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Geospatial Data

The Map and Data Centre currently holds or has access to a wealth of Geospatial Data, ranging from very detailed local data to worldwide sources. Geospatial Data is made available to University of Western Ontario faculty, students and staff for academic or research purposes through various licensing agreements with the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as private companies.

Data must be requested in person at the Map and Data Centre reference desk and a release agreement must be signed. Patrons will be required to present a valid UWO identification card to gain access to the data.

The Map and Data Centre has a GIS workstation equipped with ArcGIS 10.0 and other software to explore/manipulate the data. UWO patrons may also copy requested resources to a data storage device (ex. USB flash drive, CD-R) for research or teaching use outside of the library. Free online ArcGIS training via the ESRI Virtual Campus is available through the ArcGIS site license for the UWO community.

** Visit Scholars GeoPortal website for a wide variety of Ontario and Canada geospatial data and orthoimagery. 

 

 

Local and Regional Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all available Locally/Regionally produced geospatial data held at the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details including format, size, access, and more.

City of London and Surrounding Area

City of London 2013 Digital Mapping Data Distribution
City of London, 2013
Very detailed 1:2000 scale vector GIS data (Shapefiles). Themes include topographic features (contours and spot heights), building footprints, roads, water, vegetation, etc. Very detailed 15 to 17cm pixel resolution orthoimages (MrSID) clipped to the London municipal boundary.
(more info)


City of London Digital Mapping Data Distribution 
City of London, 2001 - 2012
Very detailed 1:2000 scale vector GIS data (Shapefiles). Themes include topographic features (contours and spot heights), building footprints, roads, water, vegetation, etc. Very detailed 15 to 17cm pixel resolution orthoimages (MrSID) clipped to the London municipal boundary.
(more info)


City of London Planning Districts
City of London, 2008
Vector dataset which shows the 2008 boundaries of the 42 planning districts for the City of London.
(more info)


City of London (North East) IKONOS Satellite Imagery
Space Imaging Inc., 2004
Very detailed 1m to 4m pixel resolution satellite imagery of the North East portion of the city from the UWO campus to the London International Airport.
(more info) (coverage map)


Medway Creek LIDAR Data
University of Western Ontario, 2006
Raw flightline/tile elevation data for the Medway Creek area. Also, includes a very detailed 1 metre pixel resolution bare earth DEM - processed and mosaicked by the Western Libraries.
(more info)


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Flood and Regulation Limits (UWO Clip)
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, 2007
Flood data include cross sections, 100 year flood elevations, 250 year flood elevations and UTRCA regulation limits. Data has been clipped to the immediate area of the University of Western Ontario.
(more info)


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Orthoimagery
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, 2000
Detailed 30cm pixel resolution orthoimage mosaic (MrSID) clipped to the UTRCA watershed boundary at a scale of 1:10,000.
(more info)

City of Hamilton and Surrounding Area

City of Hamilton GIS Vector Data
City of Hamilton, 2009
Detailed topographic and planning vector GIS data (Shapefiles). Themes include contours and escarpment area, building footprints, roads, water, planning units, etc.
(more info)

City of Hamilton Digital Orthoimagery
City of Hamilton, 1999 - 2005, 2009
Very detailed 12cm to 20cm pixel resolution colour orthoimages (MrSID) clipped to the Hamilton municipal boundary.
(more info)

City of Hamilton Open and Accessible Data
City of Hamilton
Vector data available through the City of Hamilton's Open and Accessible Data Pilot initiative. Data sets include arenas, bikeways, waterfalls, HSR transit feed, parks, beaches, museums, etc.
(more info) (direct link)

City of Ottawa and Surrounding Area

Ottawa Region Vector GIS Data
City of Ottawa and National Capital Commission (NCC), 1998 - 2003
1:2,000, 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 scale topographic vector GIS data (Shapefiles) for the Ottawa/Gatineau Region. Themes include contours, vegetation, roads, etc.
(more info)

Ottawa Region Digital Orthoimagery
City of Ottawa and National Capital Commission (NCC), 1998 - 2005
50cm pixel resolution orthoimages (JPEG) clipped to the London municipal boundary at a scale of 1:10,000.
(more info)

Other Regional Data and Imagery

Grand River Conservation Authority Vector and Raster GIS Data
Grand River Conservation Authority, 2006
Detailed hydrologic and management vector and raster GIS data (Shapefiles/ASCII text rasters) for the GRCA watershed area. Themes include floodplains, slope erosion hazards, landcover, digital elevation models, etc.
(more info)

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Orthoimagery
J. D. Barnes First Base Solutions, 2005
Very detailed 20cm pixel resolution colour orthoimage (MrSID) mosaics based on an airphoto scale of 1:10,000.
(more info) (coverage map)

Greenbelt Plan GIS Data
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 2005
Boundary and Natural Heritage System area delineation for the Greenbelt based on the Ontario Greenbelt Act, 2005.
(more info)

Lambton County Orthoimagery
J. D. Barnes First Base Solutions, 2002
30cm pixel resolution colour orthoimages (MrSID) tiled dataset.
(more info) (coverage map)

Niagara Escarpment Plan GIS Data
Niagara Escarpment Commission, 2006
Detailed planning and landscape evaluation vector GIS data for the Niagara Escarpment control area.
(more info)

Places to Grow: GIS Files for the Built Boundary for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, 2008
Detailed "built boundary" vector GIS data for the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.
(more info)

South Central Ontario (Golden Horseshoe and Surroundings) Orthoimagery
J. D. Barnes First Base Solutions, 2002
20 to 50cm pixel resolution colour orthoimages (MrSID) tiled dataset.
(more info) (coverage map)

South Western Ontario Orthoimagery Project (SWOOP)
J. D. Barnes First Base Solutions, 2006
30cm pixel resolution colour orthoimages (MrSID) tiled dataset of Southwestern Ontario. Organized by county/regional municipality.
(more info)

Teranet Province of Ontario Land Information System (POLARIS)
Teranet, 2008
Property boundary parcels for the Regional Municipalities / Counties of Middlesex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Huron, Oxford, Perth and Elgin.
(more info)
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Ontario-Wide Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all Ontario focused geospatial datasets held at or accessible to the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details (including format, size, access, etc.).

Base Mapping / Topographic Data

Digital Cartographic Reference Base (DCRB) 3.0
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 2002
1:100,000 scale Ontario Road Map data. Themes include roads, rivers, car pool lots airports, border crossings, etc.
(more info)

OGDE: Fundamental Dataset
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, various years
Very detailed 1:10,000 (Southern Ontario) and 1:20,000 (Northern Ontario) scale vector GIS data for all of Ontario, divided by MNR Regions (3) or Districts (26). This dataset replaces the Ontario Base Map data. Themes include building footprints and points, roads, rivers, vegetation, etc.
(more info)

OGDE: Provincial Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) v2.0.0
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2005 - 2006
Very detailed 1:10,000 (Southern Ontario) and 1:20,000 (Northern Ontario) scale raster DEM tiles that cover Ontario to the 51st parallel.
(more info) (Interactive index and Coverage Map)

Ontario Municipal Boundaries
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 2004
1:10,000 scale Ontario Municipal Boundaries files current as of January 2004. Dataset includes Districts and Upper, Lower and Single Tier boundaries.
(more info)

Ontario Basic Mapping
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2004
1:10,000 topographic and base data for most of Ontario.
(more info)

Thematic Data

OGDE: Provincial Land Cover
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2000
28-class Ontario Land Cover Database raster, based on the 1:250,000 scale NTS sheets.
(more info)

Southern Ontario Land Resource Information System (SOLRIS)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2000-2002
Landscape-level inventory of natural, rural and urban areas.
(more info) (coverage map)

Soil Types of Southern Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 2000
Soil type data for most of Southern Ontario. Scales vary by County/Region.
(more info) (coverage map)

Bedrock Geology of Ontario
Ontario Geological Survey, 2006
1:250,000 scale map of bedrock geology of Ontario. This seamless GIS data set includes such themes as bedrock units, major faults, dike swarms, iron formations and kimberlites.
(more info)

Bedrock Topography and Overburden Thickness Mapping, Southern Ontario
Ontario Geological Survey, 2006
This release contains bedrock topography and overburden thickness maps for southern Ontario and miscellaneous data points such as geotechnical boreholes, oil and gas wells, outcrops and water wells.
(more info)

Physiography of Southern Ontario
Ontario Geological Survey, 2007
This release contains physiographic GIS data based on the Chapman and Putnam maps numbers 2224, 2225, 2226, 2227 and 2228.
(more info) (download from OGS - public)

Surficial Geology of Southern Ontario

Ontario Geological Survey, 2003

Very detailed 1:50,000 Soil type data for most of Southern Ontario. Scales vary by County/Region.

(more info)


Ontario Land Cover

Natural Resources Canada, 1986-1997

1:250,000k Vector Land Cover (28 Classes) from Geogratis.

(more info)

Satellite Imagery

OGDE: Landsat 5 & 7 Satellite Imagery
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2000
True Colour and False Colour Infrared composite satellite images for Ontario.
(more info) (Landsat 5 coverage) (Landsat 7 coverage)

Online Access to Other Free Ontario-wide Datasets

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Other Provincial and Territorial Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all provincially (excluding Ontario) focused/produced geospatial datasets held at or accessible to the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details (including format, size, access, etc.).

Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Northwest Territories, Canada: Digital Atlas
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, 2002
Detailed topographic and management data for the Northwest Territories from a variety of different sources, published by WWF Canada.
(more info)

Nunavut Geoscience Sampler
Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, 2004
A "snapshot" of very detailed geoscience information for the Nunavut.
(more info)

Online Access to Other Free Provincial and Territorial Datasets

See the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives website for complete listing.

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Canada-Wide Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all nationally focused geospatial datasets held at or accessible to the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details (including format, size, access, etc.).

Base Mapping / Topographic Data

CanMatrix - Digital Topographic Maps of Canada
Natural Resources Canada, various years
Digital scanned copies of current 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 NTS sheets available for free public download. All sheets are rectified for use in GIS software.
(more info) (download from Geogratis - public)

DMTI: Canadian Map Atlas Bundle
DMTI Spatial, various years
National Atlas Information Service (NAIS) maps for the National Atlas of Canada at the regional, provincial, and national levels. Natural Resources Canada Populated Placenames and Landmarks are also included.
(download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)


DMTI: CanMap Parks & Recreation
DMTI Spatial, various years
Very detailed vector GIS database of all national, provincial, territorial, municipal, public and private level parks for all provinces of Canada.
(more info) (download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

DMTI: CanMap Rail
DMTI Spatial, various years
Very detailed vector GIS database of all railway and transit lines and rail transportation stops for all provinces of Canada.
(more info) (download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

DMTI: CanMap RouteLogistics and Streetfiles
DMTI Spatial, various years
Very detailed highway and road network dataset for all provinces of Canada. Includes topographic features for major urban centres as well.
(more info) (Equinox & DMTI subscribers only: download RouteLogistics or download Streetfiles)

DMTI: CanMap Water
DMTI Spatial, various years
1:50,000 to 1:250,000 scale watercourse and waterbody dataset for all provinces of Canada.
(more info) (download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

DMTI: Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)
DMTI Spatial, various years
Detailed 1:50,000 (30m resolution) and 1:250,000 (90m resolution) scale raster DEM tiles that cover most of Canada.
(more info) (coverage map)

DMTI:Enhanced Points of Interest
DMTI Spatial, various years
Point vector GIS database of businesses and recreational points of interest for all of Canada. Includes a wealth of attribute information and several lookup tables.
(more info) (download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

DMTI: Platinum Postal Suite
DMTI Spatial, various years
Very detailed six-digit postal code boundary files for all of Canada. This dataset also includes current and retired postal code points.
(more info) (download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

DMTI: Neighbourhood and Community Boundaries
DMTI Spatial, various years
Delineations of neighbourhoods and communities across Canada.
(download from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)


National Topographic Database (NTDB)
Natural Resources Canada, various years
Very detailed 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scale tiled vector GIS datasets. Themes include all elements normally found on NTS maps including roads, vegetation, contours, etc.
(more info) (download from Geogratis- public)

Thematic Data

Census of Canada, 2006: Cartographic Boundary Files
Statistics Canada, 2007
Census cartographic boundary files at the FED, DC, CMA, CSD, CT, DA, DB etc. levels.
(more info) (download from Equinox - UWO only)

Census of Canada, 2001: Cartographic Boundary Files
Statistics Canada, 2002
Census cartographic boundary files at the FED, DC, CMA, CSD, CT and DA levels.
(more info)

Geological Map of Canada - Map D1860A
Natural Resources Canada, 1997
Digital version (vector GIS) of the 1:5,000,000 scale Geological Map of Canada, Map 1860A. Displays bedrock formations, major faults and a variety of special geological features.
(more info)

DMTI: Spatial Clutter
DMTI Spatial, 2004
11-class Canadian Land Use raster dataset based on the 1:50,000 scale NTS sheets.
(more info) (instructions from Equinox: Equinox & DMTI subscribers only)

Satellite Imagery

CanImage Landsat 7 Satellite Imagery
Natural Resources Canada, 2000 to 2005
CanImage is a satellite image composed of three spectral bands originating from resampled Landsat 7 orthoimages (15m resolution). Based on the 1:50,000 scale NTS sheets.
(more info)

Online Access to Other Free National Datasets

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United States Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all United States focussed geospatial datasets held at or accessible to the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details (including format, size, access, etc.).

Base Mapping/Topographic Data

US Digital Atlas
MapData Online, 1999
1:100,000 scale vector GIS data (MapInfo). Themes include Highways, streets, school districts, water features, census tracts, voting districts, etc.
(more info)

Thematic Data

NASA AirMOSS
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Airborne Microwave Observatory of Subcanopy and Subsurface. Radar data measuring "root-zone soil moisture" from nine climatic habitats in North and Central America.
(more info)

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)
Datasets and derived material for climate change simulations, earth observations, radiation, climate forcings, planetary science, and astrophysics.

National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center
Comprehensive snow observation database, satellite snow cover mapping, and integrated snow datasets for geospatial applications from the National Weather Service.

Online Access to Other Free American Datasets

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Worldwide and Continental Geospatial Data

The following list outlines all worldwide and continental (other than North America) geospatial datasets held at or accessible to the Map and Data Centre. Click on the specific item title for more details (including format, size, access, etc.).

Base Mapping / Topographic Data

Australia GeoData Topo 250k - Series 3
Geoscience Australia, 2006
Detailed 1:250,000 scale seamless vector GIS dataset. Themes include all elements normally found on Australian topographic maps including roads, contours, etc.
(more info)
ESRI Data & Maps 10.2 Media Kit
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), 2013
The ESRI Data & Maps 10.2 Media Kit is an extensive vector mapping database for different regions, including the World, Canada, United States, Europe and Mexico. Also includes raster data such as world-wide DEMs, shaded relief and WorldSat imagery.
(more info)

Global GIS
American Geological Institute (AGI) and the U.S. Geolgical Survey (USGS), 2001 - 2003
Global GIS provides extensive vector and raster coverage of all of the continents on the planet except for Antarctica at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Themes include roadways, built up areas, watercourses, etc.
(more info)

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
NASA, 2000
The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) is a digital raster elevation dataset divided into one degree blocks for the surface of the earth. Covers all of the Earth's land surface between 60 degrees North and 56 degrees South latitude.
(more info)

Vector Map (VMap) Level 0 - Worldwide Vector Data, v5
US National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), 2000
1:1,000,000 scale vector GIS dataset of the world (Shapefiles). Themes include topographic features (contours, spot heights), built up areas, watercourses, etc.
(more info)

Imagery

Africa: Integrated NOAA AVHRR and Shaded Relief
Geomatics International Inc., 1996
The Geocover Imagery sets are comprised of orthorectified Landsat satellite image mosaics, that have been processed using spectral band 7 (mid-infrared) as red, band 4 (near-infrared) as green and band 3 (visible green) as blue.
(more info)

Landsat 5/7 Composite Images of Earth - Geocover (7-4-2)
NASA and Earth Satellite Corporation, 1990 and 2000
The Geocover Imagery sets are comprised of orthorectified Landsat satellite image mosaics, that have been processed using spectral band 7 (mid-infrared) as red, band 4 (near-infrared) as green and band 3 (visible green) as blue.
(more info) (online index)

Earth Science Data Interface (ESDI) at the Global Land Cover Facility
University of Maryland, 1997-2013
The GLCF is a center for land cover science with a focus on research using remotely sensed satellite data and products to access land cover change for local to global systems. This resouce provides a vast amount of satellite imagery which is easily accessible.

Online Access to Other Free World Datasets

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