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  • April 08, 2020 10:10 AM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    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:


    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

  • April 06, 2020 11:06 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 04, 2020 2:16 PM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    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.


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


  • March 08, 2020 1:19 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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.

  • March 01, 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Learn what I Learned!   A BeSpatial - Eastern Ontario Regional Event 

    When: TBD

    Where: Queen's University, David Gordon Conference Centre, Kingston, ON

     421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

    It is a great opportunity to connect to GIS professionals in Eastern Ontario and learn how people are using GIS at their organizations.


  • March 01, 2020 1:32 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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.


    Susan Muleme Kasumba

    Your BeSpatial President


  • February 29, 2020 6:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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

  • February 29, 2020 10:55 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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


  • February 28, 2020 4:24 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 


    • When: Date of event: Early May TBA
    • Where: TBA
  • February 21, 2020 12:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    • When: Date of event: Early May 2021 - TBA
    • Where: TBA

    Call for submissions: Open until April 10, 2021

    Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial bursary offering

    An annual educational program aimed to increase student participation from the post-secondary level. BeSpatial / urisa ontario is considered Ontario’s leading geospatial and information community for networking, providing opportunities for the post educational job search, exposure to practical applications of geospatial technology, as well as, many different levels of involvement with a diverse geospatial and information community.

    The BeSpatial Student Bursary program offers a $500 bursary for the student who wins the Geospatial and information project competition in the current submission year. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in the BeSpatial community.

    For more details Visit:  2021 Bursary

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