To help provide better access to open data, Google has launched a beta version of their Dataset Search tool, so that the geospatial community can discover the data they need for their projects
Since starting our Open Data Resources list in 2010, we have received thousands of requests to help people find various Canadian data to use with their geospatial projects. And in that time have started an unofficial list of places where LiDAR data that is available for the public to use.
Today we are making our list available to our readers in the hopes that more people can make use if this data and that the geospatial community might help add more sources to it.
An online mapping tool of Toronto has been providing users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …
Because an unknown GIS file format can be every GIS analysts worst nightmare.
In a GIS career, a person will encounter a wide range of GIS formats. GIS technicians manage, share and create data in various geospatial data formats. Here is the Ultimate List of GIS Formats & Geospatial File Extensions, some are common while some are not so common.
ColorBrewer – an online tool for selecting colors for your maps
ColorBrewer 2.0 is a simple online tool that helps you choose appropriate color schemes to use with your online mapping projects. It works with 3 different types of data schemes: sequential (data that ranges from low to high), diverging (data with equal an emphasis on critical values and extremes) or qualitative ( best suited for nominal or categorical data).
You start with a sample map that does not depict actual data but has been carefully designed for evaluating the robustness of color schemes.
Choose the types of data scheme that best suits your data set, next select the number of data classes and then select a color palette range. Then you will be provide with the color codes that best represents your data.
You can also download a ColorBrewer style file for use in ArcGIS, Excel file including all color schemes in one file, CartoCSS styles and several other formats.
You can find Color Brewer at colorbrewer2.org
The video below does a great job of demonstrating how to use the ColorBrewer tool.
Where does one look when they want to find Canadian Pirate Maps?
Pirate maps are often hand drawn spatial representation on paper that mark locaions of buried treasues or important landmarks. Pirate maps ussually appear rough or tattered from being passed through time or simply being used in the rough elements, like on salt spray on the deck of a pirate ship. Most kids are familiar with pirate maps thanks to great works of fiction like “Treasure Island” and the legends of “Captain Kidd”, and theses days most kids most can relate pirates to thanks to Disney.
Canadian Pirate Maps
Now to be quite honest we do not actually have any real Canadian Pirate maps to share (although am sure that some exist, like maps the Oak Island treasure) but instead we have an online web mapping application to share that uses regular Google web maps but makes it appear to like pirate maps (like the map of Prince Edward Island above).
This mapping application operates just like regular Google maps, with the same navigational tools but instead adds a filter to the map to make it appear more rustic and adds some pirate themed symbology. You can navigate or search for any place in Canada and create a custom fun map that looks like a pirate map.
“Yarr, Pirate Maps is the greatest invenshun since iBones. It’s just like usin’ real google maps, but better – ‘cos everythin’ is all piratey and mappy.” yarrmaps.com
Now it may not be the most useful web mapping application, but it is always great to find ones this that helps make maps more fun. Give it a try for your self …
Data is a vital role in geomatics related projects and for many years we have been helping people find Canadian data resources. Here you will find a large list of Nova Scotia Mapping Resources …
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