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  • January 24, 2020 11:53 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'21

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


  • December 10, 2019 12:53 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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.

    Coming soon! We are planning to introduce a dedicated Education web space that will showcase geospatial and information programs, provide information and updates on our student mentor program and feature opportunities for students to volunteer. 

    Please email your submissions to our President, Susan to be featured on our website and eNewsletter.

  • December 05, 2019 4:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Your membership in BeSpatial / urisa ontario is important to support and maintain a vibrant array of programs and events in your geospatial and information community.

    For membership options, visit: Join US

    Please join or renew today!

  • November 10, 2019 7:00 AM | Hanna Sjostrom (Administrator)

    Give us your feedback for a chance to win a prize

    Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Membership Survey and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 Gift Cards.

     Complete the Survey

    We use the information in the survey to get a better idea of how we can serve you better and how we can continue to enhance the BeSpatial community experience. We appreciate your membership and want to make sure that we meet all your expectations.

    All respondents who complete the survey by Dec 13th, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $20 gift card.


  • October 08, 2019 5:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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


  • September 14, 2019 9:21 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


  • September 09, 2019 12:37 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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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 01, 2019 2:06 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial issued a poll on August 14 seeking your input on program topic areas

    We've heard back and the results are below;

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be reviewing these topics of interest at our upcoming strategic planning session. Your feedback on this poll is much appreciated!

    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.

    If you have an presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the presentation submission form or contact John to discuss. Program content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    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.  

  • September 01, 2019 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    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.


    Post your event on Linkedin: BeSpatial:  or Twitter: BeSpatailON

  • August 01, 2019 8:05 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial Website Redesign

    Help us redesign our website. We are working with a team from Miami University to redesign our site and we need your input. Please help us organize the content on our website in to groupings that make sense to you. The activity shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to complete.

    Click here to access the survey. 

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