Workshops

All workshops are scheduled to be half-day sessions on Sunday, October 4 at Saint Mary’s University. Each workshop has a fee of $50 + tax and can be registered for by clicking here.

Morning Workshops: 9am-12:30pm
  1. Geospatial Thinking and Digital Earth

    Presenter: Dr. Lynn Moorman, Mount Royal University
    Room: Burke B200D
    Digital Earth is more than engaging visualization – it can support deep and critical spatial thinking. In this workshop, educators who want to facilitate geographic inquiry and spatial reasoning in their classroom will learn about types and elements of spatial thinking, and explore how this thinking can be cultivated with active learning in Digital Earth. Participants will access and share data, conduct geographic inquiries and analyses, generate reports and presentations, and design interactive assessments, all using one freely available application, WorldView Studio. Educators will be provided with strategies and insights for incorporating Digital Earth as a support in their curricula and classrooms, and with lessons (including data,) that are customizable but classroom-ready.

  2. Topo-bathymetric LiDAR

    Presenter: Tim Webster, Nova Scotia Community College/Applied Geomatics Research Group, along with research associates Kevin McGuigan, Nathan Crowell, Kate Collins and Candace MacDonald
    Room: Burke B221
    Using Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) new Chiroptera II topo-bathymetric lidar sensor, researchers from NSCC’s Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) along with several project partners conducted the first Topo-bathymetric Lidar missions in September 2014. AGRG partnered with Leading Edge Geomatics for the airborne operations to survey nine study areas across Nova Scotia & New Brunswick testing a variety of applications in coastal and freshwater environments. The second mission in the Maritimes was conducted in July of 2015. The workshop will present the background theory on topo-bathymetric Lidar, processing methods, as well as case studies of various applications of the data. We invite you to join us as we present the results of the missions and the benefits of this technology.

  3. Enabling the Next Generation of Spatial Data Infrastructures: New Technologies and Concerns

    Presenters: Dr. David Coleman, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association & University of New Brunswick; Roger Loghorn, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association & UNESCO International Coastal Atlas Network Project Steering Group
    Room: Burke B205
    This workshop builds on the experience of previous Global Spatial Data Infrastructure workshops and presentations held since 2007. The aims include:
    • To identify challenges in establishing and maintaining an SDI, including data policy, legal and organisational issues, and capacity building, including training requirements for skills development, in both their own organisations and in their nations.
    • To review some successes in developing SDIs (especially coastal and marine SDIs) in other nations, to see some ‘good practice’ and learn what it takes to overcome identified challenges.
    • To update participants on SDI developments with a review of latest information from, for example, the IHO’s Marine SDI Working Group and the United Nation’s Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) Initiative.
    • To address key issues facing practitioners and providers of “authoritative data” with respect to collecting, managing, analyzing and updating very large datasets as new technologies and crowdsourcing/VGI options open the tap for collecting ever larger volumes of data.

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30pm-5pm
  1. COIN Atlantic Geospatial Tools: “Under the Hood”

    Presenter: Jeff McKenna, Gateway Geomatics; Alexi Bacarrdax Wescot, Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee Secretariat
    Room: Burke B200D
    This workshop introduces participants to COINAtlantic tools: the GeoContent Generator (CGG) and the Search Utility (CSU). The CSU is an online tool used to search the internet for spatial data in KML (Keyhole Markup Language) and WMS (Web Mapping Service) format, and displays the results. The CGG is an online utility that allows users to generate and publish geospatial metadata or ‘geocontent’ online that will be found using search engines. Participants will gain knowledge of popular online mapping software MapServer and OpenLayers (underlying the COINAtlantic tools) and gain an understanding of how to publish a web mapping service using the software.

  2. RADARSAT-2 Single-polarized, Multi-polarized, and Polarimetric Images: Theory and Applications

    Presenter: Brigitte Leblon, University of New Brunswick
    Room: Burke B205
    The objective of the workshop is to provide a point-of-entry for the user to single channel radar and data and polarimetric radar theory and analysis. The workshop will present radar and radar polarimetry from a practical perspective, and to work from single-channel SAR to quad-polarized SAR. The workshop will provide an in-depth discussion of wave and scattering polarimetry, and target decomposition techniques. In addition, the advanced features of RADARSAT-2, with a focus on radar polarimetry are discussed.

    The workshop integrates theory with demos. The objective of the demos is to provide experience with the manipulation of quad-polarized data, and to augment the topics presented in the theory. The demonstrations also provide exposure to the various quad-polarized data analysis and visualization algorithms that are available. To compliment the theory section, an overview of single-polarized, multi-polarized and polarimetric radar applications will be presented. The applications will cover many areas including agriculture, defence and security, forestry, geology, hydrology, ice, and marine surveillance.

  3. Effective Communication: A Student Career Workshop

    Presenter: Saint Mary’s University Writing Centre
    Room: Burke B221
    In a competitive environment, a combination of education and communication skills is essential for any successful future career. Interactions with potential employers or researchers are often brief encounters requiring your goals and background experience to be articulated succinctly and effectively quickly to make a lasting impression. This workshop will guide you through a series of exercises designed to help identify and effectively convey your message.

    Note: this workshop is for students only and is free of charge.

Digital Earth 2015 reserves the right to make changes to the schedule and/or cancel workshops with insufficient registrants. In case of a scheduling conflict or cancellation, a full refund for the workshop fee will be given to the registrant.