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									Web Mapping for the 21st Century
In Health, Environment, and Public Safety Disciplines

              Workshop Summary
                 March 3, 2005
               Wu Centre, UNB
          Fredericton, New Brunswick

Hosted by: the New Brunswick Lung Association
Table of Contents

I.     Introduction

II.    Summary of Presentations

III.   Summary of Group Discussions

IV.    Next Steps

V.     List of Participants
I.   Introduction

     The New Brunswick Lung Association hosted a full-day workshop called:
     Mapping for the 21st Century, in Health, Environment and Public Safety
     disciplines at the WU Centre, in Fredericton, New Brunswick (March 3, 2005).

     The workshop was sponsored by GeoConnections (Natural Resources Canada),
     CARIS Ltd, and the Emergency Measures Organization. The aim of the
     workshop was to provide geomatics professionals, government, and
     environmental-health groups with an opportunity to converge on key issues
     related to geomatics in Canada, particularly development of web-based GIS
     applications in health, environment, and public safety.

     The workshop consisted of several presentations, panel discussions, and group
     sessions. Table displays were held in the lobby, and networking breaks were
     used to foster open dialogue among delegates.

     All PowerPoint presentations are currently available online at:


     The workshop was organized with the following goals in mind:

        To assess the needs, opportunities, partnerships and resources that could be
         developed as part of integrating environmental, health, and emergency
         geospatial data and web services in Canada
        To integrate with regional issues and perspectives
        To engage municipalities, academia, industry, and NGOs in regional-airshed
         modeling, and mapping for health, environment, and public safety
        To explore application, data, and system requirements for building a
         sustainable distributed architecture
        To inform policy and direction of future geomatics initiatives in Canada

     The workshop was divided into three key sessions:

     Objective of session 1: To identify the position and policy direction of three levels
     of government in respect to GIS applications / technology, shared-access /
     distributed architecture, and data standards – with a view of advancing
     geomatics in Canada in the 21st Century

     Objective of session 2: To identify trends in geomatics technology (in particular
     web-based applications), and to explore development opportunities for geomatics
     in the 21st Century

     Objective of session 3: To identify the particular applications of geomatics in
     health, environment and public safety
Summary of Presentations
(to view full presentations visit: www.nb.lung.ca/mapping/)

   Welcome Address:

       Kenneth H. Maybee, President and CEO, New Brunswick Lung Association

   Session 1

       Ken Marshall, Policy Analyst & Advisor on Disaster Management,
       GeoConnections, Natural Resources Canada

               Overview of the Federal position and policy direction in relation to GIS in
               Government. Identification of the requirement for interoperability, access,
               infrastructure and data standards through a common national framework.

       Rob Lunn, GIS Supervisor, City of Fredericton

               Overview of Municipal Government’s utilization of GIS to support decision
               making, including integration with provincial and/or federal data sets and

       Bernard Arseneau, Director, Electronics Services, Service New Brunswick

               Building the infrastructure - Overview of SNB activities - past successes;
               future directions.

   Panel 1


       To discuss the advancement of geomatics in Canada, including relevant policies,
       programs, standards, research / development, and partnerships for applications
       which support Communities of Practice in Health, Environment, and Public
       Safety. The integration of web-based GIS applications to enhance decision-
       making should be explored between the three levels of government (focus on
       policies /standards / direction).


       Funding for GeoConnections was successfully renewed. It is expected that
       funds will be used to bring CGDI to the next step, using infrastructure for
       business processes in public safety, health, environment and sustainable
       development. The focus will be on increasing awareness by serving up useful
       applications to users / ‘communities of practice’. Funding will also be used to
       maintain and expand geospatial data infrastructure.

       At the provincial level, a GIMAC (multi-departmental committee) provides input
       on the policy and vision for GIS and data services in New Brunswick. Service
   New Brunswick aims to initiate dialogue on a vision for Geomatics in New
   Brunswick. Open and shared access will be considered as part of this dialogue.
   The amount of data that is available, and related privacy and security issues
   would also be addressed. Service New Brunswick currently has a revenue
   replacement agreement with GeoConnections for making topo data available.
   Only attribute data is currently being passed through the gateway (PLANET), in
   the future they will also provide imaging. Broader access to data and tools must
   be balanced against network security.

   At the municipal level, Fredericton has developed a Wi-Fi network over which
   applications such as OpenCity (a CARIS Spatial Fusion product) could be
   accessed (authentication may be based on IP address).

Session 2

   Dr. David Coleman, Dean, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering,
   University of New Brusnwick

            Where is the technology, where is it going? Setting a course for
            geomatics in the 21st century. Presentation will touch on web-GIS
            applications and infrastructure, distributed access model, advantages and
            limitations of WMS, research and development opportunities

   Teresa Tang, student, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

            Public participation GIS and prototype application

   Dr. Bernd Kurz, Faculty of Computer Science

            Wireless end-use application prototype, for remote access and utilization
            of web-based GIS and database

   Yuan Yao, BCS Candidate, Faculty of Computer Science

            Demonstration of wireless prototype

   Greg Mulholland, Technical Solutions Provider, CARIS

            How industry is responding to trends in policy and standards, technology,
            user demands, and challenges of the 21st century

   Panel 2


      To discuss the advancement of geomatics in Canada, including applications
      and infrastructure to support Communities of Practice in Health, Environment,
      and Public Safety (focus on technologies)

      The public participation GIS prototype application, and the wireless prototype
      application, both received good reviews from participants. Both prototypes
      are in the final stages of being complete. The University of New Brunswick
      (Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, and Computer Science
      Faculty) should be contacted directly for more information on these
      prototypes and related research.

      One of the key barriers for development of geomatics is organizational – as
      opposed to technological. Geomatics technology is growing in response to
      user requirements and interoperability standards.

      GIS is becoming easier to use among GIS professionals. More education is
      required for the public to understand the functions and application of GIS.
      New generations of GIS are reaching more users, including 65+ group.

Session 3

   Ernest MacGillivray, Director, Emergency Measures Organization

            Geomatics and Public Safety: Policy and Direction for GIS integration and
            distributed access (in the NorthEast)

   Nancy Wong, Centre for Surveillance Coordination, Public Health Agency of

            Geomatics and Health: taking a look at application, infrastructure, and
            data sharing needs / issues in Canada

   Ian Gillespie, Geographic Information Officer, Knowledge Integration
   Directorate, Environment Canada

            Promoting and incorporating the use of emerging tools, technologies,
            standards and specifications in order to enhance access to data and
            information assets for effective decision making for Canadians. This
            presentation will include highlights of some 'best practices' and some
            lessons learned as Environment Canada works towards improving spatial
            information management efforts.

   Eddie Oldfield, Project Manager, Environment Health Mapping Project, New
   Brunswick Lung Association

            Public participation and access in decision making – and NGO
            perspective on the application of geomatics in environmental health;
            Demonstration and Launch of the Lung Association’s Environmental-
            Health Mapping Application
     Panel 3


        To explore linkages between applications, required infrastructure, standards,
        data and technology, in the three disciplines of health, environment, and
        public safety (focus on thematic integration)


        Given time constraints, the panel session was cut – in favor of a networking
        break (with a view of fostering discussion on the objective of panel 3).

Group Session Summary:

     Group 1: Mapping for Health, Environment and Public Safety Disciplines –
     Identifying and Responding to User Needs

            Q1 – What are some key user needs in health, environment, and public
            safety? (eg. identify specific policies, research, programs etc)

            Data accessibility
            Interoperability / Compatibility of software / applications
            Security and Privacy (appropriate access to appropriate data)
            Tools and examples on application usage (Use Case Scenarios)
            Awareness of GIS potential (to provide solutions)
            Knowledge (for appropriate use)
            Ability to locate relevant information (data mining)
            Leadership (for integrated vision for commonalities)

            Q2 – What mechanisms should be established to engage users (eg.
            training, online forum)

            (Is this a policy or technology question?)
            Increase awareness of GIS potential
            Provide access to tools and application examples
            Develop Good Interface – simple and easy to use
            Availability of data is a must
            Input from external sources (if they are to adopt)
            Educate the Educators

     Group 2: Opportunities for Development in GIS Applications (specify

            Q1 – What are the current capabilities and limitations of web-based GIS?

            WMS based sites provide simple query and analysis tools, e.g. buffering,
            but are not being leveraged to full capability at present.
            WFS not nearly as widely used
       Data access across multiple sites

       False expectation that real time access means real time data
       Architecture is complex, needs resources -> ASP Opps <?>
       Vulnerable to ‘weakest link’
       Limited functionality
       Firewall restrictions on downloads

       Q2 – What are some key developments in geomatics technologies /
       functionality that would further-enable ‘communities of practice’?

       Data Mining / Spatial Analysis Tools
       Collaboration Software
              Mark-up / Redlining
              Discussion Groups
       Mobile Web-Services
              Distributed Tasks
       Advanced Applications that demonstrate and serve to DRIVE further
       development (eg. Google, On-Star, MapQuest)

Group 3: Infrastructure; and Building on OGC Interoperability Standards –
including WMS / WFS Specifications

       Q1 – What are the current gaps and opportunities for developing Spatial
       Data Infrastructure to support applications in health, environment, and
       public safety?

       Federal, Provincial, Territorial awareness, communications, and
       consistent messaging is needed to address gaps

       Expand GERCIAN participation to share knowledge and capacities etc.

       Allocate funding strategically in health, environment, and public safety,
       which have common interests and needs.

       Improve coordination and communication of CGDI development network

       Awareness of horizontal use of geotechnologies across program and
       policy areas (risk management benefits) Policy makers need to know
       how geotech will help to achieve multiple goals.

       Q2 – How can we better coordinate the implementation of a distributed
       access model (eg. data sharing, geomatics development, portal
       implementation, funding)?

       Marketing to foster awareness among ‘Communities of Practice’
              Develop understanding of correct application of standards and
              specifications (i.e. through a ‘cookbook’)

              Technology transfer, Best Practices

              Q3 – What are the current opportunities and limitations of the OGC

              Capacity of specifications to address user needs

              However, Capacity of specs/tools/technology to meet user needs is not in

              Robust analytical requirements are unavailable

              Interim measures for implementation (i.e. SLD’s)

              Benefit of technologies to policy makers – return on investments, added
              value, lever investments in data and geotech for meeting environmental
              health goals.

              Q4 – Suggest some possible developments to the interoperability
              standards and specifications toward improving Spatial Data Infrastructure
              capabilities for meeting user needs? (eg. adding to CGDI services)

              See above.

Next Steps:

The New Brunswick Lung Association will create a summary report from the workshop,
and post all presentations / materials online www.nb.lung.ca/mapping/

The New Brunswick Lung Association will continue to engage participants on key issues,
as part of developing web-based GIS application architecture and services for health,
environment, and public safety disciplines.

Aimin Gong, UNB                                Kenneth H. Maybee, New Brunswick Lung
Bernd Kurz, UNB                                Lori Moffard, Department of Public Safety
Bernie Connors, Department of Environment      Marc Gosselin, Services New Brunswick
and Local Government
Bernie Arsenault, Services New Brunswick       Marc Maurice, Online Geomatics Solutions
Bonnie Boudreau, Department of Health and      Marc-Alain Mallet, NRC
Brad Faye                                      Martin Boulerice, Department of Environment
                                               and Local Government
Campbell Forbes, GeoPlan Opus                  Michael Westlake, Falls Brook Centre
Christa Flannigan, CARIS                       Nadine Savoie, Department of Public Safety
Christa Wang, NRC                              Nancy Wong, GeoConnections
Curt Spite, Interpretation Resources, NS       Norman J. Daoust, ETS Consulting / UNB
David Coleman, UNB                             Pingping Xie, New Brunswick Lung Association
David Finley, Services New Brunswick           Real Daigle, Environment Canada, Sea Level
                                               Rise Project
David Fraser, UNB                              Remi Donelle,
David Mayunga, UNB                             Richard Chan, UNB
Dean Mundee, Department of Environment and     Rob Lunn, City of Fredericton
Local Government
Diane Pelletier, Department of Public Safety   Rob Neild, UNB
Dibya Pradhan, UNB                             Ryan Wood, NRC
Ed Light, Service Nova Scotia                  Steven Dickie, UNB
Eddie Oldfield, New Brunswick Lung             Suping Liu, Department of Natural Resources
Ernest MacGillivray, Emergency Measures        Susan Jamieson, Department of Public Safety
Faye Cowie, NB Aquatic Data Warehouse,         Teresa Tang, UNB
Canadian Rivers Institute, UNB
Greg Mulholland, CARIS                         Wayne Smith, Department of Environment and
                                               Local Government
Greg Sprague, NRC                              William McIver, NRC
Hélène LeBreton,                               William Richards, Environment Canada
Ian Gillespie, CISE                            Xiaolun Yi, New Brunswick Lung Association
Jianfeng, UNB                                  Yannick Doiron,
Ken Marshall, GeoConnections                   Yuan Yao, UNB

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