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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Thematic guides

Using mapping/GIS for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity/social justice [New]
If you don't identify yourself as a "GIS researcher", but you are interested in using GIS/mapping for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity topics, this guide is a good resource to get you started. 

Geospatial data for Ecological Restoration
A guide on various geospatial data resources for Ecological Restoration. 

Blog posts 

Blog posts on how GIS intersects with knowledge mobilization and citizen science, published on SFU Library's Radical Access blog. 

Using OpenStreetMap for your research: leveraging a massive global geographic database that emphasizes local knowledge

How Community Science opens a new way of knowledge creation: the BC Parks iNaturalist Project

Leveraging Web Mapping Technologies to Communicate Your Research: Introducing our new Web GIS Workshop Series

More Canadian research data findable by map-based searching: Explore Geodisy in FRDR

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ArcGIS Desktop/Pro renewed licenses 

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Easier Access to ArcGIS Online to SFU users 

As of December 2022, SFU faculty, current students, and staff are able to create ArcGIS Online accounts by SFU computing ID. Please refer to the instructions on the ArcGIS Download page

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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