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  • June 10, 2020 2:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    YPN Social Network

    BeSpatial has launched its LinkedIn and Facebook pages for the Young Professionals Network where members can connect and share with each other. We will be posting resources that will help to educate, engage and grow young professionals. During COVID-19 members are also encouraged to share and discuss about the affect the pandemic has had on their life and operation of work.

    LinkedIn: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    Facebook: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    About the YPN?

    The Young Professional Network consists of a cross-section of new GIS professionals that have been working in a public or private sector organization for 1-7 years. This community includes recent graduates and more experienced professionals just beginning to leverage geospatial technology. Young professionals in this community have a diverse range of experience and skill sets.

    YPN Update from the BeSpatial's May 5th Virtual Town Hall meeting

    COVID-19 has been a crisis that has impacted professionals of all ages. This has been entirely new territory for all of us. While we all might be experiencing this together, young professionals are at a bigger disadvantage. Having not experienced working through a recession before, young professionals and those newly graduating are faced with a difficult challenge.

    Companies have transitioned to work from home and increased safety measures have been put into place for essential field workers. Companies have offered support programs to help improve access to workplace wellness resources and support essential workers during this difficult time. The way young professionals work and complete their jobs has changed. Where there once was in person staff meetings there are now web meetings and conference calls.

    For many young professionals working from home previously was unfamiliar territory that comes with its own set of challenges. To overcome these challenges young professionals have been resilient finding new ways to work and communicate with others effectively. This includes setting up a dedicated workspace, maintaining a schedule, making use of breaks during the work day and increased communication with team members. Overall young workers are adapting to the ever changing work environment leveraging new technology and assisting with the transition where possible.

    Interested in joining or volunteering with the YPN?

    Contact Brooke

    Please feel free to add your comments below to this blog.

  • May 06, 2020 1:57 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Details to follow

  • April 26, 2020 3:17 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Reminder - Webinar NG 9-1-1 Data Preparedness Follow-up Poll:

    Please tell us a bit about your NG 9-1-1 plans by answering our Poll  (link is: https://arcg.is/DSuu0)

  • April 15, 2020 3:34 PM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    During this COVID-19 crisis there have been many examples of businesses helping the community through this crisis by providing their special expertise and tools. Esri, a BeSpatial Diamond sponsor, has offered the following expertise and tools to our BeSpatial community.

    1. Free webinar series on GIS technology, data, and resource optimization for public safety. Register here: https://www.esri.com/en-us/industries/public-safety/webinars
    2. Free webinar series on business continuity for infrastructure and utilities. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7848304509437309965
    3. YouTube video on resources and GIS solutions for emergency managers and business continuity planning. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtfFJ4d6L5Q
    4. Free Coronavirus Business Continuity Solution to help businesses, utilities, and governments understand the capacity of their workforce and operational status of their facilities. Learn more here: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-solutions/business/coronavirus-business-continuity-solution-released/
    5. Donation: Esri is making the following resources available at no cost.
      1. Access the Esri Canada COVID-19 Resource Hub
        • On the COVID-19 Resource Hub, your members will find a collection of data, maps, applications and other resources available to assist in monitoring, preparing for and responding to this rapidly changing situation. These resources are being curated for the Canadian health and business communities to use and share as the pandemic unfolds. These materials will be updated with new content as it becomes available.
      2. Build Your Own Hub Site with a Free Template
        • Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub template at no cost. Organizations can use it to visualize and analyze the crisis in their own community/asset context. If your members do not have ArcGIS Online, Esri will donate ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic for six months; to activate the donation, please request through the Esri Disaster Response Program. Otherwise, we are asking ArcGIS users to contact their Esri Canada account manager.


  • 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:

     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

  • 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.

    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


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  • 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.

    Register

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

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    beResilient LogoBeSpatial / 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

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