Scholars GeoPortal

Today was the last meeting of the external advisory committee of Scholars GeoPortal. Scholars GeoPortal was developed by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) with funding from the Government of Ontario. The project received the 2012 OLITA Award for Technological Innovation.

The portal officially launched on 1 March 2012. It facilitates access to geospatial data from Statistics Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, DMTI Spatial, and other data providers. Those are data that are heavily used by University students and researchers in geography, planning, civil engineering, and many other disciplines.

It was a privilege to work with data, map, and GIS librarians across Ontario and contribute to the development of the GeoPortal.

Hockey and academia – a thank-you to student parents

The Globe and Mail ran an interview with the governor-general of Canada, entitled “Fighting and ‘goonery’ not something to celebrate in Canada’s game”. I stumbled upon the following piece of Mr. Johnston’s biography, which happened when a hockey scout offered a contract to young David to play junior hockey in Hamilton:

“My mother asked him, ‘What university would the boys go on to and what high schools would they be attending?’ The answers were not to her satisfaction and that was the end of any discussions about me possibly going to Southern Ontario to play.”

Congratulations, madam, on your courage and foresight! As an academic, I am grateful to the parents of my students who support their childrens’ quest for higher education and intellectual development.

Hello world!

Welcome to Claus Rinner’s GIS blog. Inspired by a recent discussion on campus when a colleague supported the argument that blogging about what we are doing with “taxpayer’s money” is the noble duty of today’s academic, I did it. Requested a blog from Ryerson’s reliable computing services and minutes later, I am editing my “Hello world!” post.

This blog is intended to report about my research and teaching in geographic information systems and science, commonly referred to as GIS and GIScience. I will also pass along some general news in the field of GIS and geography, if & when they catch my attention.

Information about me is available from this blog’s “About” page.