Funny how it is that the day I’m finally able to do a little catch up on the Geospatial Niagara site it’s Fathers Day. After a day of hiking with my boys, some good food and craft brew we got home and I promptly began to mow the lawn (typical Fathers Day chore). Now I’ve been given, as my son’s say, the best present a Father could ask for… Peace and Quiet….so I can start… It’s now nearing the end of June and things are moving at a brisk pace that there is almost too much to include in a single posting…
Geographic Education Town Hall Meeting
Back on May 27 during the Canadian Association of Geographers conference, Geospatial Niagara hosted the Geographic Education Town Hall meeting. Rather than write too much about it, please see the story I wrote for GoGeomatics Canada here.
Niagara College GIS/GSM Projects:
June also brings to an end the Niagara College GIS/GSM program. The class of 2013/14 had great bunch of students. Seeing them grow from the students they were in September to the students that finished in June is truly incredible. I sometimes think that they even surprise themselves about how much they’ve grown and of the skills that they have learned. If I had the means I would hire every one of them.
The presentations were held on June 4th and 5th. Of special interest to Geospatial Niagara were three projects which we facilitated.
1) An analysis of the occurrence of sandy soils within tender fruit and grape growing region of the Niagara Peninsula. Client – Professor Daryl Dagesse from Brock University.
2) Downtown Food Co-op – Client – Karrie Porter – Garden City Food Co-op.
3) Water Resources – Jalapa, Guatemala. Client – Jayme Campbell.
and the project that Geospatial Niagara sponsored:
The Topographic Analysis of Elgin County for Vineyard Site Suitability (poster below). I want to thank Matt Marotta for his great work.
Now begins the work of facilitating and planning projects for the 2014/15 GIS/GSM class
Canadian Geomatics Community Roundtable – Work Shop:
At the beginning of April, Geospatial Niagara was invited to participate at the Canadian Geomatics Community Roundtable “Team Canada” Strategy, Action and Implementation Planning workshop being held at the Ottawa Delta City Centre, June 9th and 10th. The goal of this event was to “examine the issues facing the Canadian geomatics community.” These include such issues as Identity, Marketing, Education and Capacity Building to name a few. More information can be found at the CGCRT website and in this article at the GoGeomatics Canada website. We look forward to our continuing participation as part of the Education and Capacity Building working group.
Where do we go from here?
As of Wednesday, June 18, Geospatial Niagara officially received our Non-profit status. Now the real work will begin as we hold our first Board of Directors meeting on Friday, June 27 and determine our course of action on promoting geo-literacy in Niagara’s schools, engaging the community as well as promoting and growing the Geospatial sector in Niagara.
So much to do and it’s INCREDIBLY exciting!