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Everybody Does Data Differently

I was hired with the SGRC to work on their Open Data for Open Government Project. This is a three year project exploring open data best practices, policy and delivery option in a rural setting (please visit this website for more information https://www.ruralopendata.ca/).  I was excited about this opportunity. One of the main themes I pulled out of my coursework during the ADGIS program was the importance of the availability and usability of data.

The Sublime Alpine

Most people are familiar with the expression, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” I would best be described in the reverse, “Can’t see the trees for the forest.” I’m very good at thinking in terms of the general, the overview, the big picture. Not that I’m especially lacking in attention to detail, but I typically find the sum much more interesting than its parts. Thus, my first thesis research question went something like, “What is special about landscapes where people are willing to expend huge effort in order to experience something meaningful?” The unanimous response I received after every enthusiastic delivery of this clearly exciting idea was, “So, ... what are you actually going to map?”

Closing the Gap Between GIS Professional and Our Clients

How do we as GIS professionals start to bridge the gap of knowledge that exist between our technology and processes and our clients and their perception of our work and abilities? It is a question that I found myself wondering quite a few times throughout the process of my co-op with the SGRC.

Hunting for Data… Literally

I always thought growing up in a place as wild and adventuresome as British Columbia that there was a significant backing of wild lands management and wildlife conservation. Oddly enough as I got older things just kept getting worse. British Columbia is allegedly infamous for having one of the worst most underfunded wildlife management organizations in all of North America, fortunately with a recent change in provincial government things are slowly getting better but the province is still very far behind.

LiDAR as a tool in site section for timber cruising

My name is Lorraine Brown, I have been working toward my Bachelor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Selkirk College since 2009 when I took Integrated Environmental Planning. I really liked the GIS classes and the capability of computer modelling, detailed analysis and the artistic aspect of cartography.