Students have map selected for calendar

Two University of Saskatchewan students have had their work published in an unusual venue – a calendar. Jingting Lei  and Xiaojing Lu, mentored by Dr. Winston Zeng, of The Spatial Initiative, produced a map of aboriginal communities in northern Saskatchewan. This map was compiled in response to multiple requests to The Spatial Initiative for high quality maps for northern areas, including northern Saskatchewan. Continue reading

ESRI Canada Scholarship, 2015

ESRI Canada has given a scholarship to University of Saskatchewan students for the past several years. You can see previous winners on The Spatial Initiative (TSI) web site. They are offering this scholarship again this year. Details of the scholarship are available at the ESRI Canada website. (PDF file) Applications for the scholarship are to be sent via email to The deadline for application is January 24, 2015.

Applicants must have a “B+” average in their classes (i.e. a  minimum 75% average), and must include a CV and a transcript. They should also note how they have used ESRI software in the past. Other information required follows below: Continue reading

ESRI User Conference to be held in Saskatoon

ESRI, the makers of the ArcGIS software, is holding their user conference in Saskatoon on the 16th of September. There are early bird rates available until September 5. Details are available on the conference web site.

Attendees normally pay ~$150. However, the fee for educators/students is $35, which includes a hot lunch and reception. Please note that a valid U of S ID is required to qualify for the reduced rate.

If you are available to present your work (e.g., posters) to the GIS community, please contact André Piasta at

After you click “Register Now” on the conference site, on the registration page you can select Educator/Student as “attendee type” which should trigger the reduced rate.

Should you have any questions, please contact André Piasta at