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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
Scale: 
1:25,000,000
Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
Projection: 

Flat Polar Quartic Projection

Datum: 

WGS84

Abstract: 

Digital soil map of the world and derived soil properties is a CD-ROM containing soil information for ten different continents. The ten continents listed include:

  • Africa
  • North America
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Europe and West of the Ural
  • Central and North East Asia
  • Near East
  • Far East
  • South East Asia
  • Australasia

This is a list of the types of files that can be found on the CD-ROM

  • Vector files with a text file that gives information about the vector files
  • Raster files in ERDAS and IDRIS with a text file that gives information about the raster files
  • GIF, HTM And TIF files
  • Arcview Project File Version 3.2

The files in this CD-ROM contain a text file that explains the content of the CD-ROM. There is a main paper  in the 1READ file known as NOTES that explains the different codes and abbreviations used in the different formats presented within this CD-ROM.

How to Cite This: 

Author. CD ROM Title: Article title. [CD ROM]. Edition. Place of publication. production: Publisher/producer, Date.

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO0. Land Water Digital Media Series: Digital Soil Map of the World and Derived Soil Properties. [CD ROM]. FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series #01. Rome, Italy: FAO/UNESCO, (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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City of Toronto Uniform Crime Reporting Data

Sample: 
TorontoUCR.jpg
Author: 

Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics

Year: 
2006
Projection: 

Unprojected lat/long data. Recommend using UTM Zone 17N projection.

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

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: 

Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (2006). City of Toronto Uniform Crime Reporting Data [Computer file].

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

Author: 

City of Hamilton, Ontario

Sample: 
Tree Inventory
Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
Projection: 

NAD 1983 UTM Zone 17N

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.

How to Cite This: 

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

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File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\Hamilton\Tree_Inventory_2009
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Toronto Open Data

Author: 

City of Toronto

Sample: 
Toronto Open Data Sample
Year: 
2009-2010
Who can use this data: 
Public
Projection: 

NAD 1927 UTM Zone 17N

Datum: 

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

How to Cite This: 

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

Example: Bikeways [ESRI Shapefile]. Toronto, Ontario: 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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London, Ontario Open Data Catalog

Author: 

City of London, Ontario

Sample: 
Demo 2
Year: 
2010
Who can use this data: 
Public
Projection: 

NAD 1983 UTM Zone 17N

Datum: 

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. The set of data provided by the City of London, Ontario is somewhat limited to Parks and Recreation Department data. However, there is a likelihood that as the Open Data Catalog matures the City of London will increase the amount of available municipal data.

The data available 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: 

Open Data London [Computer file]. London, Ontario: City of London, 2010.

Library Contact: 
File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\ON\London\Open Data Catalog
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City of Vancouver

Author: 

City of Vancouver

Sample: 
Vancouver
Projection: 

NAD 1983 UTM Zone 10N

Who can use this data: 
Public
Datum: 

North American 1983

Abstract: 

Open Data Catalogue Beta: Vancouver City

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

Business improvement sites, current city project package, block numbers, city owned properties, parks and recreation (community centres, dog-off leash areas, parks), city streets packages, city boundary, shoreline, election boundaries, facets, easements, schools (elementary school boundaries, early and late french emmersion schools, schools), Local areas, firehalls, heritage sites, homeless shelters, 2010 Olympics venues and transportation, public art, rapid transit package (lines and stations)), Sewer and sanitary package, street lighting package, water network package, non-market housing just to name a few. The datasets listed above are just a summary of the information available on the web http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/index.htm.

Datasets are available as texts, excel table, shapefiles, raster,  google earth 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. Most of the datasets are available for free and do not require a license.

How to Cite This: 

Dataset name [format]. Producer location: Producer Name, Year.

Library Contact: 
File Location: 
H:\GIS\Data\Canada\City_of_Vancouver
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Polar Data Catalogue

Sample: 
Snow Depth
Author: 

ArcticNet, Cyrospheric Information Network (CCIN) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Who can use this data: 
Public
Abstract: 
The Polar Data Catalogue is an online searchable database of metadat that describes, catalogues and identifies access points to the diverse data sets generated by polar researchers. The research is conducted under the auspices of a wide variety of programs, including ArcticNet, the Northern Contaminants Program, NSERC-funded programs and the Government of Canada Program for the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008. 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 reterieve 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.
In order to reterive datasets, it is neccessary to click four points within the

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Air Quality: Pollutant and Smog Day Data

Author: 

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Year: 
Various, from 2000
Format: 
.csv, .xls
Who can use this data: 
Public
Abstract: 

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has created the user-friendly website Air Quality Ontario in order to provide Ontarians with current Air Quality Index (AQI) readings, historical ambient air pollution data air quality forecasts and current pollutant concentrations, as well as information on actions that can be taken when a smog alert is issued. 

Reports and forecasts of air quality (based on the AQI) can be browsed by city on the website, but downloadable datasets are also available.  Users can download historical data in the form of hourly readings of various pollutants (Ground-level Ozone, Nitrous Oxides etc.).  The datasets are provided by monitoring station location (e.g. "Hamilton West") in .csv format, which can be imported into Excel or ArcMap.  Also available from the website are "Smog Advisory Statistics", which give gives the dates on which "Smog Days" were declared and the areas in which they applied.  These datasets are provided in .xls format, which can be converted to .csv format in Excel to be imported to ArcMap.

Please note that therer is no geospatial data directly included in these datasets.  If users are interested in performing geospatial analysis in ArcMap, the locations of the monitoring stations or affected areas must be manually added by the user.  The website does provide the Lat-Long coordinates of each monitoring station when you download the hourly pollutant data for that station.

How to Cite This: 

Historical Air Quality Pollutant Data [computer file]. Ontario Ministry of the Environment (year of dataset).

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Hydrometric Database

Author: 

Environment Canada, Water Survery of Canada

Sample: 
WaterSurveyCanada
Year: 
Various
Who can use this data: 
Public
Abstract: 

The Water Survey of Canada is a branch of Environment Canada which provides comprehensive flow or surface water level data for rivers across Canada.  For each hydrometric station, one can query daily or monthly flow or water level rates for the years that the station was active.  Some stations only have records for a few years, while others have records for over 80 consecutive years.  Some stations also have records for sediment loads and concentrations.

The data are not provided in any geospatial format, but there is an interactive Google Map interface which shows the location of currently active stations.  The metadata document also contains the latitude-longitude coordinates for each station.  The data can be viewed in an graphical format, which can calculate basic statistics about the data range (e.g. calculate the mean flow rate of a river over the course of a whole year).  The data can be viewed tabular format in the web browser, and can also be exported in .csv format, which can be exported into Microsoft Excel.

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GHCN Global Daily Climate Data

Author: 

EarthInfo Inc.

Sample: 
florida_TMAX_1apr1974.jpg
Year: 
1833-2008
Who can use this data: 
McMaster Students / Staff / Faculty only
Abstract: 

Daily climate data for 43,486 stations worldwide, covering the time period 1833 to 2008.

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 (http://www.earthinfo.com/databases/gd.htm)

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

How to Cite This: 

EarthInfo Inc. GHCN Global Daily Climate Data. [CD ROM] 2008.

Library Contact: 
File Location: 
Map Collection demo H:\GIS\Data\World\GHCN_global_daily\demo.apr
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