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  • May 04, 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario, has made the very difficult decision that due to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, we have no choice but to postpone our upcoming AGM Program event and Expo. It was planned to take place on May 5th and 6th, 2020 at the Americana Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, ON. We will inform you of the new 2021 dates and details once available.

    Event registrations, exhibit spots, presentation / contest submissions, awards, etc., have been automatically rolled over to the rescheduled 2021 event.

    As we are an organization run by volunteers and having a very limited budget and human resources, we hope that you will be able to attend in 2021. Any requested refund would involve transaction fees from the bank and and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency to get back the HST. As a small organization offering full refunds would be a huge burden compared to rolling over your registration, which will help us keep costs down and the organization healthy.

    If you have booked a room at the Americana, please contact the hotel directly at (905) 356-8444 to cancel your reservation.

    Exhibitors, sponsors and speakers: We will be contacting you in the coming weeks to offer our apologies and review our plan for 2021. We understand that you may have further questions; please reach us at info@bespatialontario.ca. We thank you in advance for your patience as we try to respond to each email in a timely manner.

    We value the support and understanding of everyone in this unprecedented situation. We are looking forward to getting our strong geospatial and information community back together in the near future. Until then, we send heartfelt thoughts to those who are affected by COVID-19.

    Warmly,

    Susan Muleme Kasumba

    Your BeSpatial President

    president@bespatialontario.ca

  • April 04, 2020 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    As the situation surrounding coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to evolve geospatial data and technology is being widely used to support a wide spectrum of government and other organizations with mapping, location intelligence and business insights. This helps to monitor, manage and communicate the impact of the outbreak.

    Below is a link to the Geospatial Knowledge Platform showcasing examples of Covid-19 related information dashboards.

    https://www.geospatialworld.net/covid-19-dashboard/

    For information specifically related to the outbreak in the Province of Ontario please refer to the link:

    https://covid-19.ontario.ca/index.html


    6.8.0
  • April 04, 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Home  -view a list of scheduled webinars in the “Save the Date” section on the Home page . We'd like to hear from you!

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario is currently scheduling an ongoing series of webinars for the current program year in monthly noon hour sessions. The webinar content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    If you have a presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the webinar submission form or contact John to discuss.

    If you are a private sector partner, please consider inviting a public sector client to co-present with you. Sponsored opportunities for the private sector are available.  

  • April 02, 2020 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Dear colleagues, 

    The current situation involving COVID-19 emphasizes the importance of having timely and accessible information available to the public at all levels of government. As important collaborators and supporters of Canada’s open government activities we are reaching out on behalf of our colleagues at Statistics Canada’s Linkable Open Data Environment Initiative, which aims to enhance the use and harmonization of data from municipal, provincial and federal sources.

    In order to increase public awareness of available health facilities across the country, Statistics Canada is looking for relevant data to support an up-to-date open database. The attached email outlines additional context, including the data sources that have already been compiled for this initiative. Our colleagues at Statistics Canada are requesting any updated or additional open or publicly available datasets that contain information on location and type of health facilities. For reference purposes, we encourage you to look at a similar initiative that was completed for educational facilities at this link.

    In hopes of expediting a response to our colleagues, we encourage you to reach out directly to Alessandro Alasia from Statistics Canada at alessandro.alasia@canada.ca/   We hope that you will find a way to support Alessandro and his team in their efforts as they move quickly to compile this information by the end of the week.

     Kind regards,

     TBS Open Government Team

  • April 01, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications

    Mobile LiDAR surveys have been adopted as a standard survey method for Canadian Transportation agencies and US DOT’s across North America. Systems can provide up to 2-million survey measurements per second providing excellent feature detection along roadway corridors...

    This February 20th webinar presentation provided a review of the practical applications and products for municipalities derived from mobile LiDAR.

  • March 23, 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    In response to the evolving situation regarding the Corona Virus,  we want to make you aware of the COVID-19 Resource Hub Esri Canada has developed for public use:

     https://resources-covid19canada.hub.arcgis.com/

    This GIS hub is a collection of data, maps, applications and other resources available to assist in monitoring, preparing for and responding to the rapidly changing situation. You may be aware of some of these resources already, such as the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, as they have been featured on many news media outlets over the past couple weeks.    These resources are being curated for the Canadian and global health community to use and share as the pandemic unfolds.

    These apps and web services are for your use with your applications, as part of your emergency response operations and or as stand-alone dashboards.  Esri Canada is already working with many municipal, provincial and federal organizations to operationalize these applications for their use.   If you would like any help, please reach out to Esri Canada at: https://esri.ca/en/contact-us


  • March 18, 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    Theme: Learn What I Learned

    Date: TBD

    Where: Queen's University at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, 421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

    Interested in presenting?

    Submit here

  • March 18, 2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    When: TBD
    Where:  Donald Gordon Conference Centre
    421 Union Street West,

    Kingston, ON K7L 4L6

    Preliminary Agenda Presentation Topics Announced
    • Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking and Opening Remarks
    • "Next Generation 911" Alex Brossault, Program Manager, GIS and Info, City of Guelph with Barry Costello, Esri
    • "GIS in Infrastructure Project Lifecycle" Phil Healey, Manager, Enterprise GIS, City of Kingston
    • "Creating a Culture of Change: Open Government and the Ontario GeoHub”  Mike Dunkley, Land Information Ontario
    • Buffet Lunch and Networking
    • Keynote: "Thoughts On Adding Geo-Records To The Pilot Study On Best Practices For Citizen Access To Public Records.",  Dr. Barry Wellar. C.M., GISP, Past President, URISA.org (1978), Professor Emeritus, University Of Ottawa, President, Information Research Board. 
      • Discussion: Are GEO-Records the key to better citizen access to public records? Based on what they represent , there are reasons to say YES.  Learn more. Review the attached presentation and plan to come to Kingston on March 26 to discuss further!
    • Closing Remarks

    LEARN WHAT I LEARNED - A BeSPATIAL EASTERN ONTARIO REGIONAL EVENT

  • March 14, 2020 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    Here's a chance to highlight new initiatives and events in our BeSpatial geospatial and information community!

    Opportunity for our sponsors, sustaining and corporate members to get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to your membership status.  Visit the Profiles page to view past featured partners.

    Book now to secure your spot in one of the 2020 profile months (assigned per membership renewal status). 

    Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News and the Profiles page!

    Corporate and Regular members

    interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level

    For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page

  • March 10, 2020 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    Open for submissions year round up until the March closing date (TBA) - Awards will be presented at the annual BeSpatial meeting in May.

    Visit the Awards and Recognition web page to see past award winners and how you can participate at BeSpatial'21.

    Call for submissions to our annual BeSpatial awards. This is an opportunity to showcase your Best by entering in the Best Challenge Award recognizing current initiatives and successes within the our geospatial and information community .

    Please add your comments below or email us.

    For more info, email Alex - BCA awards 

    BeSpatial'21

    • When: Date of event: Early May TBA
    • Where: TBA
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