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  • 04 Jul 2013 2:51 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    As part of their commitment to making municipal information more open, transparent and accessible, HRM has started a 12-month Open Data Pilot Project that includes a nice user friendly web site and lots of data for people to play with. HRM’s Open Data Catalogue is powered by The Socrata Open Data Platform, the most widely-adopted Open Data solution in government. they claim that "Whether you are a software developer or a non-technical user, the Open Data Catalogue has something for you. - Anyone can easily create a map based on geo data using either Google Maps, Bing Maps or ESRI"

    As part of the project, HRM will host an open data application contest this summer to inspire the development of innovative, interesting and user-friendly applications using HRM data. The contest aims to reward developers who create useful, creative and effective citizen apps using any of the available HRM datasets. Have an idea for an app? Then get involved.

    In February 2014, following the pilot project, a report to Regional Council will present a recommendation on whether to move forward with a permanent Open Data policy. Now because this is only temporary I encourage everyone to go to the HRM Open Data Catalogue and download data, create maps with HRM data and show your support for open data so we can encourage more places to provide data for Nova Scotioners.

    HRM Open Data Catalogue: https://www.halifaxopendata.ca

    Also check out http://CanadianGIS.com/data for a growing list of more then 75 other great sources of Canadian data
  • 04 Jul 2013 9:12 AM | Lucie Kendell

    Matt Murphy, crime analyst with the Halifax Regional Police was interviewed this morning on CBC's Information Morning. He provided an interesting introduction to how the police are using GIS to identify and appropriately patrol higher crime areas of the city. Nice follow up to Superintendent Bill Moore's presentation at Geomatics Atlantic 2012. Way to go GIS!

    Check it out: http://www.halifax.ca/Police/PublicSafety/HRMCrimeMapping.html

  • 25 Jun 2013 9:27 AM | Lucie Kendell

    Hope to see a few GANS members out to the upcoming TECTERRA sponsored GoGeomatics Social on Wednesday night.  Come out to Your Father's Moustache for a beverage, some snacks, and some geo-spatial mingling.

    http://www.gogeomatics.ca/magazine/groups/halifax-2

  • 18 Jun 2013 12:10 PM | Lucie Kendell

    On June 4th, GANS along with Dal and UNB welcomed Dr. Michael Goodchild to Dalhousie University to address the NS Geomatics Community.  Dr. Goodchild's lecture on "The Future of Geographic Information Systems and Science" can be accessed through the following link.  Please enjoy!

    http://spatial-information.org/goodchild-lecture/

    Thanks to Dr. Goodchild for allowing distribution of the video, and the Board and Members of GANS, and to all the organizers and sponsors of the two day event hosted in Halifax and Fredericton.

  • 30 May 2013 3:30 PM | Lucie Kendell

    The AAPT annual conference will be held at the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown this year, June 4th-5th-6th-7th.  They have an interesting line up of workshops scheduled.  The Agenda can be found HERE.  The NS branch of CIG will also host a seminar at 6PM on June 4th as part of the conference, where Tim Webster will be presenting on a recent research project completed for the town of Bridgetown regarding their risk of flooding.

  • 29 May 2013 10:29 PM | Lucie Kendell
    You have another few days to submit your presentation proposal for the 2013 Geomatics Atlantic Conference.  The extended deadline is May 31.  Please visit www.geoatlantic.org for more information.
  • 28 May 2013 10:18 AM | Gerard Eddy
    I remember my COGS days....Actually, I think those who did go to COGS can never forget....it's all good.  Then again, I don't think it really matters what school you attended to learn Geomatics.... it is scary, frustrating, challenging, difficult, fast paced, crazy, and so many other words....Life Changing, Rewarding, Fun, Team Building, Networking, Interesting, Thought Provoking.....I could go on, but I digress...

    Well, COGS held their Awards Banquet earlier this month and we just received the link to the awards pictures.  GANS would like to send a special hello to these special award winners, Alex Peters, Alicia Daniel, Greg Hunt, and Dan Arsenault.  Well done!  We of course also  Congratulate all the award winners and graduates this year.  Good luck on your future careers  :)

    No doubt in our minds, we'll be in touch I'm sure.

    Also, Thank you Paul Illsley for the great photos.

    Cheers,
    Gerard eddy
    From the GANS Board

  • 14 May 2013 9:30 AM | Lucie Kendell

    It's so interesting to see the growth across HRM in the past 28 years.  What an interesting tool to observe development and coastal change around the planet.  Which area do you find the most striking and why?

    http://earthengine.google.org/#timelapse/v=44.64886,-63.57532,10.5,latLng&t=1.80

  • 06 May 2013 2:53 PM | Lucie Kendell

    Dartmouth, NS – An American expert in the field of coastal mapping will offer his findings on the destruction Hurricane Sandy had on coastal habitats along the Northeastern United States October 2012.

    Dr. John Brock, staff scientist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program at the National Centre in Virginia, will present on his work on U.S. coastal hazards and how to protect coastal habitats from super storms in the Presentation Theatre at NSCC's Waterfront Campus, Dartmouth on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm

    The discussion will offer:

    ·         A visual tour of “Superstorm Sandy’s” impacts on urban and natural areas along the New York and New Jersey shoreline

    ·         A demonstration of the role coastal elevation mapping through airborne laser imaging detection and ranging (lidar) equipment plays in preparing for and responding to the landfall of major hurricanes

    ·         A lidar mapping and USGS Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar-B outline

    ·         Early results from USGS coastal airborne lidar response to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on the US Northeast Coast

    Dr. Brock’s research has included co-operative efforts between the USGS, NASA and the National Park Service to create new remote sensing-based capabilities for coastal studies and natural resources management and applications of that work on national seashores.  Dr. Brock is familiar with province having received his post-doctorate at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth.

  • 17 Apr 2013 11:51 AM | Lucie Kendell

    Some good reminders in here for young GIS/Geomatics professionals... just because you've found a job, it doesn't mean the competition is over!

    http://www.gogeomatics.ca/magazine/strategies-for-young-gis-geomatics-professionals-getting-ahead-at-work.htm

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