Geo Community Projects Portal to be Launched August 2016

Jul 07, 2016

GeoAlliance Canada will soon be launching our community projects portal at This valuable piece of digital infrastructure will allow our members to refine project ideas, build teams, and seek out funding. The portal will provide a neutral platform for project teams to share documents and collaborate.

As previously noted, project submissions must fall into one of three categories: data access, education and capacity building, or sector identity. All eligible submissions will be considered by an appointed Project Review Committee, and GeoAlliance Canada will support approved projects in the following ways:

  • By connecting project leads with potential team members across the country and across the sectors and disciplines that make up the Canadian geo community;
  • By connecting people with similar ideas and encouraging them to work together to reduce duplication and share resources where it makes sense to do so;
  • By providing a detailed evaluation of each project proposal, with feedback to help the project lead develop and refine their idea;
  • By supporting external funding applications made by project teams;
  • By providing communications and marketing support through GeoAlliance’s cross-country, cross-sector outreach;
  • By providing oversight and accountability to help project teams meet their milestones;
  • By administering a dedicated budget for community-led projects.


The portal and Project Review Committee are being launched by GeoAlliance in a bid to reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts across our community and increase the overall investment in projects that benefit our community. The portal is designed to be flexible and scalable over time. By focusing our collective energy on feasible, high impact projects, we will raise the profile of the geography, geomatics and geospatial professions across Canada.


How will the portal work?

1. Project leads must belong to an organization that is a GeoAlliance Canada member in good standing. See how to join for more information about membership.

2. The project lead must submit their concept online through the portal; concepts are reviewed quarterly by the Project Review Committee and feedback is returned to the project lead.

Preliminary Review Questions:

    • Is the project lead a member of GeoAlliance?
    • Is it clear what problem is being solved?
    • Does the proposed solution clearly address the stated problem?
    • Does the project team have demonstrated experience and expertise in this area?
    • Is the project objective clearly stated?
      • Is it feasible?
      • Will this project benefit the Canadian geo community?
      • Will this project have sustainable, long-term impacts?
    • Is the target audience clearly identified? And will this project create significant benefit to the target audience?

3. Using the feedback from the committee, the project lead has an opportunity to reiterate and re-submit their concept.

4. When the project concept is approved by the committee, the project lead will be asked for additional documentation, including a budget and critical path with key milestones identified.

Secondary Review:

    • Is the proposed project feasible, given the time and resources available?
    • Is the critical path logical and comprehensive? Are key milestones identified?
    • Is every task assigned?
    • Does this critical path lead to successfully meeting the objective as stated in phase 1?
    • If resources are requested from GeoAlliance, are they being matched by other sources?
    • Who will take on a mentorship role for this project?

5. A member of the Project Review Committee or an experienced project lead will be assigned as a dedicated project mentor. They will touch base with the project lead regularly to make sure milestones are being achieved, and will report back to the Project Review Committee on the project’s progress.

6. At the conclusion of the project, the project lead will be asked to submit a 1-2 page summary report outlining what the objectives were, whether the team was successful at meeting them, and documenting any lessons learned.

7. Veteran project leads may be asked to mentor incoming project teams.


We’re excited to launch our community projects portal! We’ve worked hard since our Map to the Future event in March 2016 to bring this effort to fruition, but our success (as always) depends on you, the national geo community. We are relying on you to bring forward your brightest ideas, your valuable time, and your energy to advance our shared goals. If you have questions about this initiative or would like to get involved, please contact us.

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