The Esri Canada Toronto User Conference yesterday was a great success. Out of a total of 1100 people registered, over 200 were from the education community. We had over two dozen presenters in four concurrent sessions over the course of the afternoon dedicated to the higher education and research track. We saw presentations covering an impressive range of research using ArcGIS technology across four general themes: Land and Environmental Processes, GeoDesign and GIScience Analysis, Web GIS and Citizen Science, and Transit analysis and Population Health. I was chair for the Web GIS and Citizen Science, where we were presented with a number of projects that demonstrated a variety of custom tools and techniques for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing 3D and geospatial datasets, and complex citizen-sourced information.
The remaining four presentations from this track covered various aspects of Citizen Science in GIS. These included applications that utilized hosted ArcGIS online story map and crowdsourcing templates. One demonstrated mapping of geocontextualized comments from responses to a community survey in the City of Kitchener. Another used a hosted ArcGIS crowdsource app to collect survey responses about perceived safety, which are analyzed against crime data reported by police using ArcGIS (complete with an amazing 3D visualization of nighttime lighting in the surrounding downtown area).
There were many more excellent presentations that I was unable to attend in the other three higher education tracks, so I’ll be sure to take a close look at the proceedings, which will be published online soon.