We have a new look!
Welcome to the new “Geospatial Niagara” website! Take a look around and learn more about us and our projects past and present.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Digital Media and Web Solutions group of Niagara Research located in Welland, Ontario, specifically Myles Fisher and Neil Wilkinson (and we’re sure many others). They’ve done a fantastic job of organizing the content we have as well as spotlighting our projects, something that was missing in the last iteration.
So what’s new?
Upon landing on the site, the first thing you’ll see, along with the welcome is “The Ticker”. The goal of the ticker is to provide information to you, to illustrates the impact Geospatial Niagara has within the Niagara community. The ticker includes the following information…
- 1. The number of projects that Geospatial Niagara has either sponsored or facilitated through the Niagara College GIS/Geospatial Management program or the Brock University Geography Departments 4th year Honours Internship program since 2011.
- 2. The dollar value next to that is the monetary value of the work completed. This is based on the budgets that have been created by the student consultants as part of their thesis projects. Since 2011, projects that Geospatial Niagara has sponsored or facilitated are worth over $500,000. This is not generated revenue as the values are for educational purposes only but it serves to illustrate the value that geospatial technology and innovation provides. You will see that each project has a value associated with it. This value is either the final value of the project or its estimated value upon completion in which case the values will be updated.
- 3. The third and fourth numbers provide an update as to the number of trees inventoried in the treeOcode Niagara Map and the value of the ecosystem benefits these trees provide to the neighbourhoods and communities of Niagara. For more information about treeocode Niagara and how you can become involved, visit the treeOcode Niagara Project Page or the treeOcode Niagara website.
- 4. The fifth number is the number of posts on the Day of Geography website, by geographers/geospatial professionals around the world. We welcome your contributions! Are you a geo-professional or work in a related field? We’d love for you to share your work day with us. Login through Facebook, Google or LinkedIn write a post and share your work day for the benefit of students around the world seeking information about geo-jobs. Contact us for more information about this initiative. Day of Geography 2016 is Monday, November 14, 2016.
- 5. The final number is the number of students that Geospatial Niagara has engaged since January of 2013. This includes, K-Post Graduate class visits promoting Niagara’s Geography, the incredible importance of a geographic education, our local institutions that provide that education and our participation in various career day events throughout Niagara. Do you want Geospatial Niagara to visit your classroom? Contact us! We look forward to meeting you.
Geospatial Niagara Projects
Below the ticker you will see our four major projects… The Niagara Minecraft Project, treeOcode Niagara, Day of Geography and the Niagara Aspiring Geoparks project. Visit these pages to get more information about them, how you can become involved and to get the latest news regarding their implementations.
To see all of the projects visit the new Projects Page.
Under the Education heading, you will see a new page titled “Community Champions”. The goal of this page is to spotlight Niagara Community/Neighbourhood groups and to provide information about them and their missions. These are organizations sharing ideas and resources that are mutually supportive of each other. They are making a difference for a better Niagara that could use more volunteers no matter your age or ability. Please contact them directly.
2016 looks to be an incredibly busy year for Geospatial Niagara especially in regards to the Niagara Minecraft Project and treeOCode. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. Please sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news about events and projects.