Geospatial Resources

Geospatial data and software are used to collect, analyze and interpret geographic information. Geomatics is the science of collecting, storing, analyzing and interpreting spatial data. Geospatial data can be used in a variety of applications such as mapping, surveying, navigation, land use planning, environmental monitoring, and resource management.

Canadian opendataGeomatics data and software are used in industries such as agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban planning, oil and gas, and mining. Geomatics software includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite imagery, surveying and mapping software, and other specialized applications.

The combination of these technologies allow for efficient and accurate data collection and analysis, as well can be used to help identify trends and patterns in the environment, track the movement of animals and natural resources, and monitor the health of ecosystems. Geomatics data and software are essential for understanding and managing the Earth’s resources.

We use the “Geospatial Resources” section of our site to share various information about geospatial data & software that we use or know about. See the various pages listed further below for more information …

If you have information related to Geospatial Resources that you think we should share here, then please do let us know.

Guidelines for Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Surveying

Guidelines for Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Surveying

Both RTK & RTN GNSS surveying can allow people to achieve relative positioning with centimetre (cm) precision, however there are several important factors that need to be considered and thus a need for a good guide of best practices (equipment calibration, errors, multipath, geometry, etc.).
Canadian opendata

Canadian Open Data and Free Geospatial Data

Over the past few years has been highlighting and promoting various cities and provinces in Canada that have done a great job providing data and applications to the public. We created this page a few years ago to collaborate links of all the open geospatial data info (sites that offer data downloads at no cost and without restrictions), fee based geospatial data, online web mapping applications and other great sources of geospatial information (including National, Provincial and Regional levels). This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (... we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding "Where can I find data for ...?") so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.
Indigenous Place Names in Canada map

Indigenous Place Names in Canada Map

The map depicts Indigenous Place Names in Canada, shared by several First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. A high resolution digital version is provided that may be downloaded for free and printed for personal or educational uses.
CCA Mapping Competitions

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Map Competition

Every year the CCA announces awards, prizes and scholarships for Canadian post-secondary students involved in any forms of cartography or map-making. Find out how you could get some $$ for maps you create while at school!!!
Free GIS Day Promotional Resources

Free GIS Day Promotion Resources

GIS Day provides a forum for GIS users all over the world to demonstrate how real-world applications are making a difference in society. This year GIS day is Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Download free resources provided to help you put together a fun and successful GIS Day event ...
GeoNB Map Viewer

New Improved GeoNB Map Viewer

Service New Brunswick has recently launched a new version of their popular GeoNB Map Viewer, as part of their continued efforts to deliver geographic data to their citizens in a free easy-to-use application.

A Place for the Geospatial Community to Connect and Share Knowledge

geoSpatialOnline (gO) is an online place created to help people connect and share knowledge with other enthusiasts in the geospatial community. It includes a wide range of topics in almost all geospatial related disciplines, and is open to everyone, regardless of experience or skill level.
Automatically Extracted Buildings

LiDAR Extracted Building Footprints Open Data

Natural Resources Canada recently added a new data layer to the Federal Government Open Data portal to help with emergency management (particularly for flood and earthquake risk analysis).
Canadian Geodetic Survey Monument

Canadian Geodetic Survey releases new version of NAD83

The Canadian Geodetic Survey (CGS), a branch of NRCan recently announced they are releasing a new version of NAD83(CSRS)