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Foothills Research Institute Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Presented by: Julie Duval GIS Specialist

Staffing  3 full-time GIS Program staff  1 seasonal GIS Technician/Assistant  4 full-time FRI staff regularly using GIS  4-6 seasonal staff requiring the use of GIS  Supported with 4-ArcInfo & 4-ArcView

licenses, and 2-Spatial Analyst &1-3D Analyst extensions.



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Information Management Data Holdings: • Over 5 Terabytes of data! ‐ FRI files and documents ‐ GIS thematic data and imagery, including LiDAR • Data is stored in a highly secure data centre, in Canada.

Cloud Computing: • Hosted desktop accessible from anywhere that has an open internet connection.

GIS Program Goals  Disseminate technology, tools and knowledge

to partners and beyond • Workshops & training • GIS communications and outreach • Innovative GIS technology • Partnerships in data sharing and data management

Some of our deliverables Grizzly Bear Program:  Design and management of Grizzly Bear

Management Database and GIS tools  Integrate 8 years of Microsite Vegetation data

into one single functional database  Integrate the many DNA inventories and

results into the Grizzly Bear Management Database

Some of our deliverables GeoConnections - FRI Mapper: ď‚Ź The project resulted from challenges

experienced with the exchange of information across various boundaries/jurisdictions e.g., Federal/provincial datasets etc. ď‚Ź Features: Create new layers, density

calculations, uploading shapefiles, disturbance modeling, field collection, security

Some of our deliverables GIS Day:  Communicating GIS through events such as

GIS Day  Inviting local school groups to experience

hands-on GIS and GPS technologies  Setting up displays at libraries, schools and

other events to promote GIS and FRI.

Some of our deliverables Ecotour Maps of the Foothills Research Institute Study Area:  Produce an interpretive guide – TransCanada

Ecotour for the highway 16 and 93 corridors including side trips encompassing FRI research.  Exploring Online Ecotour Maps – exploring the

use of Google Maps

What’s next…  More prominent use of web-based mapping

applications  Increased inter-agency collaboration with data

and applications  FRI has the potential to be a “one-stop shop”

for data and applications

Thank you!

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