OSIP wins Esri Award of Excellence

L-R: David Perry (Esri Canada), Derek Nalder, Andrew Buffin, Nicole Spears, Heather Carmichael, Roger Burns, Alex Miller (Esri Canada President), Judy Heilman, Vernon Remesz, Roger Ramcharita, Moses Bitew and Matthew Lynch

It’s been an exciting week for ESRD staff. We’ve been presented with an Esri Award of Excellence for our outstanding use of geospatial technology on the Oil Sands Information Portal (OSIP).

Esri is a world-leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software. They’ve recognized our use of this technology as a superb example of open government providing a forum for awareness, education, and collaboration.

OSIP brings oil sands environmental data from a variety of sources and consolidates it using GIS mapping technology. Its visual and interactive presentation of air, land, water, and wildlife data is easier to understand than traditional tabular formats, making it a powerful analytic tool for everyone from school kids to industry and academic researchers.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive since the portal’s launch last fall. OSIP attracts more than 1,100 unique visitors each month, and lets the public view and analyze the same data we’re using internally.

Open and easy access to information allows people to ask informed questions about oil sands industry performance. Our goal is to drive excellence and innovation through good science and informed debate.  Having the latest data and research information at our fingertips lets us take a balanced, science-based approach to development.

ESRI Awards Ceremony

We’re very pleased and honoured to be recognized for our commitment to transparent and accessible environmental information. This is just the beginning. We continue to update data as it becomes available – sometimes as often as every 15 minutes – and make improvements to the user experience. The portal will also become a key reporting tool for Alberta’s new enhanced monitoring system.

Group photo (L-R): David Perry (Esri Canada), Derek Nalder, Andrew Buffin, Nicole Spears, Heather Carmichael, Roger Burns, Alex Miller (Esri Canada President), Judy Heilman, Vernon Remesz, Roger Ramcharita, Moses Bitew and Matthew Lynch

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