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00:02The main driver for the community map of Canada...

00:06...was the need by the GIS user community in Canada for a standardized national web basemap from authoritative sources.

00:15Canada's provinces and the federal government have been working together for the last 10 years on an SDI...

00:20...building a topographic dataset called GeoBase.

00:25Natural Resources Canada, that country's national mapping agency, coordinates this.

00:29This dataset became the foundation for our first community map of Canada.

00:34Two years ago we approached Natural Resources Canada to see if they would work with us to take this dataset...

00:41...and turn it into a web basemap.

00:44They agreed and we put it up on the...

00:49We put it into the template for the community map and got it up in just a few months.

00:53We...our goal was to get the national, and provincial, and municipal organizations working more closely together...

01:01...to not just build, but sustain this map.

01:03We're able to put it up so quickly because it was already being maintained in an Esri geodatabase.

01:09It was well documented and it had a completely open and unrestricted licensing policy.

01:14This is an example of it in the Vancouver area, the Greater Vancouver area.

01:19Here's another example with a bit more details zoomed in, in the Calgary area.

01:23About last May we approached the City of Toronto to be the first city in Canada, they're Canada's largest city...

01:32...to provide data for the 1 to 10,000 down to 1 to 1,000 scale.

01:37They agreed and within about two weeks of getting their data...

01:40...we were able to put that into template for the large-scale community map and delivered it for inclusion...

01:46...in the World Topographic Map just before the User Conference in San Diego last year.

01:50Since then, immediately after that, several other municipalities joined...

01:55...and since then, in the last eight months we have over 35 communities have contributed their data...

02:01...or are working with us on licensing terms to become part of the community mapping program.

02:05It's our objective to have over a hundred communities in by the end of this year representing over...

02:11...30 percent of the population of the country.

02:13Here's an example of the...Toronto's data at a scale of 1 to 1,000...

02:18...and you can see the incredible detail, decks, swimming pools...

02:22...and more importantly they have individual house addresses for every house...

02:25...actually, for every entrance to every building in the city.

02:30The road network, the parcel maps, the address points, and soon the buildings are maintained...

02:35...in a transaction updated database that's driven by the city's development processes.

02:39So new address applications, or new subdivisions, are automatically put into this as part of that business process...

02:47...and available on a daily basis.

02:49To capture these updates and make sure the community map was kept current...

02:54...we started a project last fall with the City of Toronto, two other cities...

02:58...District of Langley, Township of Langley in BC, and the City of Moncton.

03:02...Together with Natural Resources Canada and the Province of Ontario, to create this thing we call Community Map Exchange.

03:08So it’s a concept and it's a server at ESRI Canada where the municipalities replicate through geodatabase replication...

03:15...their data into the exchange and then it can be retrieved by the other participants, and similarly they can put their updates in as well.

03:22This solves a major problem in the national map of not being able to get at updated building information.

03:29They traditionally have got it from aerial photography.

03:32Here's an example of these updates in action in an area of Toronto around the Toronto General Hospital.

03:37You can see on the one side before this major development took place...

03:41...in updating the hospital area, the old map, and after the replication you can see the new map completely updated.

03:48There are many benefits that have resulted from the community map in Canada.

03:53For our users, they've actually achieved our objective of a standardized current national basemap.

04:00One of our large users, TransCanada Pipeline, it’s the largest pipeline operator in Canada...

04:04...said that this is just tremendous for them to be able to focus on maintaining their operational data...

04:08...and not have to worry about a basemap for their applications.

04:12For the participants themselves, they actually get their community recognized on a global basemap.

04:18They get a high-performance web service that they can use for external applications...

04:22...without having an impact on their servers. And for those that are part of the open data movement...

04:27...instead of just putting shapefiles on their website and people downloading them and double-clicking on them...

04:31...and nothing happening, they can point immediately to the community basemap. That's not the Esri community basemap...

04:38... it's their basemap, because they're the ones that have contributed the data, they're the ones that are keeping it up-to-date.

04:44For distributors in the room, like us, we found that this drives value-added services.

04:50Communities are asking us to help them to build their data and get their data ready to go into the community map.

04:56When we're working with them on the replication, we find that it entrenches ArcGIS much deeper inside the organization.

05:03They start replacing other systems that they've been using with ArcGIS.

05:07And it strengthens our relationship with them, but also with each other; the community becomes stronger.

05:12For developers and business partners, same thing, there are value-added services.

05:17But more importantly I think the national basemap lets you focus on your solution...

05:22...getting your solution up and running without having to worry about assembling a basemap.

05:28Here's an example of a company called ReNew Canada that was using Google to publish the top 100 infrastructure projects across Canada.

05:36They switched to the community basemap and switched to Esri API because of the rich data...

05:43...the rich data in the community map across the country and the rich development environment of the Flex application.

05:51So in summary, the community map of Canada program has exceeded our expectations considerably.

05:58As dozens of organizations across the country are now working together in ways they've never done before...

06:04...to maintain, to create this community map that they own.

06:09In addition, there are many GIS applications that are emerging that couldn't have been done without it.

06:13And finally, with the idea of having maps updated by transactions, a topographic and a basemap updated by transactions...

06:22...is sweeping the country and people are now starting to build an infrastructure that's actually sustainable.

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Community Map of Canada

Alex Miller, Esri Canada president, explains how the Community Map was created and maintained and how people are using it for their mapping solutions.

  • Recorded: Mar 6th, 2011
  • Runtime: 06:28
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  • Published: Mar 31st, 2011
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