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Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference 10

02/25/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

GSDI 10 in Trinidad to be held 25-29 February 2008 is shaping up to be a great event! It is time to register in order to acquire the best conference registration and travel rates.


GSDI conferences are opportunities to meet and exchange views with others from across the globe about implementing and developing spatial data concepts and practices. From national and international agency and policy-maker perspectives to local grassroots initiatives, GSDI 10 provides an occasion for interaction and cooperation among disciplines and practitioners that use and develop spatial technologies and databases. Keynote and featured speakers will focus primarily on The Role of Spatial Data in Supporting a Sustainable Future as well as Small Island Perspectives on Global Challenges.

GSDI 10 is being held in the modern conference facilities of The University of the West Indies of Trinidad and Tobago. Over 180 paper presenters from 44 countries are scheduled to present in numerous plenary and parallel sessions throughout the five day event as well as 38 poster presenters. Numerous round table discussions, affiliated business meetings, social events, and a full day of no-additional-cost workshops have been organized and scheduled as well.

See the following relevant links:

GSDI 10 Home:

Keynote and Featured Plenary Session Speaker Profiles:

Detailed Program:

Workshop Descriptions: (at no-additional-cost)

Conference Registration (online or by fax): (December 15 is the deadline for the early registrant reduced fee)

Conference Accommodations:

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference!


2008 ICT Summit: Strategic Use of ITC for Communities

02/21/2008 9:00 am
02/24/2008 5:00 pm

Welcome to the site of the 2008 Summit!

NEW Themes - NEW Streams including Digital Literacy, Partnership Development and more!

February 22-24, 2008

First Nation Technology Council Pre-Conference - February 21

 Collaboration and Digital Literacy

Communities around the world are taking advantage of the Internet to improve people's lives. Strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is helping create social and economic change in health, education, culture, and to increase civic engagement. But the benefits are not evenly distributed. "Digital divides" persist in urban and rural communities, among First Nations and others.  As more communities gain access to broadband, the challenge is turning this IT capacity into community capital in the form of better educated citizens, more prosperous businesses, higher quality healthcare and better access to services.

 We have just added the "2008 Workshop Proposal link - You are invited to submit your workshop proposal today!


Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada

02/15/2008 7:00 am
02/17/2008 7:00 pm

The deadline is fast approaching to submit abstracts and register for the first Conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada (SKI-Canada) seeks to create a community of GIS researchers who live and work in Canada. We invite abstracts on subjects such as:

   * GIS applications development and GIScience
   * Geomatics and geomatics engineering
   * Participatory GIS
   * GIS in public health and epidemiology
   * GIS in transportation
   * Planning Support Systems   
   * Digital Earth and geoweb
   * Geovisualization and cybercartography
   * Business geographics
   * Spatial statistics
   * Location based services
   * GIS and spatial modelling in the Earth Sciences
   * Urban simulation and modelling

The conference will provide our community an opportunity to share our research, to expose our students to different ways of thinking spatially and using geographic information, and to help sustain our national community. We hope to build cohesion and synergy among Canadian GIS/ Geomatics/geoweb researchers. We have several goals, some of which include:

   * Having our student present in front of a Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research audience.
   * Share the ongoing and emerging GIS/Geomatics/geoweb research in our community.
   * Build cohesion and synergy among GIS/Geomatics/geoweb researchers.
   * Discuss issues of importance to the Canadian GIS/Geomatics/geoweb community.
   * Hear from and communicate to important non-GIS/Geomatics/geoweb groups (e.g., department heads, graduate deans, VPs research).
   * Provide mentorship opportunities for students and junior scholars.

The conference will be held February 15-17, 2008 in Fernie, BC. Our keynote for this first conference will be Michael Goodchild, noted researcher of GIScience.

We will be following the UCGIS model for the conference. Rapid presentations in the afternoon/evening and social networking on the slopes in the morning!

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering for the conference: October 5, 2007

Information about abstract submission and registration can be found at Note that registration INCLUDES dinner for two nights.


Mapping First Nations Land Use and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

02/13/2008 5:30 pm
02/13/2008 7:30 pm

Vancouver GIS Users Group
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Speaker: Bryan McPherson, GIS Coordinator, Musqueam Indian Band

Bryan will discuss the steps involved in creating a GIS data warehouse that incorporates cultural, heritage and traditional use information. The presentation provides a look at the techniques used in the 2D representation of pre-contact conditions, historic landscape changes, and modern land use conditions for First Nations lands. Visualization of traditional lands and proposed use sites for community planning purposes will be presented. Bryan will also discuss options in creating a web-based open source GIS for mapping traditional use resources.


Bryan McPherson is a GIS Coordinator for the Treaty, Lands and Resources Department of the Musqueam Indian Band. He has 10 years experience working with GIS, including contracts with the U.S. Air Force and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and is a graduate of the Sir Sandford Fleming College GIS Program in Ontario.

Meeting Information:

The Vancouver GIS Users Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm. from September to May at the Dunsmuir Auditorium, BC Hydro office tower, 333 Dunsmuir.