On August 25, 2011, OCUL launched a beta version of the Scholars GeoPortal . Additional development is ongoing in preparation for an official launch in early 2012.
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is launching a new geospatial and health informatics storage and data discovery tool that, along with the social science data delivery system <odesi> , will provide a portal to Ontario researchers to access numeric and spatial datasets. The new project is made possible with support from the Government of Ontario through the OntarioBuys initiative, and will be completed in three years.
The portal system will provide a secure repository for geospatial files and serve as a health informatics cyberinfrastructure that will also include an integrated online mapping tool to improve the accessibility and ease of use of geo-referenced data and geospatial files. Together, the <odesi> and geospatial portal systems will increase accessibility of data and geospatial files to researchers in all disciplines across Ontario's Universities.
For more information, contact Leanne Hindmarch, Data & Geospatial Librarian, Scholars Portal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Organizational Chart
Project Management Group
Jenny Marvin, University of Guelph, SPOD Data and GIS Rep (Chair)
Joyce Garnett, University of Western Ontario, OCUL Director Liaison for Data and Maps
Kathy Scardellato, OCUL Executive Director
Alan Darnell, Manager, Scholars Portal
Leanne Hindmarch, Data and Geospatial Librarian, Scholars Portal
Dan Jakubek, Ryerson
Colleen Beard, Brock University
Michelle Edwards, University of Guelph
Liz Hill, University of Western Ontario
External Advisory Committee
Costas Armenakis, York University
Joyce Garnett, University of Western Ontario
Mark Haslett, University of Waterloo
Claus Rinner, Ryerson University
Mike Robertson, Ministry of Natural Resources
Chris Sambol, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Michael Sawada, University of Ottawa (Chair)
John Teskey, University of New Brunswick
Iain Greensmith, ESRI Canada
Terrance Wade, Brock University
Leila Wallenius, Laurentian University
Elsa Wong, Ministry of Finance
Kevin Yam, Ministry of Health
Neera Bhatnagar, McMaster University (COAHL Representative)
Leanne Hindmarch, Scholars Portal (Project Manager)
Jenny Marvin, University of Guelph (SPOD Data & Geospatial Representative)
Jeff Moon, Queen's University (OCUL DINO Group Representative)
Kathy Scardellato, OCUL (Executive Director)
Barbara Znamirowski, Trent University (OCUL Maps Group Representative)
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