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The Geocentric Network is a new Canadian non-profit that supports the launch, growth and success of small geospatial businesses with targeted events, services, resources and networking opportunities. Connect with customers, meet other business owners, and take advantage of members-only content.
Who Should Join?
The Geocentric Network is geared toward people with a technical background who find themselves in a non-technical role at least some of the time. That includes freelancers, contractors, and small businesses who work with location data or technology. Membership is free for affiliate members, or $50/year for a general membership. General membership is only available to Canadian companies.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Members can choose to be listed in our directory, which we market to potential customers. Large geospatial organizations can use the directory to easily connect with geospatial sub-contractors. If you'd like to be listed in our directory, join the network today!
Call for submissions: Open until March 5
Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial Bursary Offering
An annual educational program aimed to increase student participation from the post-secondary level. URISA Ontario is considered Ontario’s leading association for geospatial 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 community of geospatial professionals.
The BeSpatial Student Bursary program offers a $500 bursary for the student who wins the GIS project competition in the current submission year. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in URISA Ontario events.
For more details Visit: 2019 Bursary
2018 has been a busy year for BeSpatial / urisa ontario with many live events and webinars! As we approach the end of the year, perhaps you’ll find a few minutes to review a presentation or check out a recorded webinar from 2018.
In April, 2018, BeSpatial visited Thunder Bay for the Northern Ontario GIS Users Event, a first for the association. Presentations from the conference included:
In May, 2018, the Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’18 conference was held in Mississauga. Many of the presentations from the event are available in the BeSpatial’18 Presentation Archive. Check out a presentation you may have missed from the conference. Dr. Lauriault’s keynote presentation Towards Open Smart Cities is so full of useful information; it’s a great reference if you missed anything during her presentation.
Our Conference also included two exciting and informative workshops:
In June 2018, the association hosted the webinar: Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database. John Bacon, City of Hamilton and Marc Curtis, AGSI explain the creation of an authoritative, integrated and maintained source for address data at the City.
Back to School in September had us hosting a back-to-school LiDAR Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How to Use Them. Included in this session was a detailed description of the various specifications. In addition, we sponsored all of the Ontario GoGeomatics Back to School Socials and added over 60 new student members.
In November, we hosted a webinar from the award winning Town of East Gwillimbury: Management and Development Dashboarding for a Rapidly Growing Municipality. Carolynne Saxton, GIS Coordinator from the Town provided an overview of their internationally recognized solution.
And just last week, the association hosted an applied LiDAR workshop, LiDAR 301 – How do I do it? Software Applications
All of the BeSpatial presentation archives are available through the Members Section of the BeSpatial website.
2019 promises to be a busy year yet again. The association will be hosting a ‘BeEmployed’ webinar on February 14, 2018. This webinar is for students, recent graduates and those new to the geospatial and information community. This promises to be an amazing learning and networking opportunity for your colleague who is looking to break into Your industry! Please spread the word.
BeSpatial will be hosting an event centered around geospatial and information management in the health industry on February 20, 2019. We are still recruiting speakers – submit your presentation idea!
The Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’19 Annual Meeting Program and Expo promises to be an exciting event. Save the Date: May 1&2 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thornhill. Have you considering sharing your work? Submit your presentation idea for BeSpatial’19!
On behalf of BeSpatial, we wish you Peace, Joy and Happiness through the holiday season. We look forward to connecting again in 2019!
The recording of the LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications webinar is now available through the Members area of the BeSpatial website.
Originally presented on December 6, 2018, the webinar demonstrates the use of LiDAR data in Esri ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley Microstation and Global Mapper.
The webinar was presented by our Industry Partners Esri Canada, Tulloch and Blue Marble Geographics.
The recording of the Management and Development of a Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality webinar from November 27, 2018, a link to the Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Video, and the webinar handout are now available through the Members Area of the BeSpatial / urisa Ontario website.
From the Members Area:
Webinar - Management and Development Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality Town of East Gwillimbury, November 2018
Video Note: The Video that plays at the beginning of the Webinar is available as well: Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Winner
Handout: The handout provides the more detailed workflows mentioned during the webinar.
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Dear Member, On behalf of the association Board, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share the immediate rebranding of the Urban and Regional Information System Association of Ontario (URISA Ontario) as ‘BeSpatial, The Geospatial and Information Community’. This rebranding does not change the existing membership or sponsorship options.
Click here to read the full letter
Visit the Awards and Recognition webpage to see how you can participate.
Interested in showcasing your GIS program? If your educational institution provides a unique and meaningful experience that will help the growth of future GIS professionals, please send us a profile of your program. Past submissions can be found in the news section of our website. Please email your submissions to our Eastern Section Director, Susan, to be featured on our website and eNewsletter.
We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'19.
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 1 & 2, 2019Location: The Bayview Golf and Country Club25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1
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.
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:
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!
GIS Day is a worldwide event held in November! Plan now! It's a day to celebrate GIS in your organization. For resources and ideas visit the GIS Day website.