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GIS and Geospatial Data

Geospatial Data

Scholars GeoPortal is a service from the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) that offers discovery and access to a variety of open and restricted geospatial datasets covering Ontario and Canada.

Open datasets are accessible by all, while restricted datasets are available for teaching and research purposes (non-commercial use only) to educators, researchers, students, faculty, and staff at McMaster or other Ontario universities.

For off-campus McMaster users, login is required to access restricted datasets.



See below for a brief list of new datasets available in the GeoPortal.

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Some datasets restricted to McMaster University affiliates are not available online.

For these datasets (e.g. City of Hamilton, parcel boundaries, and some imagery datasets) try searching the internal geospatial database.

Users will be required to complete data request forms for restricted data, where indicated.

City of Hamilton Open Data Program

The City of Hamilton's Open Data Program includes a wide variety of datasets in various file formats (.kml, .csv, .xls, .shp) and topics. Examples of open datasets include beach water quality, bikeways, census data, development applications, and base mapping data such as neighbourhood boundaries.

Additional datasets from the City of Hamilton are available from the Library's Geospatial Data Catalogue. These datasets are restricted to McMaster students, staff, and faculty and require users to sign a data request form.

Ontario GeoHub

Land Information Ontario's GeoHub allows users to search open geospatial data and discover associated metadata. An examples of an open geospatial dataset includes the Southwestern Ontario Orthophotography Project - Digital Elevation Model.

Ontario's Data Catalogue

Datasets produced by a variety of provincial ministries and departments. The data catalogue includes open data, data that has been slated to be opened, as well as restricted datasets.

Open Government Portal

The Government of Canada's Open Government Portal includes an open data portal for data pertaining to services, demographics and high resolution maps, and an open maps portal for geospatial data, services, and applications.

Geospatial Product Index

Interactive tool to search and discover geospatial data for Canada. Includes imagery, raster, vector, and elevation data in addition to some previously archived data. Previews are available for select datasets.

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