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  • November 07, 2019 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

  • November 05, 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Kessey-Dewitt Publications, in Association with URISA, has recently released the second Edition of the GIS Management Handbook—a major revision of the 2009 edition. Below is a brief description and the attached flyer provides additional information. Contact: URISA to order this book

    Description of Book:

    Published by Kessey Dewitt Publications in association with URISA, 460 pp., 2019

    ISBN13: 978-0-9824093-1-2

    This book is a comprehensive guide and reference to the field of GIS management. It provides practical information on the development, implementation, and operation of GIS programs and projects—for a full range of public sector, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations and companies. This book takes a practical approach providing clear descriptions of concepts, issues, and practices that may be used in operational to improve and maximize the efficiency of GIS programs and projects.

  • November 03, 2019 4:26 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'20

    Join us at our 33rd Annual program event, executive session and EXPO 

    BeSpatial/ urisa ontario represents a dynamic geospatial and information community consisting of key decision makers in the public and private sectors across Ontario. 

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity?

    Click Here 

  • November 02, 2019 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Back row, l to R:  Khas Selvarajah, Communications, Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Strategy & Outreach, Mirjana Strajin, Director at-large, Melanie Wawryk, Web, Kyle Murdoch, Northern Section, Marikka Williams, Eastern Section, Hanna Sjostrom, Member Services.

    Front, L to R: Irene Rubinstein, Education, Susan Muleme Kasumba, President, Alex Brossault, Finance and Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director.

    Missing: Catherine Fitzgerald: Immediate Past President, Brock Kingston, Northern Section, John Bacon, Programs, Mohamed Nishath, BeSpatial-Logistics & Wendy Baldin, BeSpatial-Project Management.

  • November 01, 2019 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    2019

    December 4, 2019

    Slimgim Webinar

    • December: Western Section Municipal Roundup
    • Location: TBA

    2020

    May 5 & 6, 2020

    BeSpatial'20 Annual Program event and EXPO

    Location: The Americana

    8444 Lundys Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4

    Details coming soon!

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity?

    Click Here 

  • October 08, 2019 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Sandra Crutcher, BeSpatial, Executive Director and Marikka Williams, BeSpatial Eastern Director.


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  • September 09, 2019 12:37 PM | Anonymous

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    The Data Driven Intelligence Working Group & the Public Sector Service Delivery Council is excited to share the Analytics Playbook. 

    The Analytics Playbook will be an effective tool for sector organizations to get started on their analytics journey as well as advance up the maturity curve to implement more advanced tools and methodologies.

    "We have already heard the document has had an impact in helping jurisdictions advocate internally for leadership buy-in and resources to build analytics capacity. Our plan is to keep this document evergreen and incorporate leading practices and cases as the sector and environment evolves. We look forward to keeping you up to date in the future. We ask you to provide us with relevant use cases you feel would be pertinent."

    Click here for more information.     
  • September 09, 2019 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey

    Public sector organizations have a gold mine of data from many sources. Data is a valuable corporate asset that’s as critical as any - from people to infrastructure. And, it’s growing. Truly leveraging this asset typically means changing the culture and establishing new strategies, structures, and processes. Those organizations which are using analytics and already putting data at the heart of decision-making are well positioned to transform their program and service delivery. This session will highlight components of the recently released Analytics Playbook which provides a guide to support and advance the use of analytics across public sector organizations. Participants will also see how York Region is putting its data to work and becoming a data-informed organization across virtually all its lines of business - human resources, finance, roads, governance, emergency management and more.

    Register

  • September 01, 2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

     "All data to be useful has to "be spatial"!

    We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'20  

    Smart City - the role of the geospatial and information community in shaping and enabling the transformation to SMART! 

    "It's a great time to be in the geospatial and information community... geospatial solutions in a digital world  are more important than you may think! All data to be useful has to be spatial!"

    Two full days of sessions are planned to address the importance of geospatial and information, at all levels, to the successful realization of the Smart City. The approach will provide opportunities for GIS professionals and practitioners to showcase their initiatives along with insights from the management and executive levels. 

    Date: May 5 & 6, 2020
    Location: The Americana Centre
    Lundys Lane, Niagara Falls, ON

    Who Should Attend?

    The intended audience for this 2 day event includes public and private sector with participants from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels,  IT leaders, GIS professionals and practitioners, , economic development professionals, city managers, CAO’s, CFO’s, mayors, reeves, wardens, chairs and senior staff – from large, small, rural and first nations municipalities.  Other key stakeholders include community activists and visionaries from the private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Topics

    The topics are of interest to various levels - executives, management, technical and across disciplines.  There are many diverse cross-discipline initiatives underway in areas such as planning and development, transportation, infrastructure, environment, open data, open government, data applications and tools (LiDAR, BIM, data collection sensors), monitoring, managing and analyzing everything spatial. Central to these initiatives is access to spatial information and analysis that is up-to-date and easily available to facilitate collaboration and achieve the efficiencies that a smarter city envisions. Following is a sample of one of our program highlights:

    Some critical topic areas to be addressed:

    • Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    • Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
    • Community Broadband and Economic Development
    • Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    • Benchmarking Leading Practices in Service Delivery, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    • Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    If you want to be participate in one of these hot topic areas, the Call for presentations is Now open!

    Watch for more details coming soon about these special executive panel forums addressing "Challenges and Opportunities".  Other experts in the geospatial and information community are being drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open and smart! 

    Keynote(s), Presentations, Panels, Workshops, Exhibits and Showcases

    The Geospatial and Information community is actively engaged in many diverse building block initiatives that are supporting and shaping the smart city. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize the benefits from this potential and enable a smarter city. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the geospatial and information community plays in the evolution of the smart city. 

    Call for Presentations are now open.  Contact: Sponsorship Opportunities  to receive more details


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