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  • BeSpatial'21 Annual Program event, Executive sessions and EXPO
    • May 4 & 5, 2021:  BeSpatial’21 is going virtual! 
      • 1 full event over two 4 hour days (8:30 am - 1:00 pm each day)

    January 17, 2021 midnight - BeSpatial'21 deadline for Intention to submit 

    March 15, 2021, midnight - BeSpatial deadline for abstract submission (s) 

    Note: abstracts will be posted online in the program highlights area as approved. The preliminary agenda with designated presentation times will be posted post March 15.

    BeSpatial poll results on program topic areas of interest

    We've heard back and the results are below;

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be reviewing these topics of interest throughout the year. Your feedback on these program topics and suggestions for new topics is much appreciated! Contact: John

    Below are geospatial and Information focused topics identified from our BeSpatial'19 post-event survey:

    • Archiving information and digitizing things for future generations. Fun themes like ways of convincing higher ups to buy into a new GIS system or feature.
    • ArcGIS Online and ArcPro demos, other municipalities with their mapping process.
    • AR, leveraging open source software/ GitHub, municipal uses for LiDAR.
    • Banking industry.
    • BIM/CIM sessions or workshop.
    • Broad swath of speakers that will be working with GIS data (multi-agency dispatchers & responders - OPP, municipal police/fire/paramedics; Bell 9-1-1; CRTC TIF committee; NENA; Esri Canada; dispatch software providers).
    • Commercial business as a theme.
    • Data and application of GIS with data.
    • Education industry.
    • Employee Focused Forum.
    • Environmental topics, include sessions on emerging industries that will affect and/or collaborate with GIS, such as AI.
    • Field Data Collection, Internet Mapping, Methodology/SOP.
    • GIS Management sessions or balancing the advanced technology with departmental stability.
    • Lessons Learned - more content about mistakes we have made in the past / what are our concerns with the directions we are headed into the future / more information on how to educate public better / more information on how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Lidar and drones acquisition.
    • Lightning presentations... an hr session with ~5-10 minute presentations showcasing successful GIS projects.
    • Open Government Open Data AI/Machine Learning in the spatial world.
    • Privacy and data, Future of GIS, Transit / transportation planning, new or soon to release data science tools time saving methods community engagement / partnerships.
    • Smart Cities - How/who should be involved in smart cities
    • Unconventional/expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Utility focused presentations would add interest.
    • What’s trending? - impacts on business decisions Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things, for example and from a Geospatial perspective. Also, intelligence driven by information through analytics / Geospatial solutions.
    • Webinar or 1/2 Full day session opportunities - Sessions were very high-level due to their short time. Would like to see some longer sessions with more detail offered.
    • The themes that all of the survey responders are interested in are as follows:

        *   Integration of linear assets (water/san) with enterprise maintenance management systems

        *   Human resource development to improve data literacy, geomatics and GIS – John Houweling from York Region may have a suggestion on this.  They do this at York Region.

        *   Apps in the Utility Industry – David Brusutti from esri may be able to help

        *   Northern Ontario Mapping, Surveying!  -

        *   Methods around putting GIS in the hands of the users

        *   LiDAR 

        *   Supporting innovation in large organizations.

        *   Managing data in the cloud

        *   NG 911, GIS in the field

        *   Best practices, what others are working on...

        *   Open Data, Web Applications, NG 911

        *   Setting up Enterprise Portal and Sites environment

        *   Open forum on Silos to integration through GIS or EMS and GIS, Agsol, transition to ArcPro

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