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On March 1, 2012, OCUL launched its newest service, Scholars GeoPortal . We encourage all Ontario university students, staff and faculty to explore the site and use our online tools to discover the fascinating geospatial data on offer.

Background

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, leanne@scholarsportal.info.

Project Governance

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
Ex-officio:
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)

EAC members may log on to view additional information.

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*What's New?*

[OPHID project launched|^OPHID_announcement.docx] October 7, 2011

[Scholars GeoPortal Beta now available\!|http://spotdocs.scholarsportal.info/display/sp/2011/08/25/Scholars+GeoPortal+Beta+now+online] August 25, 2011

[Scholars GeoPortal Beta - Release Notes & Known Bugs|scholarsgeoportal:Scholars GeoPortal Beta] Sep 19, 2011

[Press Release|^2009-07-03 OCUL Geospatial Data andHealth Informatics announcement.pdf] July 3, 2009

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[Scholars GeoPortal Release Notes & Known Bugs|scholarsgeoportal:Scholars GeoPortal Beta] (Updated Feb 24, 2012)

[Features Under Development]



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The power of geographic information for teaching and learning is found in its multidisciplinary nature. [More...|scholarsgeoportal:Teaching & Learning Resources]



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Project Working Groups

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Teaching and Learning Working Group
Mandate: Support teaching and learning activities of OCUL colleagues and users related to the geospatial portal.

Colleen Beard, Brock (Chair)
Eva Dodsworth, Waterloo
Susan Greaves, Queen's
Leanne Hindmarch, Scholars Portal
Jenny Marvin, Guelph
Andrew Nicholson, UTM
Pam Schaus, Laurier
Cheryl Woods, Western

Health Data Collections Working Group
Mandate: Seek and develop relationships with new and established data creators and providers in order to obtain metadata and numeric and geospatial data

Sandra Keys, Waterloo (Chair)
Neera Bhatnagar, McMaster - Health Library
Leanne Hindmarch, Scholars Portal
Jenny Marvin, Guelph
Jeff Moon, Queens
Leila Wallenius, Laurentian
Wendy Watkins, Carleton

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Technical, Standards and Collections Working Group
Mandate: Provide support and direction for technical, metadata and collections issues specific to the development and testing of the Geoportal application.

Dan Jakubek, Ryerson (Chair)
Marcel Fortin, Toronto
Peter Genzinger, Laurier
Leanne Hindmarch, Scholars Portal
Nancy Lemay, Ottawa
Jenny Marvin, University of Guelph
Linda Mitchell, Lakehead
Rosa Orlandini, York
Richard Pinnell, Waterloo
Barb Znamirowski, Trent University

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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:

About Scholars GeoPortal

Resources

  • Usage Statistics
  • System Architecture
  • Developer's space

Full Collection

  • Links to the complete data inventory
  • How to view most recent datasets

Scholars GeoPortal Guides

  • Links to detailed user Guides
  • Information on the Metadata standards and processes used in the GeoPortal

Scholars GeoPortal Contacts

  • 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)