come up in the coming months that we in the industry will be interested in also.  So stay tuned and visit our corporate sponsors.  Collectively, we are changing the way the world is viewed, not just the oceans.

    How about you?  Find anything interesting on Marine GIS to add to this thread?

    Have a nice weekend everyone and Cheers,
    G
  • 07 Jan 2014 10:22 AM | Lucie Kendell
    This conference will be held in Toronto, October 6-8th, 2014.  Abstract/Paper submissions are now being accepted.  Visit their website for additional information.
  • 06 Jan 2014 9:15 AM | Lucie Kendell
    Blue Marble has announced two webinars for January 2014.  Check out the lineup HERE; including "Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Workflows in Geographic Calculator" and "What's New in Global Mapper 15.1"
  • 23 Dec 2013 8:52 AM | Gerard Eddy
    Came in the office this morning, and thought I'd do a little reading. Here's something I came across that you may find interesting..... http://patents.stackexchange.com/questions/5658/interactive-map-is-apple-trying-to-patent-40-year-old-gis-methods-patent-ap Cheers, Gerard

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