Posts Tagged ‘Geospatial data’


Plan to attend the inaugural Geomatics Cafe in Room 252 of the MacOdrum Library

on October 24th, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

This event will be hosted by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre.

Come and listen to 3 presentations about geomatics research being done by Carleton University researchers from diverse backgrounds followed by questions from the audience. View the presentations description here.

Coffee and tea will be provided


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Scholars GeoPortal is an award-winning* geospatial data discovery tool allowing Ontario’s university students and researchers to enrich their teaching and research by engaging with OCUL’s growing collection of geospatial data. The portal offers search, preview, query, download and sharing functionality for datasets licensed by Ontario university libraries, covering such topics as land use, transportation networks, census boundaries, geology, soils, points of interest (such as healthcare facilities, schools, and airports), air photos, and more.

Scholars GeoPortal is the result of a 3-year OCUL project supported by the Government of Ontario through its OntarioBuys initiative. A collaborative effort including the work of OCUL members and faculty from across the province, the Scholars Portal team, and partners from the Ontario government, this new platform is powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of software.

The data can be exported in a number of popular formats, including as a shapefile, DWG, DXF, GeoTiff, and MrSID.

Access to Scholars GeoPortal @

For more information, please contact the GIS Librarian, David Sharp

Source: OCUL

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Check out the list of the latest releases of topographic maps and data from Natural Resources Canada.

“NRCan announces the release of 324 new, updated or re-released Canadian Topographic Maps accessible via GeoGratis. This release includes new maps covering regions of Canada’s North previously unmapped at 1:50 000 scale, as well as updated maps for areas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. See the list of newly released topographic maps on GeoGratis.”

Source: For Data links see the  What’s New page at NRCan


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Why Geography Matters – Roadkill, Canada and Practical Uses of Geomatics at Carleton U

Kudos to geographers Scott Mitchell, Steve Prashker and Fraser Taylor at Carleton University who made themselves available to speak about Geography Awareness Week.

Scott Mitchell uses GIS to analyze spatial data to assist environmental decision-making, especially in the context of agricultural and forested landscapes.

Steve Prashker in an instructor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies whose expertise focuses on the art, science and tech of managing geographic information, how Canadians are knowingly or unknowingly using geographic information, and Canada’s role in developing and providing geomatics.

Fraser Taylor is Distinguished Research Professor in the department and Director, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. Fraser’s offered insights into the importance of place in modern society, as well as issues related to maps and mapping, the management and use of geospatial information.

Source: Carleton Newsroom

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You might want to check out this new Youtube video from Penn State Public Broadcasting.

It is called the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.

The project will feature a web-based serial release of video episodes—each telling an intriguing geospatial story, which I first mentioned on my blog last July.


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The Library has acquired geospatial data from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. The RVCA is an environmental protection and advisory agency that works with the Ottawa and area municipalities to protect watershed resources. Acquired data includes flood plains, snowpack, stream surveys, water quality, and shoreline classification.

Contact David Sharp for more information at 520-2600 ext. 8198 or email at gis@carleton.ca

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