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Hi,
My name is Laura and I'm a GIS Technician in Vancouver, BC. I came to GIS through my love of cartography. I really wanted to be a Cartographer but felt that GIS would provide more employment opportunities. Far from being a shoddy second prize, I have found that GIS has allowed me a lot more creative freedom with my maps than the "Cartographer" positions I have held, which often had established cartographic standards which felt restrictive. However, cartography is my first love and so I am here to pick up any tips, tricks and to educate myself as much as I can. I am only a couple of years into my career and I look forward to learning from others' knowledge and experience!
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Hi Laura, and welcome to Cartotalk. Feel free to add some samples of your work to the Map Gallery, we're always interested in seeing maps here ;)
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I have found that GIS has allowed me a lot more creative freedom with my maps than the "Cartographer" positions I have held, which often had established cartographic standards which felt restrictive.

That's interesting and now that you mention it it makes sense.
Welcome! And as Hans said, feel free to post some of your maps, especially useful if you want some feedback and tips. Besides, we all love looking at maps. :)
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Greetings from Nelson BC! I'd love to see some of your work too. Don't be shy! ;)

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Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!
I am fairly new to this field still so don't have a big portfolio yet, but I am working on a couple of maps that may be worthy of posting. Will post as soon as they are ready!

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Welcome to CartoTalk Laura,

I'm glad to have another left-coaster in the forums.

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Hello, Laura! I am in Canada, too!
You will have a lot of fun with all the map people here :)

Cheers,
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Welcome to Cartotalk, Laura. Look forward to hearing from you. Have you managed to find employment in the field?

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Welcome to Cartotalk, Laura. Look forward to hearing from you. Have you managed to find employment in the field?



I have found it incredibly hard to find employment...I lucked out a few months after graduation and had a friend of a friend who knew someone in the federal gov't that needed a GIS Tech. That contract job led to another short term contract with a different federal department. I am employed in the field now, (not with the feds anymore) but have basically had to take absolutely anything offered to me, as I've been stuck in that whole issue of nobody will even talk to you if you don't have 2 years experience. To be fair I have been unwilling to move out of the Vancouver area though, which I know limits my opportunities. I have spent a couple months unemployed, and a couple months in an unrelated job since graduating a year and a half ago. It has not been easy, but lately most jobs I apply to I do get a call back for interview now. Phew!

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New Canadian member's Greetings from Ontario - Yours to discover - :)


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Feel free to add some samples of your work to the Map Gallery, we're always interested in seeing maps here



Even undergraduate/college (more like "beginner"/junior) type of works (i.e. previous school projects, let say), welcome too? :mellow:

Because I just skimmed through there seeing the neat works from the professional/advance cartographers (What a huge difference in cartographic "quality"...)

For professional (senior, intermediate) cartographers: Just curious about if any of you had ever submitted your works to ESRI Map Gallery before (within last 2 years) ? Many maps posted there seem to require many years of practices (like at least 10 years) to reach into that kind of professional level. But this is just my subjective opinion.


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It is quite intimidating after looking at the other maps in there! I have yet to post, but I think if you can take the constructive criticism it is a very good place to improve your skills.

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Greetings from Nelson BC! I'd love to see some of your work too. Don't be shy! ;)

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hey Charles, do you ever get up to the Slocan Valley?
i have some friends there, and used to spend time up in Winlaw, and Roseberry.
that is the most incredible area, i miss it.
it's cool to see all the canadians on here, i've always wanted to turn provincial B)
i'm going back up there this year >>

hey mappogirl, and welcome! going to any olympic stuff?
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I may go to some of the free events downtown, just to experience the atmosphere...but with predicted wait times of up to 2 hours for a skytrain, I may just avoid the whole thing!

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Slocan Valley -- yeah! Just around the corner from Nelson. Fantastic scenery. Oh -- Rosebery has only one "r". Probably an example of a spelling blooper that stuck and became official! :rolleyes:

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Greetings from Nelson BC! I'd love to see some of your work too. Don't be shy! ;)

Charles Syrett
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http://www.mapgraphics.com


hey Charles, do you ever get up to the Slocan Valley?
i have some friends there, and used to spend time up in Winlaw, and Roseberry.
that is the most incredible area, i miss it.
it's cool to see all the canadians on here, i've always wanted to turn provincial B)
i'm going back up there this year >>

hey mappogirl, and welcome! going to any olympic stuff?






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