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.



The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has launched a new geospatial and health informatics storage and data discovery tool that, along with the social science data delivery system <odesi> , provides a portal to Ontario researchers to access numeric and spatial datasets.  The new service was made possible with support from the Government of Ontario through the OntarioBuys initiative.

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About Scholars GeoPortal

Latest Release Notes

Data in Scholars GeoPortal



Teaching and Learning Resources

OCUL Members Space (requires login)



What's New?

Scholars GeoPortal Officially Launched! March 1, 2012

Scholars GeoPortal Recognized by the OLA Jan 23, 2012

OPHID project launched October 7, 2011

Scholars GeoPortal Beta now available! August 25, 2011

Press Release July 3, 2009

Related Project Announced April 7, 2011


Updates of Interest

July 5, 2012. Three Statistics Canada English Cartographic Boundary files for 2011 (Designated Place, Census Tracts, Dissemination Areas) have been temporarily pulled down from the portal due to work on the metadata record. They should be back up by the end of the week.

June 2012. The ArcGIS Online Ocean Basemap was recently updated with Canadian bathymetry data. In addition, the ArcGIS Online World Imagery Basemap was recently updated with expanded coverage of 1m resolution GeoEye IKONOS imagery for parts of Canada. These basemaps are available in Scholars GeoPortal (click Basemap to switch to the ESRI Oceans or ESRI Imagery basemap). More info Oceans More info Imagery