Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

The Canadian geomatics sector provides geographic based information, products and services to a broader geospatial community to help enable decision making and policy planning. The term “geomatics” first appeared during the 1970s in France but didn't have much significance until it latter appeared in Quebec in 1981, where the term “géomatique” was used, coincidentally without actually knowing of any similar use in France.

GIS & Geomatics Education

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Geomatics, as a new term would serve as a broad term that encompassed all geographic related information, methods and tools and was never intended to replace any of the existing disciplines it represented (cartography, surveying, geodesy and photogrammetry).

Using the plural form, also helped indicate that the traditional sciences would continue to exist on their own while sharing a common vision with familiar issues resulting from a new digital era. Now several decades later, the term “geomatics” originally used by Canadians has been adopted worldwide to describe all geographic disciplines.

GIS & Geomatics Industry News Canada, is also widely recognized as the birth place of the modern geographic information systems (GIS) thanks to Roger Tomlinson, a visionary geographer, who initiated, planned and directed the development of the Canada Geographic Information System and has been acknowledged world wide as the "Father of GIS".

It therefore only seems fitting that a web site like Canadian GIS & Geomatics (CanadianGIS.com), would become the best place for the geospatial community to find free Canadian geographic information and spatial resources to use with their GIS & Geomatics projects. The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been online since 2005 and continues to be one of the best places on the web to find Canadian geographic information and resources. Many things have changed over the years but our main focus has always been on GIS, Canadian Data Sources, Cartography, Geography, Education and the Geomatics Sector.

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

Data & Software

Spatial Manager™ Version 3 Released

Spatial Manager™ Version 3 Released

A new version 3.0 of Spatial Manager™ has been released. It comes full of interesting innovations and all the users will enjoy the best Spatial Manager™ applications suite published so far.

Grass GIS Software

Grass GIS Software

GRASS GIS, commonly referred to as Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, is an open source GIS software that is commonly used for geospatial data analysis, data management, image processing, cartography, spatial modeling, and data visualization. It contains over 350 modules to help render maps, offers both an intuitive graphical user interface as well as command line, and is free!

Municipality of East Hants ArcGIS Open Data

East Hants Open Data

East Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada is a vibrant municipality between Metro Halifax and the Bay of Fundy. East Hants uses GIS technology in all their departments, from sewer, water, and road projects, to regional planning, taxation, and municipal elections. Recently they developed an online portal (Interactive East Hants) to help Nova Scotian’s explore their growing Municipality’s geospatial data sets.

Canadian Maps

What3words - Making Addressing Easier

What3words – Making Addressing Easier

What3Words is a relatively new geocoding system that is actively being used around the world to help make it easier to describe the spatial location of an area. According to the United Nations about 75 percent of the world (almost 4 billion people) has not been properly addressed, making it hard to locate where people live, something that we take for granted here in Canada. Even Esri has made the service available in ArcGIS Online and for ArcGIS for Desktop …

Maps‬ that show How Important Canada is

Canada Explained in 7 Maps

Maps‬ that show How Important Canada is 7 Maps that show how important Canada is [source: Business Insider CandianGEO.info/1XWPndh] Canada is one of the top energy producers in the world. Our country is simply huge, with a sprawling vast wilderness landscape. This video will show you how truly expansive Canada is with 7 maps …  

Wheelmap - Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap – Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap is an online mapping application by a German non-profit association, to help promote wheelchair accessible places (currently more than 550,000 points of interests in eighteen different languages have been added) and allow people to find out if a location is accessible or not.

It is also hoped that with public awareness raised through the use of Wheelmap, that more owners of public buildings will be encouraged to improve their location’s accessibility.

Geomatics Careers and Jobs

GIS jobs

new GIS Jobs Search and Posting Tools

Now Canadian job seekers can search CanadianGIS.com for recent Canadian GIS and geomatics related jobs with the GIS jobs search tool and employers can post Canadian GIS job opportunities using the GIS job posting form.

Ottawa GIS jobs

GIS jobs in Ottawa

Over the years Ottawa has evolved into a political and technological center of Canada and considered one of the best places to live in Canada.

The city is the most educated in Canada, has the highest standard of living in the nation low unemployment, and ranks 2nd out of 150 worldwide places for quality of life. The geomatics sector in Ottawa is one of the hottest in the country and always seems to have GIS jobs available.

Here are some of the latest GIS jobs available in Ottawa …

Saskatoon

GIS jobs in Saskatoon

Saskatoon is Saskatchewan’s largest city and located in the central part of the province. The economic activity happening in Saskatoon is very hot these days and mostly involved with potash, oil and agriculture, but the Geomatics industry also contributes largely to the economic growth and here we have some of the latest GIS jobs in the Saskatoon area for you.

Geo Books

PCI Geomatica Python Cookbook

PCI Geomatica Python Cookbook

PCI’s Geomatica Python Cookbook is a free online resource for python users who want to use python with Geomatica 2014 geospatial software.

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids

Helping Children Learn the Art of Mapping

Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one. It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer.

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Earth Observation for Water Resources Management

Water contributes to all aspects of economic and social development and although the use of remote sensing techniques for operational purposes in hydrology and water resources is not new, is has become a fast-growing industry. Earth Observation for Water Resources Management describes some key global water issues, perspectives for using remote sensing approaches, and why it is importance for water resources. Download a digital copy of Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water free.

Geospatial Resources

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS Ambassador

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Esri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors, see the map that shows the spatial extent of GIS Ambassadors in Canada.

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

[List updated May 2016] Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as  geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.

TRX Coordinate Transformation Tool

TRX Coordinate Transformation Tool

TRX is a free online coordinates transformation tool that allows users to transform coordinate values between between different geometric reference frames such as NAD83(CSRS) & ITRF), epochs and coordinate systems such as geographic, cartesian and local projections systems (UTM / MTM etc.).

Historic Cartography

History of Cartography

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize (History of Cartography)

The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize is awarded annually by the Washington Map Society, to help recognize academic achievement in the History of Cartography. It honors the legacy of the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, former chief of the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress, and co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society.

The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize is awarded annually by the Washington Map Society, to help recognize academic achievement in the History of Cartography. It honors the legacy of the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, former chief of the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress, and co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society.

Portolan – Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize (History of Cartography)This competition is open to all full or part-time undergraduate, graduate, and first year post-doctoral students attending accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the world.

Several Past Ristow Prize winners and Honorable Mentions have come from outside the United States.

Research papers must be related to the history of cartography. Merely using maps to relate an episode in history is not sufficient, unless the maps date from the period of the event, and/or disclose new information about that event, and/or the study of those maps constitutes a major focus of the paper.

The winner of the Ristow prize receives $1000, membership in the Washington Map Society, publication in the Portolan-Journal and more … Submissions are due June 1, 2016

Fortress of Louisburg Maps

Fortress of Louisburg Maps

Recently we purchased some old maps at a yard sale, and one of the old map books contained a tattered map featuring the Fortress of Louisbourg that we scanned, cleaned up in photo-shop and then reproduced. While searching for the date and source of our map print we also noticed that there have been several old Fortress of Louisbourg maps created and have included a few the links here to share with others …

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

Recently I discovered an online mapping tool of Toronto that provides users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …

Canadian Geomatics Industry

Ed kennedy explains the value of geospatial information in economy based on the Canadian geomatics environmental value study

The Value of Geospatial Information in Economy

An interview with Ed Kennedy, an Associate with Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation, who helps explain the value of geospatial information in economy and the significant role of the Canadian geomatics sector. In the interview, Kennedy identifies the Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study, that was aimed to help update the profile of the geomatics sector in Canada and identify changes in the geospatial market.

The Sol Katz Award

Jeff McKenna receives International Open Source Software Award

Jeff McKenna of Gateway Geomatics in Nova Scotia was recently awarded with the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2016 conference in Bonn, Germany. The award for is awarded annually by OSGeo at the annual FOSS4G conference to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community.

GIS jobs

new GIS Jobs Search and Posting Tools

Now Canadian job seekers can search CanadianGIS.com for recent Canadian GIS and geomatics related jobs with the GIS jobs search tool and employers can post Canadian GIS job opportunities using the GIS job posting form.

GIS & Geomatics Education

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New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

Fleming College graduates now have the option of completing a master’s degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – the first pathway of its kind for the college.

VIU and Fleming have signed an agreement that allows eligible graduates of Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to enter the second year of VIU’s Master of GIS Applications program (MGISA).

Python for Everyone

Python for Everyone – Free Python Training

Python for Everyone is a free online self paced training course designed to help GIS analysts, GIS technicians, GIS specialists, data processors, and anyone else who is new to python and wants to learn how to write python scripts to automate their ArcGIS tasks. It introduces users to the fundamental of python concepts while exploring the python scripting environment found in ArcGIS.

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS Ambassador

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Esri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors, see the map that shows the spatial extent of GIS Ambassadors in Canada.