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 Management Group
Jenny Marvin, University of Guelph, SPOD Data and GIS Rep (Chair)
External Advisory Committee
Costas Armenakis, York University
EAC members may log on to view additional information.
Project Working Groups
Teaching and Learning Working Group
Colleen Beard, Brock (Chair)
Health Data Collections Working Group
Sandra Keys, Waterloo (Chair)
Technical, Standards and Collections Working Group
Dan Jakubek, Ryerson (Chair)
Launched in 2012, Scholars GeoPortal is a geospatial data hardware and software infrastructure collaboration that provides access to over 5000 large scale geospatial datasets and over 3 million Ontario aerial images. The GeoPortal provides users with a sophisticated search, discovery, map visualization and analysis tools, to make data readily viewable and downloadable to Ontario researchers. Geospatial data resources include data licensed by Ontario academic libraries, such as land-based vector data (soil, water, cultural points of interest, etc.), provincial and municipal data, census geography, and a large collection of aerial images and orthophotography. Increasingly, the GeoPortal also includes enhanced open data and historical digitized map collections such as topographic maps from OCUL map library collections and project collaborations (see OCUL Historical Topographic Maps Project https://ocul.on.ca/topomaps).
For a full listing of the collection available view the GeoPortal site map.
Explore this wiki:
- Information on the GeoPortal's origins, contents, features and use cases
- How to get in touch / support contacts
- Usage Statistics
- System Architecture
- Developer's space
- Links to the complete data inventory
- How to view most recent datasets
- Links to detailed user Guides
- Information on the Metadata standards and processes used in the GeoPortal
- Scholars Portal Contacts
- Institutional Contacts
Collaboration & Special Projects
- Projects undertaken by the OCUL GeoCommunity to load unique content in the GeoPortal
OCUL GeoCommunity Space (requires login)