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GIS Day @ the Library

Today is GIS Day at Carleton’s MacOdrum Library, 4th floor in the new Discovery Centre.

GIS day is held worldwide during Geography Awareness Week, November 17-23, 2013. Explore how the world of geomatics and geographic information systems impact our daily lives. GIS Day is a forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Browse the exhibitions from local companies at the GIS trade show. This event is open to all ages with an interest in geography and the ever-expanding use of GIS technology. Everyone is invited to participate! Discover GIS

 

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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 @
http://www.library.carleton.ca/find/databases/scholars-geoportal

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

Source: OCUL

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History of GIS

Geographic Information Systems

The first truly operational GIS appeared in Ottawa, Ontario in 1962 and was developed by Roger Tomlinson of Canada’s Department of Forestry and Rural Development in an effort to use map overlays for analysis of various areas in Canada.

Source: Matt Rosenberg’s Did you Know

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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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New GIS Bibliography

This bibliography covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology. It indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports from the origins of GIS to the present. There are currently 106,842 entries in the Esri GIS Bibliography

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Researchers from the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and Carleton University have produced a map of science that aims to make it easier to navigate through millions of scientific research articles.

Created using NRC-CISTI’s large collection of digital scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles, this map marks the first time document contents alone have been used to produce a viable map of science. Millions of articles were semantically analyzed and their similarities-and the similarities of their respective journals-were used to create a two-dimensional visualization.

The researchers’ primary focus is visualizing individual user search results to support the search experience.

Read more here.

Source: http://www.gisuser.com

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Have you always wanted to add a map to your project?  Do you want to learn more about making maps online?

Come to a 45 minute session sponsored by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) and LSS to find out how you can easily add custom maps to your assignments, papers or presentations.

Participants will learn how to use special features of Google Maps, Google Earth, Bing Maps and GPS Visualizer.

Location: Room 402
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: Tuesday  February 23, 2010
No Pre-registration Necessary

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