Automated Generation of Software Tools to Support Data Ingestion for Environmental Modelling and Monitoring

Environmental modelling and monitoring software systems, which are very important in assessing the effects of climate change, require open data from a large number of sources including all levels of government, NGOs such as watershed management authorities, consultants and business. This data needs to be brought together into internal databases and to be kept up-to-date to perform the required underlying computations. Collecting this data manually and keeping it current requires an incredible amount of error-prone manual labour.

Built Stories: a Web-based and Mobile Information System for Community Led Heritage Asset Inventory and the Preservation of History, Culture and Built Heritage

The overarching aim of the study, of which the proposed MITACS funded work is part, is to determine if heritage designation impacts properties and to better understand some people’s support and other peoples resistance to designation. One aspect in particular concerns a building's time-on-the-market (TOM). Although there have been studies on designation, there is a gap in academic literature that explains how heritage designation may impact a building’s TOM and how people’s perception of that factor influences their attitudes toward heritage conservation.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: a Web-based and Mobile Information System to Support Land Management, Consultation, and the Preservation of History, Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The two goals of this project are to:

1. create a demonstration information system based on an existing system called Dreamcatcher for consultation, land-use, occupancy, and planning based on the archival material of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN); and

2. use this system and First Story to preserve and promote Aboriginal history and culture from the Aboriginal perspective.