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Miscellaneous Release Data (MRD) Sets

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Ontario Geological Survey

Year: 
Various
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Various - Shapefile (.shp), PDF, Microsoft Excel (.xls)
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Public
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Search Geology Ontario for "Miscellaneous Release-Data".

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Miscellanous Release Data (MRD) datasets from 1-275, covering Ontario. Topics covered include:

  • Geochemical Surveys
  • Lake Sediment and Water Geochemical Data
  • Kimberlites, Massive Magmatic Sulfides, Base Metals Gold (Au) and PGE Data
  • Till Compositional Database
  • Modern Alluvium Data
  • Geological Data
  • 3D Mineral Deposit Models
How to Cite This: 

Author. Title [format].  Place of publication: Publisher, Date

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City of Toronto Open Data

Author: 

City of Toronto

Sample: 
Toronto Open Data Sample
Year: 
Various
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Various
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NAD 1927 UTM Zone 17N

Who can use this data: 
Public
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City of Toronto Open Data Catalogue

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There are two datums provided
GCS North American 1927 is associated with the projection provided above.
GCS WGS 1984 is a second set of data provided by the City of Toronto to show latitude/longitude

Abstract: 

The data provided by the City of Toronto is part of the Open Data initiative that many major cities are undertaking as a way of opening up city data to the public. The data is categorized into the following groups:

  • Business
  • City government
  • Community services
  • Culture and tourism
  • Development and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Garbage and recycling
  • Health
  • Locations and mapping
  • Parks and recreation
  • Permits and licenses
  • Public safety
  • Transportation
  • Water
How to Cite This: 

File name [Format]. Toronto, Ontario: City of Toronto Department, Year

Example: Bikeways [Shapefile]. Toronto, ON: City of Toronto, Transportation Services, Transportation Infrastructure Management, Cycling Infrastructure and Programs, 2010.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\Toronto\Open Data
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Polar Data Catalogue

Author: 

Canadian Cyrospheric Information Network (CCIN)

Sample: 
Snow Depth
Year: 
Varies by dataset
Format: 
Various vector and raster data formats
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Who can use this data: 
Public
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Abstract: 

The Polar Data Catalogue is an online searchable database of data and metadata that describes, catalogues and identifies diverse datasets generated by polar researchers. Research is conducted under a large variety of programs, including ArcticNet, the Northern Contaminants Program, NSERC-funded programs and the Government of Canada Programs. The scope of the research covers a range of disciplines, from natural sciences to policy to health and social sciences.

The wealth of knowledge and data generated by polar research must be managed, to ensure and maximize the exchange and accessibility of relevant data, and to leave a lasting legacy. The Polar Data Catalogue was developed as a collaborative effort between  ArcticNet, the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN), and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to facilitate the exchange of information about the Canadian Arctic among researchers and other user groups, including northern communities and international programs. 

To retrieve information, one must choose one of the two data collection: Polar data catalogue or RADARSAT polar science search. In order to obtain results, one must choose four points within the Arctic or Antarctic map. Results are downloadable.

How to Cite This: 

The Polar Data Catalogue functions as a data portal for a variety of Canadian polar data.  The actual author of the dataset must be cited. This information can be obtained from the metadata.

Format: Author. Dataset Name [computer file]. Publisher location, Province: Publisher Name, Year.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\Polar Data
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Ottawa Vector Data Set

Author: 

City of Ottawa

Sample: 
Ottawa 2007
Year: 
2007
Format: 
Shapefile (.shp)
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Undefined

Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
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Undefined

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The files cover the urban area of the city of Ottawa. The map series was originally by the National Capital Commission and then joint with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton; in 1999 by the RMOC only and with amalgamation in 2001 now by the City of Ottawa. No attribute data is included with the data. Also available in shapefile format are contiguous files. Files are seamless but there will be inconsistencies in coverage (edge matching) due to the difference in dates as the data was collected at different years” (from City of Ottawa data description).

Vector data files include roads, sidewalks, houses, buildings, vegetation and water.

How to Cite This: 

City of Ottawa Vector Mapping [computer file]. Ottawa, ON: City of Ottawa, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Information Technology Services, 2007.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\Ottawa
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The City of London's Open Data Catalogue

Author: 

City of London, Ontario

Sample: 
Demo 2
Year: 
2013 to Present
Format: 
Shapefile (.shp), Comma-separated values (.csv), Microsoft Excel (.xls), Google Earth (.kml)
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NAD 1983 UTM Zone 17N

Who can use this data: 
Public
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North American 1983

Abstract: 

The data available in this catalogue is part of the Open Data initiative that allows the public access to municipal data.

Examples of the available data includes accessible facilities, arenas, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, community centres, community gardens, community pools, dog off-leash parks, football fields, golf courses, multi-use pads, multi-use pathways, outdoor ice rinks, play structures, skateboard parks, soccer fields, swing sets, tennis courts, wading pools, washrooms, London city boundary and garbage & recycling collection zone boundaries.

How to Cite This: 

Dataset name [Computer file]. London, Ontario: City of London, date.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\London\Open Data Catalog
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Hamilton Tree Inventory

Author: 

City of Hamilton, Ontario

Sample: 
Tree Inventory
Year: 
2009
Format: 
Shapefile (.shp)
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NAD 1983 UTM Zone 17N

Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
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Datum: 

North American 1983

Abstract: 

This data contains information about tree species in Hamilton, Ontario. The attribute table contains information such as the diameter of a tree, the conditon of the tree, and whether the tree is likely to come in contact with a hydro utility line when it reaches its mature height. A boundary shapefile of Hamilton can also be included with the tree inventory shapefile so as to get a sense of the location of the trees.

Request data

To request this data, please fill out the Data Use Agreement.

How to Cite This: 

Tree Inventory [Computer File]. Hamilton, Ontario: City of Hamilton, 2009.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\Hamilton\Tree_Inventory_2009
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Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN) Global Daily Climate Data

Author: 

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Sample: 
florida_TMAX_1apr1974.jpg
Year: 
1763 - 2017
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Public
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National Centers for Environmental Information - Global Historical Climate Network - Daily

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Daily climate data for stations worldwide, covering the time period 1763 - 2017.

Includes information about precipition (in millimetres), snowfall (in millimetres), snow depth (in millimetres), maximum temperature (in degrees C), minimum temperature (in degrees C) and temperature at time of observation (in degrees C).

Data available varies for different countries, stations and years. Number of stations per country is also variable, with more data available for the United States than for other countries.

Data source = United States National Climatic Data Center, Global Historical Climatology Network. This product was purchased as a 12 CD-ROM set from EarthInfo Inc.

Tabular data can be extracted from CDs using vendor-supplied access software in ASCII, Binary, DBASE and Lotus formats.

How to Cite This: 

Menne, M.J., I. Durre, B. Korzeniewski, S. McNeal, K. Thomas, X. Yin, S. Anthony, R. Ray, R.S. Vose, B.E.Gleason, and T.G. Houston, 2012: Global Historical Climatology Network - Daily (GHCN-Daily), Version 3. [indicate subset used following decimal, e.g. Version 3.12]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. http://doi.org/10.7289/V5D21VHZ [access date].

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File Location: 
Map Collection demo H:\GIS\Data\World\GHCN_global_daily\demo.apr
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Digital Soil Map of the World and Derived Soil Properties

Author: 

Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) and United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Sample: 
Demo North America
Year: 
2003
Format: 
Shapefile (.shp), Google Earth (.kml), Erdas, and IDRISI
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Flat Polar Quartic Projection

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Public
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Available for download through the FAO GeoNetwork - Digital Soil Map of the World.

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WGS84

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Digital soil map of the world and derived soil properties is a series of datasets containing soil information for the following regions:

  • Africa
  • North America
  • Mexico and Central America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • South Asia
  • Nortah and Central Asia
  • Southeast Asia and Australasia

The types of files that are available for download are:

  • Vector files (shapefile) with a text file that gives information about the vector files
  • Raster files in ERDAS and IDRISI formats with a text file that gives information about the raster files
  • GIF, HTM And TIF files

A readme file is included with the download, containing important information.

How to Cite This: 

Digital Soil Map of the World. [computer file]. v3.6. Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, Land and Water Division, 2003

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File Location: 
CD-ROM available at the Map Office. Demo found at H:\GIS\Data\World\FAO\FAO01
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The City of Vancouver's Open Data Catalogue

Author: 

City of Vancouver

Sample: 
Vancouver
Year: 
2009 - Present
Format: 
Various
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Projection: 

NAD 1983 UTM Zone 10N

Who can use this data: 
Public
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Datum: 

North American 1983

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City of Vancouver Open Data Catalogue

Vancouver's open data catalogue consists of city data that has been made available to the public. Examples of data available in this catalogue include:

  • Cycling infrastructure
  • Boundaries (city boundary, election wards, school boundaries)
  • Building footprints
  • Business improvement areas
  • Housing (shelters and non-market housing)
  • Infrastructure (easements, sewer and water, street lighting)
  • Parks and recreation (community centres, dog-off leash areas, parks)
  • Points of interest (heritage sites, 2010 Olympic venues, public art)
  • Transportation
  • Water features (shoreline, water network)

The datasets listed above are just a summary of the information available on the web at http://data.vancouver.ca.

Datasets are available in various formats including comma-separated values (.csv), Microsoft Excel worksheet (.xls), Shapefile (.shp), AutoCAD (.dwg), Google Earth (.kml), raster format, and web feed for information that is frequently updated. The datasets are usually accompanied with links to specific websites that will provide more information about the dataset. Data is frequently updated ensuring that a time accuracy is maintained.

How to Cite This: 

Dataset name [computer file]. Producer location: Producer Name, Year.

Library Contact: 
File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\City_of_Vancouver
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City of Toronto Uniform Crime Reporting Data

Author: 

Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics

Sample: 
TorontoUCR.jpg
Year: 
2006
Format: 
Microsoft Excel worksheet (.xls)
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Unprojected lat/long data. Recommend using UTM Zone 17N projection.

Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
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The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS), in co-operation with the policing community, collects police-reported crime statistics through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR). The UCR Survey was designed to measure the incidence of crime in Canadian society and its characteristics.  This dataset contains specific incident rates for crime in the City of Toronto at the level of Census Tract. 

Incident rates are available for the following crime categories: violent crime, property crime, sexual assault, drug offences, shoplifting, criminal harassment, uttering threat, minor assault, major assault, robbery, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, break and enter, mischief, and "other theft".

The data are provided in .xls tabular format.  The data can be mapped using Statistics Canada Census 2006 shapefiles for census tracts in the City of Toronto (available from the Library). The Census Tract field, CTUID, needs to be modified to include the CMA number prior to joining the data to the boundary file.

How to Cite This: 

Database Name [type of medium]. (Year). Producer location, province/state: Producer name. Available online: address/path/file [Access date].

e.g.

City of Toronto Uniform Crime Reporting Data [computer file]. (2006). Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\StatsCan\Uniform_crime_reporting\demo.mxd
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