New Interactive Map allows people to Connect with The International Space Station

Interactive Tweet Map

Connect with The International Space Station and People From all Around The World!

[Originally published Jun 10, 2014]

Last year Dave MacLean (@DaveAtCOGS), a GIS instructor from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia combined Chris Hadfield’s (@Cmdr_Hadfield) amazing collection of aerial photos that he captured while commanding the International Space Station into an interactive online map. The Interactive Tweet Map quickly grew traction and popularity all over the world and allows users the ability to locate the places in each photo while interacting with Hadfield and the other astronauts as they rotated the earth around 18 times a day.

Now a  new joint project between NASA, COGS, and Esri was recently kicked off by Reid Wiseman (@Astro_Reid), one of the astronauts currently living on the space station by tweeting from the Space Station. The new map (http://bit.ly/SpotTheStation2) is sort of an inverse idea to the original one, as this one is maps the many locations around the world where people have spotted the International Space Station. The community driven project is open to all and anyone can contribute.

How can you contribute?

                  • First spot the Space Station in the sky as it flies over your location (easiest to locate just after dusk or near dawn – Space Station schedule http://www.isstracker.com)

 

 

                  • Then tell the world about it by … tweeting your location (town, country-or-prov-or-state) and include the hashtag #SpotTheStation (include a picture, if you’d like)

 

 

              • e.g. “ISS just flew over head here in Merigomish, Nova Scotia   #SpotTheStation”

 

Your Tweet will then automatically appear on the map at your location containing your tweet with your info & photo For more info, contact Dave MacLean (@DaveAtCOGS)


 

 

Creative Art/Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

International Map Year Canada

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) have announced that they are hosting a Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students for International Map Year.

The creative mapping GANS contest is open to students of all grades including post secondary students and is intended to help encourage young people to participate in creative cartographic activities while learning more about the geography, heritage and history of Nova Scotia.  
 

Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries in 7 different categories thanks to several generous sponsors including Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Esri Canada, Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and Canadian Geographic.

Nova Scotian teachers/students may submit maps, on the theme “Nova Scotia – A Province Rich in Heritage”.

Categories of competition: Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

  1. Primary – Grade 2 – Creative Maps
  2. Grade 3 – Grade 6 – Creative Maps
  3. Grade 7 – Grade 9 – Creative Maps
  4. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – Creative Maps
  5. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – GIS Story Maps
  6. Post-secondary – Creative Maps
  7. Post-secondary – GIS Story Maps
Contest rules,  guidelines and more details are available from the GANS website: http://gans.ca/map-competition.html

Ontario Trail Maps

 

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps

Ontario Trail Maps: The Ontario Trails Council is a charity that was created to promote the development, preservation and management recreational related trails in Ontario. Several Ontario trail maps have been created to help people find cycling routes and loops with descriptions, hiking and walking trails, and other recreation related trails such as ATV, snowmobiling, canoeing and many more.

Ontario Trail MapsOntarioTrailsMap.com is an Ontario Trails Council online mapping application that has a quick selection menu with search functionality that allows users to quickly narrow down their search to any region in Ontario and desired trail type. Details about the various trails provided include trail type, trail lengths, difficulty rating and other details such as photos and descriptions.

OntarioTrailMaps.ca provides users with a series of of easy-to-read full color regional maps featuring recreational related trails in Ontario. Their maps are published by AdverMap and available in paper hard copy or scanned digital versions. AdverMap has distributed more then 100,000 trail maps throughout Ontario

Start exploring trails in your area, or venture out and explore some of Ontario that you have never been to before …

 

Atlas of Mi’kmaw Place Names

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Place Names Atlas

The most complete geographical representation ever created of Mi’kma’ki (territory inhabited by the Mi’kmaq) and Mi’kmaw Place Names is now available online thanks to the efforts of more than 100 people, spanning thousands of hours  of work over five years.Interactive Atlas of Mi’kmaw Place Names in Nova Scotia

The digital atlas includes an online interactive map with more than 700 place names derived from approximately 1500 names collected throughout Nova Scotia from interviews with Mi’kmaw Elders and others.

The digital atlas also includes pronunciation, translations, etymology, and other features, such as photos and videos of some of the interviews. The user has the ability to customize the map by selecting various GIS layers including hydrology, terrain elevation, historical maps of Nova Scotia and much more.

To find out more see Mi’kmawPlaceNames.ca and to access the digital atlas go to sparc.smu.ca/mpnmap/

 


Northern Policy Institute launches ‘North by Numbers’

NorthByNumbers Exploring Northen Ontarios Communities

Northern Policy Institute, Northern Ontario’s independent research think tank located in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, has launched a new interactive online mapping application called North by Numbers. Their new interactive  data tool can be used to display census data from Northern Ontario for the years 2001 to 2011. 

NorthByNumbers Exploring Northen Ontarios CommunitiesData layers can be customized by selecting various topics using available options provided in several drop-down lists.  First users select a Topic, then a Variable, then a Year, and finally define the Geography of interest.

The results using several data sources from Statistics Canada or the National Household Survey of 2011 will appear in the map window with a small legend  near the top right of the screen. Data layers are displayed using a sequential color scheme quintile approach made up of 5 different colors, except for Aboriginal Identity variables that uses a natural breaks classification method instead.NorthByNumbers - export data layers to Google Earth

Export Data Layers in tabular format or Google Earth

They also provide users the ability to print or export the results. You can download the corresponding tabular data for the entire layer in comma separated values (CSV) file format file to use with MS Excel, Open Office Calc, Notepad, etc. You can also download the actual layer itself to be viewed in Google Earth, where you can add other data layers to further customize your results.

Check out North by Numbers yourself: http://NorthByNumbers.ca

 

 

 


The Regina Online Culture Map

Regina Online Culture Map

The city of Regina, second largest in Saskatchewan is a beautiful little city situated in the center of the prairies offering many different attractions and events that take place every year for residents and tourists alike.

Regina Online Culture Map - online web map

Information of various events and activities can now be easily found on their online interactive Culture Web Map. With this neat little tool the city provides information on many of Regina’s cultural resources with promises of expansion as Regina grows and changes (major updates are expected to happen at least every six months)

The Regina Cultural Map is based on ESRI web server technology and has been looks rather sharp while keeping it as simple as can be so that it appeals to almost everyone.

Along the top of the interactive map contains is a quick tool bar with a variety of leisure and culture categories represented by artsy little icons. Selecting on of the icons then populates the map with the data from that category (categories such as Art Galleries, Cinemas,Festivals, Heritage properties, museums, public art and much more).

Regina Online Culture Map

Clicking on one of the icons that appears on the interactive map will then zoom the user into that particular area of interest and provide more information about it including, web site links, address location, photos and sometimes more details about it.

The Regina Online Culture Map is a great example of how data for an area can be spatially stored and presented in a tool that almost anyone can use while providing residents and tourists with details that can help them find the latest events and activities available to them.

To check out the Regina Culture Map for your self simply follow the link here http://culture.regina.ca

Trans Canada Trail – interactive web map

Trans Canada Trail Map

The Trans Canada Trail is the worlds longest networked multi-use recreational trail system that consists of more than 16500 kilometers of the fully operational trails across Canada. It is currently about seventy three percent of the overall proposed routes and when fully completed should span over 22500 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean, across every province and territory, connecting thousands of communities and all Canadians. “The Trans Canada Trail inspires Canadians of all ages to get active and keep fit and helps educate individuals of all ages about Canada’s history and cultural and natural heritage”.

 

Every day Canadians and international visitors use these trails to walk, bike, ski, canoe and snowmobile along. Several information Pavilions have been established across the system to provide information about sections of the trail helping people to experience Canada’s unique landscapes. The Trans Canada Trail Organization does not actually own or operate any of the trails but provides a non profit organization to helps run and manage the community based project with the different sections owned and maintained by various local organizations, provincial and national agencies and a multitude of municipalities.

The Trans Canada Trail Map web site offers an interactive Trans Canada Trail map based on ESRI technology that provides users with a new way to explore and learn more about the Trans Canada Trail System. The interactive site encourages public input providing functionality allowing Canadians to place points or lines on the map marking different parts of the trail that they may have explored or places that they wish to explore as well as opportunities to upload photos and stories to help share their experiences with other Canadians. The online web map offers users the ability to explore the trail system for areas that may be more suitable for different activities such as biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing as well as search tools to help find parts of the trail network near you.

There is a disclaimer on the site recommending that the map works best in Fire fox, Safari or Google Chrome, but I did notice that the map browser can sometimes still be some what problematic in these browsers. Either way I am sure you will quickly notice that this online web map is a great little way to way to explore and learn more about the Trans Canada Trail System. – Trans Canada Trail map


[Article originally published on June 23, 2013]

Canada Lands Digital Cadastral Data & Mapping Applications

Download Canada Lands Digital Cadastral Data

Canada Lands digital cadastral data is used to define internal and external boundaries of Canada Lands. Canada Lands are any federal Crown lands belonging to the Crown, that are situated in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or in any National Park or Indian Reserve, as defined by the Indian Act. For more specific info about check out Canada Lands see Surveys, Parcel and Tenure on Canada Lands by Dr. Brian Ballantyne.

Digital cadastral data of Canada Lands depicting the internal and external boundaries is managed by Natural Resources Canada, and is made available for public use in a variety of formats. Several pre-made mapping products related to Canada Lands are available, a Canada Lands Google Earth file, and Canada Lands digital cadastral data in CAD or GIS formats. Pre-made maps are provided in PDF format at National and regional scales.

Links to download Canada Lands digital cadastral datasets:

Canada Lands Mapping Applications

The Canada Lands overlay in Google Earth KMZ format, is a handy file providing information for boundaries and parcels of National Parks, Indian Reserves, National Parks and the territories and links to digital cadastral datasets and survey plans and related maps. The KMZ file is dynamic so only needs to be downloaded once, and automatically updates via the internet.

The Canada Lands Survey System online map browser is another application by Natural Resources Canada created to help locate digital cadastral datasets and survey plans of Canada Lands. The search tools included are great for finding survey plans and related maps related to internal and external boundaries of Canada Lands.

 


MapYourProperty

Map Your Property

Map Your Property, an Innovative Mapping Application

Map Your Property (MYP), is an all in one innovative mapping application designed for property development and real estate industry. Ideal tool for urban planners and developers, it provides instant access to planning, environmental info and zoning maps. MYP makes use of over twenty-five opendata sets,  hundreds of maps and zoning information from the City of Toronto, Region of York, and Ontario Government.Map Your Property

Users simply enter their address into the search tool to begin and you then they are provided with different mapping layers overlayed ontop of their property, allowing you to determine its true development value. MYP is quick providing you your property details in only a few minutes thanks to powerful cloud data solutions.

MYP provides by-law zoning, floodplain, land use areas, and permitted uses using Ontario, Region, City, and Conservation Authority information.

Planning

Map Your Property

  • Municipal Official Plans
  • Toronto Bylaw 569-2013
  • Toronto Former By-Laws
  • Toronto Secondary Plans
  • Land Use & Zoning Policies

Provincial

  • Greenbelt Plan
  • Oak Ridge Moraine Plan
  • Protected Countryside
  • Growth Plan
  • Lake Simcoe Plan

WaterMap Your Property

  • Rivers
  • 1m contours
  • Floodplain (coming soon)
  • Top of Slope (coming soon)

Natural

  • Wetlands
  • Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
  • Wooded Areas

MYP currently only covers the City of Toronto and the York region but they are now working on expanding to include the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Kitchener Waterloo regions. And are taking requests for other possible regions to cover.

Planning information is updated weekly directly from local sources such as the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, City of Toronto and the Region of York. For more information or to share your feedback go to MapYourProperty.com

 

Canadian Pirate maps

Canadian Pirate maps - custom Pirate map of PEI

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 …