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Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

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If you use SFU's site license to use ArcGIS Desktop on your personal computer: please be aware that the 2018 license codes for ArcGIS and extensions are now available. Please download the 2018 license file and update your ArcGIS Desktop license as soon as possible.

The 2017 CanMap Content Suite from DMTI is now available in Abacus.

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Movebank: the free, online map of animal tracking data with contributions from researchers around the world

Counter-mapping: telling the stories of migrants around the world using cognitive mapping - e.g.,  Amalia Campos-Delgado (2018) Counter-mapping migration: irregular migrants’ stories through cognitive mapping, Mobilities, DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2017.1421022

Sad but timely: the Southern Poverty Law Center's map of hate groups operating in the U.S.

Register for Fall 2018 GIS workshops

Canada’s Indigenous lands added to Google Maps, Google Earth
New update allows users to view 3,100 Indigenous communities and treaty settlement lands.

Carto 2017, the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives, hosted by SFU Library June 20-23. View the presentation slides here. 

Check out the City of Burnaby's new Open Data portal

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Map image: Devastating 2003 heat wave in the Netherlands mapped using MODIS satellite data, by Mehdi Aminipouri, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, SFU