Free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass

Government of Canada

 

The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre has been given a limited number of free DISCOVERY passes to distribute to students starting Monday, March 13, 2017.

For further information, please visit our service desk on the 1st level of the MacOdrum Library and speak with Denize Tan.

"To celebrate our country's 150th birthday, the Government of Canada is offering the gift of free admission to all Parks Canada places to Canadians. It is fantastic that so many people are excited about free admission and my hope is that every Canadian family will visit a national park, historic site or marine conservation area in 2017".  Catherine McKenna, Minister of Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

 

Large Format Scanning

The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) is offering a new service to Carleton University students, faculty and professional services staff: Large Format Scanning.

Material to be scanned must be from Carleton Library collection and to be used for educational reasons only.

Scanning will take place every Thursday between 9 and 5.

Want something scanned? Fill out this form.

Any questions, please email gis@carleton.ca

MADGIC is located on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

2016 ESRI Student Award - Malek Singer

Malek Singer, no stranger to MADGIC reference desk and our GIS services, is the recipient of Carleton University’s 2016 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award.

Jeff Hughes, our Esri Canada Account Manager, was on hand representing Esri Canada.

Esri Canada GIS Scholarship

“Esri Canada is committed to promoting geographic literacy and strives to educate our future leaders in using tomorrow’s technology.  Through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship program, students at more than 50 colleges and universities across Canada receive more than $2 million in scholarships annually along with grants of Esri software, books and training.

The program recognizes Canadian educational institutions that deliver strong, multidisciplinary GIS programs and promote careers in GIS.  Through the program, students gain access to extensive GIS resources to further develop their skills and knowledge and apply the technology to solve real-world problem”

More details at: http://www.esri.ca/en/content/scholarship-program-0#.dpuf

GIS Day 2015

Mark your calendars for GIS Day 2015 on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 9:30am-3:00pm, located in the Discovery Centre, 4th floor of MacOdrum Library.

The MacOdrum Library's Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) in conjunction witht the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies invite you to this annual celebration.

GIS Day is held worldwide during Geography Awareness Week, November 15th-21st, 2015. Come and discover the world of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact geospatial thinking has in our daily lives.

Carleton University's GIS Day consists of exhibitions from local companies and organizations participating in a GIS trade show right here at Carleton including representation from Carleton alumni. This event is open to the public and for anyone with an interest in geography and the ever expanding use of GIS technology. Come discover the world through GIS.

Exhibitions and presenters include 3Source Inc., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Carleton Immersive Media Studio, EntertainMaps.com, Natural Resources and many more.

European Union Collection

New to Carleton University Library is the electronic collection from the European Union. This collection includes books, brochures and other publications of the European Union institutions from 1976 to the present. There are almost 19,000 records and more will be loaded each month to keep the collection current.

Carleton University is home to the Centre for European Studies (CES) which is a European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Library has been a European Documentation Centre since 1966 (collecting and disseminating all EU publication). We have a substantial historical collection of EU documents, though as with most publishers, their paper distribution has dwindled over recent years and they are almost exclusively electronically published now.

To browse the complete European Union collection in the Library catalogue:

OC Transpo Transit Route GIS Data Available

New OC Transpo Transit Route data available now for direct download in both GIS format and Google Earth format.

Individual OC Transpo transit routes cover 1996-2013 and are available online in shapefile and KML formats.

The following information was collected for each transit route:

  • Route number
  • Route type (Regular, Peak, Express, Rural, etc.)
  • Mode of transportation (bus, train)
  • Year

For more assistance, please visit the MADGIC Reference Desk, located on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

New City of Ottawa Documents Available for Consultation

Photo by Joel Rivard

 

Several City of Ottawa documents have arrived and are available for consultation at the MADGIC reference desk.

The library has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to provide access to their documents in a public area for a 30 day period. We are one of seven locations in the city where citizens can view these publications.

The publications include: Ottawa cycling plan, Ottawa pedestrian plan, Transportation master plan and Cambrian road widening environmental assessment study.

MADGIC is located on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

Kanata South Environment Assessment Report in MADGIC

The Environmental Study Report, Hope Side Road and the Old Richmond Road Corridor is now available for consultation in MADGIC. The library has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to provide access to the documents in a public area for a 30 day period. We are one of seven locations in the city where citizens can view these publications.

There has been and will continue to be significant growth in the Kanata and Stittsville areas within the City of Ottawa. The study looked at transportation and opportunities within the 7.6 km. corridor, developing and analyzing alternatives, assessing technical and environmental issues and proposing ways to address those issues, and developing a preferred design for the project.

The goal of the project is to provide adequate transportation capacity of existing and planned growth and to address safety issues in that location.

Please visit the MADGIC Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

 

Geomatics Cafe February 13th, 2014

Geomatics Cafe

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time: 3-4 pm

Location: MacOdrum Library's Discovery Centre room 482

The Maps, Data and Government Informaton Centre (MADGIC) invites you to the second Geomatics Cafe to hear about geomatics research perfomed by Carleton University researchers.

There will be 3 brief presentations by Carleton researchers from diverse backgrounds followed by questions from the audience.

The event is open to the Carleton community and coffee and tea will be available.

Learn more about the event.

Historical Debates of Parliament of Canada Now Available Online

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with Canadiana.org, has provided free access to the Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada, a searchable database of digitized debates for the Senate and the House of Commons.

The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal provides a centralized, streamlined means of accessing historical debates of the Senate and House of Commons, in both official languages.

The Senate and House of Commons Debates, commonly known as the Debates, or Hansard, contain the transcribed, edited and corrected record of full deliberations of both Houses of Parliament.

Since the adoption of official reporting (in 1871 for the Senate and 1880 for the House of Commons), the daily editions of the Hansard were issued in bound, well-indexed volumes. This site has been produced from digitized editions of these volumes, all available under their corresponding Parliament and Session, in the Browse function of this portal.

This portal includes reconstituted debates, which represent debates for the years prior to the adoption of official reporting. These reconstituted debates are an unofficial version of the debates, drawn from newspaper reports of the day. Finally, the portal also includes translated debates for the Senate of Canada, which began its official report in English only. All of the reconstituted and translated content can be identified in the records.

In 1994, the House began to distribute its publications electronically by making its publications accessible worldwide through the Parliament of Canada Web site. The Senate followed suit in 1996. To access debates from these dates and later, please visit parl.gc.ca, under Parliamentary Business.

GIS Day 2013

Mark your calendars for GIS Day 2013.

Date: Wednesday, November 20 2013

Time: 9:30-3:00

Location: MacOdrum Library

The MacOdrum Library's Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) in conjunction with the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies invite you to this annual celebration.

GIS Day is held worlwide during Geography Awareness Week, November 17-23, 2013. Come and discover the world of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact that geospatial thinking has in our daily lives.

There will be exhibitions from local companies and organizations participating in a GIS trade show right here at Carleton including representation from Carleton alumni. This event is open to people of all ages with an interest in geography and the ever expanding use of GIS technology. Come discover the world through GIS.

Contact: gisday@carleton.ca

Website: http://www.library.carleton.ca/gis-day 

Currently on Trial: Columbia Gazetteer Online

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.

Feedback appreciated.

Trial ends on April 9, 2013.
 

New Atlas of Canada & Toporama

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.

MADGIC has moved to the 1st Floor

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.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online

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.