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  • December 01, 2019 4:38 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

     “A Glimpse into Geospatial Future” - dedicated to geospatial data and technology implementation presentations

    Preview these exciting presentation topics!

    Attendees will hear and share insights on transformative change, innovation and leadership.

    Day 1 offers a diverse range of geospatial and information topics that look at

    • climate change information going back to the 1920s and how it supports today's analysis;
    • how over 50,000 engineering documents provide  critical decision support  information;
    • a plan to share municipal datasets with municipalities
    • how the transformative Amazon web services is being used by GIS students and much more... 
    BeSpatial'21
  • 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.


  • November 03, 2019 4:26 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'21

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

    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 | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    2020
    • August 19, 2020, 'Learn what I Learned' , Eastern Section event, Queen's University
    • May  2021 TBA

    BeSpatial'21 Annual Program event and EXPO

    Location: TBA

    Details coming soon!

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity?

    Click Here 

  • 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

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