ICIS Conference – October 22, 2015

Yesterday I got the pleasure of attending the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICIS) Conference in Vancouver. For those that don’t know ICIS is “a leader in the sharing of geospatial information; driving collaboration, integration, adoption and use of spatial data for the social and economic benefit of British Columbia”. It is always great to meet with other GIS professionals to learn what they are working on and where the future of GIS is taking us. For those that were unable to attend here are a few of my takeaways:

ParcelMap BC is being developed to create “a single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map of active titled parcels and surveyed Crown land parcels in BC”. It will hopefully be completed Spring 2017. Learn more…

AddressBC “is a central authoritative, accurate and accessible point-based civic address registry for British Columbia”. This provides great information for ICIS members and I am excited to start using it. Learn more…

GeoBC is working on improving the GIS data available for Administrative Boundaries while moving away from the old metes and bounds method. This will remove some issues with overlapping municipalities and other boundaries due to poor mapping.

The Digital Road Atlas provides “a single, authoritative source of road data for the Province”. Since this is my primary source for road data I was excited to learn that they are working hard to keep it updated and add more resource roads! They are updating the version available online each month so be sure to keep yours current!

It has been an ongoing annoyance of mine that there is no single source for Municipal and Regional Park data but I was thrilled to learn that one is coming. Although it is still in the conceptual phase it sounds like ICIS will be working with municipalities and regional districts to provide this data to society members in the future!

-Allison Hunt