Currently on trial: The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (Online)
The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online contains over 170,000 articles or entries on all types of places throughout the world; both physical places and political entities. Most articles have details on where the place is located, its dimensions and borders, and information on economic activities, demographics, history, and former or alternate names and different spellings and pronunciations.
Trial ends on April 9, 2013.
On January 25, 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) launched the new version of the Atlas of Canada website. This version was developed to meet the new web standards for the Government of Canada regarding web accessibility and usability. It contains all of the content from previous versions; however, some of the dynamic map viewing functionality is no longer available. The site will continue to evolve.
The Toporama web map service has been improved and includes more up-to-date data.
The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) has finalized its move to the 1st Floor of the MacOdrum library. The MADGIC reference desk has also relocated on the lower level and is open for research help.
This new GIS portal will allow access to selected large scale geospatial datasets owned and licensed by Ontario institutions. Sophisticated search, discovery and analysis tools will make vector and raster data readily available to you at your fingertips. The data can be exported in a number of popular formats, including as a shapefile, DWG, DXF, GeoTiff, and MrSID.
Scholars GeoPortal is being officially launched on March 1. Access the Portal at:
For more information, please contact the GIS Librarian, David Sharp
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online is an incredible source of current and historical government information from Great Britain. If you’re looking for authoritative perspectives on current issues in the U.K., such as found in the recently released Home Office report on counter terrorism policies, don’t forget to research the HCCP Online database.
For more information on HCCP online, or any other government document databases, direct your question to MADGIC (Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) by email or phone at 613.520.2600 ext. 2749.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve been named as one of the participants in the National Research Council’s DataCite Canada pilot project.
Research data are an important part of Canada’s scientific record. Currently, huge amounts of data are inaccessible or at risk of being lost altogether. As a result, researchers are missing out on the opportunity to re-use and build upon this existing research.
To address these issues and make it easier for researchers to access, share and manage their data, NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) is establishing DataCite Canada, a central registration centre for Canadian research data sets.
Wendy Watkins, data librarian and manager of Carleton University's Library Data Centre, is pleased to participate in the pilot because, besides many other social science datasets, the centre holds the only copies of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation research data collection and is now starting to process it and its metadata to ensure future use.
To view the NRC press release about the pilot project, please go to: http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/services/cisti/datacite-canada/news/2011-06-09-pilot-participants.html.
Did you watch the federal election? Now visit our Elections subject guide to find statistics, maps, books, websites and more on provincial, national, and international elections. Visit the MADGICAL Web blog to learn more about online election resources and material available in the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC).