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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources recognized for GIS accomplishments

Ted Volpe, Manager of Geographic Data Maintenance & Support, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR); Derek Landry, Manager of GeoSmart; and Derek Yorke, representing Land Information Ontario, on behalf of the Deputy Minister John Burke, were presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Sudbury yesterday. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the GIS provider in Canada, presented the Award in recognition of OMNR’s many GIS accomplishments. More than 100 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference.

The LIO program was established in 1998 with the notion of collecting data once and using it many times. LIO’s goal is to assist OMNR in coordinating land information on behalf of the province, and sharing the data with federal and provincial governments and the private sector. LIO offers leadership within the province for all geospatial data providers and users to make geospatial data affordable and accessible. Most recently OMNR has made the LIO data warehouse, tools, and services open to the public through controlled OGC-compliant schemas, successfully pushing the envelope for the delivery of geospatial activities over the Internet. NRVIS is a seamless spatial database maintained in each OMNR district that provides consistent data standards, models, and editing tools. The latest iteration of the NRVIS adds new technical approaches to the excellent basis of solid information management policies, procedures, and processes that have been in place for many years, recognizing the very high importance of reliable data to practical functionality. The GeoSmart program is a $32 million SuperBuild funding program led by OMNR. GeoSmart investment will help Ontario communities to acquire the resources, technology, and land information necessary to transform traditional ways of doing business. In addition, investments will help contribute to the viability of Ontario’s geomatics industry. Recently, GeoSmart has been re-focused to facilitate the adoption of GIS in Ontario communities, which has proven to be an outstanding mechanism for bringing GIS functionality to smaller communities and expanding existing GIS service levels in cities and towns. ESRI Canada presents Awards of Excellence annually to organizations or individuals across Canada for their outstanding achievement in the application of GIS technology.