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Comparison of top Free Online Map Sites (part 2)

Online web mapping for most people is still a relatively new concept; however it has actually been around now for many years now, long enough that a good majority of us now take it for granted. And like many other great products from our modern society there are always various versions or brands that tend to shine and become more popular than the others.

This part 2 of the feature – Comparison of Free Online Map Sites ‘Bing Maps vs Google Maps’ that takes a closer look at Microsoft’s web mapping service provided as a part of their Bing suite of search engines and powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework.

Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Science GIS

SFU offrs a Certificate in Spatial Information Systems (SIS) program comprised of nine undergraduate level courses and also a Bachelor of Science in GIS program. The SFU state of the art geography facility has allowed students to adapt to the growing industry and are exceptionally well qualified to contribute to a rapidly growing industry.

GIS jobs in Newfoundland

The largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula is St. John’s. It is also the most populous Metropolitan Area of the province, and also the second largest in the Atlantic Provinces (only smaller then Halifax).

Thanks to many recently discovered oil and gas fields, the province has changed from a “Have Not” one to one that supports others thanks to an economic boom that has spurred population growth and commercial development. Geomatics is one of many industries that has been able to benefit from the economic boom and you can often find many GIS jobs offered in and around the St. John’s area.

British Columbia Court Services Locator Map

DataBC and the Ministry of Justice have joined forces to provide an online mapping application to help the people of British Columbia be able to spatially locate where the various court facilities in British Columbia are located.

The interactive mapping tool based on the Google Maps platform uses data from uses data from DataBC and Ministry of Justice (Court Services Branch) to provide people with a new way of accessing location information for courts in British Columbia.Thier interactive mapping tool offers various search abilities and provides the locations of courts in the map window that when clicked, prodding basic information and links to the respective web pages for that facility with more adequate information.

Free Data Sets for the City of Toronto

The City of Toronto has recently celebrated two years of online Open Data service and they have full intention on continuing to build on that success, by stating that they intend to add more data layers and will further develop their site.

Data sets are provided in various standard downloadable file formats such as XLS, CSV, DGN & SHP. All data set contains basic meta info associated with them such as who created the data, date, format, projection, attributes, contact info etc. The bottom line here is the City of Toronto has granted the GIS community a royalty free, non exclusive licence to use, modify, and distribute any of their data sets that they continue to make available via their data catalogue.

Free Data Sets for the City of Edmonton & ESRI online mapping tools

The City of Edmonton has been providing an online Open Data service to help make municipal information more accessible since 2009. They feel that through collaboration and innovation that they have become a leader in Open Government by using the latest technology to increase access to their information.

One difference that Edmonton has from the other cities is that they provide the ability to visualize the data sets unsing online ESRI web mapping technology. This way allows users to better unserdtand what the data sets they are downloading consists of.

Canadian initiatives for Open Data Resources

The City of Toronto has recently celebrated two years of online Open Data service and they continue to build on that success, by stating that they intend to add more data layers and further develop their online data portal. So with that in mind I thought I would take a closer look at how Open Data Frameworks are currently doing here in Canada.

Canadian Maps

A major part of any GIS are Canadian Maps produced that help illustrate and provide visible spatial information, the Canadian GIS & Geomatics site has been providing people with map resources since 2005, and continues to list great resources. To find some awesome Canadian maps, check some of the links included on this post, browse through our data and Canadian map listings, use the search tools found along the right hand side or follow us on Twitter (we post images and links to a wide variety of maps daily).

Things to See & Do in British Columbia

BCParks has created a simple online mapping application with data from the DataBC program to help people in British Columbia find things see and do in British Columbia by identifying the various locations of the Province’s Parks, Protected Areas, Recreation Areas and Ecological Reserves.

The online interactive mapping tool based on the Google Maps platform offers various searching abilities and provides users with some control over the features and map layers that are displayed in the mapping window. This online map application is …