What is Scholars GeoPortal?
The Scholars GeoPortal is a hardware and software infrastructure that provides access to large scale geospatial datasets, as well as sophisticated search, discovery and analysis tools to make the data readily available to Ontario researchers. Resources include data licensed by Ontario academic libraries, such as land-based vector data (water, cultural features, etc.), census geography, and orthophotography.
Who should use Scholars GeoPortal?
Anyone who is affiliated with an Ontario university interested in using geospatial data for mapping or GIS analysis will find the GeoPortal a useful resource.
The portal has been created for the academic community for teaching and research, including educators, researchers, students, faculty, and staff. The geospatial data available from the portal can be downloaded and imported into Geographic Information System (GIS) software for mapping and analysis purposes. The portal provides many options for selecting data by location and feature type, as well as file type and projection. Mapping tools allow users to create map images “on the fly”.
The power of geographic information for teaching and learning is found in its multidisciplinary nature. From this perspective, we believe the GeoPortal will help enrich university curricula and broaden the appeal of geographic information across disciplines. The GeoPortal incorporates much of the functionality found in commercial mapping software and will help introduce GIS to new users. Ultimately, the portal allow access to geospatial datasets and tools for use both inside and outside the classroom, allowing for the embedding of spatial literacy concepts in the curriculum, and enriching the research process for all scholars.
Need more help?
For problems using the GeoPortal, email technical support.
Contact a person at your home institution from the list below for assistance with the GeoPortal, GIS, and data use.
Brock University: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carleton University: email@example.com
Laurentian University: Tomasz Mrozewski
McMaster University: Jason Brodeur
Nipissing University: Tom Power
Queen’s University: Francine Berish
Ryerson University: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Toronto: Marcel Fortin
University of Toronto Mississauga: Andrew Nicholson
University of Waterloo: Eva Dodsworth
University of Windsor: email@example.com
Western University: Liz Sutherland
Wilfrid Laurier University: Peter Genzinger
York University: Rosa Orlandini