Looking for data sets featuring Newfoundland and Labrador? Then you should check out the Newfoundland and Labrador OpenData. They are providing data in various accessible formats numerical tabular styled files as well as common text formats.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has recently launched a new update to the already innovative GeoGratis website (Note: although it has gone live it is still in beta mode). GeoGratis is a web portal that provides access to a wide collection of Canadian geospatial data, maps, images, and publications at no cost and without restrictions.
All data accessed via GeoGratis comes with an Unrestricted Use Licence Agreement that grants users a non-exclusive, royalty-free right and licence to exercise all intellectual property rights in the data including the right to use, incorporate, sub-license, modify, further develop, and distribute the data. The various downloadable geospatial data, maps, images, and publications in several different popular formats such as geopdf, geotiff, pdf, shape file and tiff.
Improvements to the new site made go much deeper then just minor cosmetic changes. GeoGratis Website is now easier to use and allows access to better search tools where one can now view and download all available geospatial data sets consolidated into the same web site.
The new Platform also now better supports developers that want to create unique and innovative mapping applications with Canadian data, images and documents using one of the three available GeoGratis Application Programming Interfaces (API’s). These include the GeoGratis API, the GeoLocation API and also an updated Canada base web map service (WMS) that now also includes Canadian transportation data (Canada Base Map for Transportation – CBM-T).
NRCan feels that the new GeoGratis service is compatible with OpenGIS® Consortium (OGC), innovative and cutting-edge, and will provide a better one stop site for people to obtain Canadian geospatial data, maps, images and publications.
The New GeoGratis Website: An Innovative Geospatial Platform for all Canadians; consolidates several location-based services including The Canadian Geographical Names Database (CGNDB), Atlas Gazetteer, Postal Codes and National Topographic System (NTS) Map search. The CGNDB manages names records for populated places and physical features across Canada. Users can search by geographic location using the map of Canada, name, physical feature, subject, NTS number or product title.
NRCan has been listening to what the geomatics community has been asking for all along. And as a result have taken what was already a pretty good service that offered free data and information and consolidated it together, cleaned it up and then added some more tools as well.
Therefore one should only expect that with all this royalty-free geospatial data and API tools now available that we should start to see more Canadian Cities and Municipalities start to offer web mapping sites and geographic information for their citizens.
Take a look at the new and improved GeoGratis Website for yourself using either the new search interface or simply browse through the extensive directory listing of hundreds of different maps, imagery and geospatial data sets to discover what the Federal Government of Canada has to offer the geomatics community.
So far this year Natural Resources Canada has released over 350 updated or new topographic map sheets and made them available to the public in what they refer to as the CanTopo series. CanTopo is considered the next generation of topographic map sheets that provides quality spatial information that fully complies with international geomatic standards.
The digital maps are considered multipurpose because they can be utilized for a wide range of uses from many different organizations and individuals. Georeferenced versions can also be used with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and other digital geographic data sets with various software packages such as Google Earth, ArcMap or Global Mapper. You can also simply print them and use them the way they are, as regular NTS paper maps, just like most of done for years.
The Federal Government produces and acquires data sets in many different areas including health, agriculture, the environment and natural resources. The Government of Canada launched an open data portal [data.gc.ca] earlier this year as part of Canada’s open government initiative. The portal aims to provide Canadians with a single point of access to find and download government Canadian Geospatial Data sets.
“The goal of the Open Data Portal is to create socioeconomic opportunities and promote informed participation by the public by expanding access to federal government data.”
The site provides the ability to search over 150 Canadian Geospatial Data sets that have been sorted into 18 different categories such as Imagery and Basemaps, Atmosphere and Climate, Cadastral and many more. Data is made available for both non-commercial and commercial uses.
Canadian Geospatial Data
Many of the data sets provided here are still the same data that you would get from other places such as GeoGratis, GeoBase or Natural Resources Canada but here they the Government is trying to be more efficient to its citizens by making it easier for GIS users to find Canadian data sets.
The Canadian open data portal [data.gc.ca] should be one of the sites that you go to when you are looking for Canadian geospatial data for your projects. So good luck in your search, I hope you find the data that you need.
Search for Geospatial Data Sets on the Canadian open data portal: http://open.canada.ca/en
If anybody knows of other good sources of Canadian Geospatial Data Sets, then let me know and I will include the information for others to know more about it.
Many Canadian Provinces, Cities and municipalities have been getting involved in the Open Data Resource Initiative such as the City of Totonto, the City o Edmonton, the Province of New Brunswick and many more.
If you are looking for free open source GIS data sites then we suggest that you make a link to CanadianGIS.com GIS data sources, as we are constantly adding more resources to that page as they become available.
Over the past few years CanadianGIS.com 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.
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