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I use the CanVec offerings somewhat regularly in building teaching assignments for profs, but the data require a good amount of work to go from what's provided to what a novice GIS user (who may or may not actually be interested in GIS) can handle. As an example, if I want to supply a layer of fire station points in our region as part of an assignment, the ...


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The CanVec dataset will be merged into the OpenStreetMap database, over the next 2 years (i estimate on how long it should take) http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/CanVec For those interested im helping out, feel free to just ask on the OSM mailing list. (this link can be found on the CanVec wiki page) this website does not allow for more than 1 link. And ...


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Canada wide: GeoGratis GeoBase GeoConnections Atlas of Canada Open Data Pilot Project Provincial: Manitoba Land Initiative Service New Brunswick Information Services Corporation (Saskatchewan) GeoNova (Nova Scotia) Alberta Geological Survey AltaLIS (Alberta) GeoBC (British Columbia) Edit: Updated links


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I have two ideas: Check out the Statistics Canada site for .shp downloads. It looks like "Census Subdivisions" is what you are after, although there may be more detailed products there. An alternative is to use the ArcGIS basemaps in ArcMap (File > Add Data > Add Base Map > National Geographic). These are great for displaying down to the street level in ...


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It actually seems very reasonable from a price perspective. I would specify it meets XXXX standard of accuracy and I would specify the file be in las 1.2 (or another spec as desired). Specify the classes you require and the RMSEz that is acceptable (often just vertical in lidar). 7 points per m is high. I find this document very useful. It spells out what ...


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This looks to me like a one degree wide and half degree high sheet layout of topographic maps similar to NTS. Created with QGIS using vector raster. The numbering looks like a combination of West and North coordinates in 1/10 degrees. This map contains an overview of 1:100,000 maps with the same numbering scheme: ...


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Refractions Research offers self-paced PostGIS training courses. They also have other PostGIS training packages. You can check a sample outline here. They're based on British Columbia. Refractions Research Suite 419 – 1207 Douglas Street Victoria, British Columbia Canada, V8W-2E7 Phone: (250) 383-3022


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The forward sortation area (FSA) is only the first 3 characters in the six character Canadian postal code. You need to include the local delivery unit if you want unique values. From here:


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As dassouki mentions this is not going to be done cheaply. The GeoPinpoint Suite is geocoding millions of records each year and is applying an advanced address-parsing technology ensuring superior match rates even with the most incomplete data. GeoPinpoint Suite's innovative modular design allows the software to encompass future enhancements without ...


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Those look like the grids for the National Topographic System in Canada. They can be downloaded from Geogratis as the Vector Indexes of the National Topographic System of Canada. There is a folder in there called kml_files full of .kmz files. If you prefer, you can get them more easily by downloading them zipped (15mb) at all scales from the WMS in ...


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For British Columbia we get 98% of our data from http://www.icisociety.ca/web-map/public-web-map.htm This data is very current data - see http://www.icisociety.ca/web-map/upload-history.htm [Members get access to more datasets] Other posts mention the other sources we use. Though do not forget- Open Street Map has very good quality data for Canadian ...


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If the main Toporama WMS site is unavailable, www.AlaskaMapped.org has the seamless canadian 250k topos scanned from NTS paper maps under the BDL Extras service (also see here). In the online map browser it's called the SDMI.Topo layer. Toporama is is more up to date, has better resolution (1:50k) and let's you grab/leave-out certain layers while Alaska ...


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The FTP site is (much faster to get the data downloaded) ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/ To see them on Google Maps (copy and paste long url) ...


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My big problem with using CanVec was always the size of the data set, its structure and my lack of resources as an amateur/student. It's getting cheaper to get access to powerful computing facilities though (via Amazon, etc.) Plus I built a little program that will efficiently extract one or more feature sets into PostGIS sql by matching the feature ID. ...


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The VBA procedure still works. (The smiley button is not there). I loaded all data for Ontario into the SymbologyToolcanvec.mxd from the 11 File Geodatabases. Assuming the .style file is in "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcMap" Open VBA Customize -> VBA Macros -> Visual Basic Editor from the main menu. Once in VBA Expend the Project ...


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I appreciate the link to CanVec. It's nice to know such a resource exists for Canada. Nevertheless, there many unsung geographic data sources. For instance, while I love US NAIP, I rarely express my appreciation. Rather, I celebrate every once in a while when the government makes its periodic update. The GIS world is developing into a community rather ...


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Why not used widely (an academic environment) wasn't advertised to users (ie universities and/or the appropriate faculty) currency of the data laziness of the users in #1 issues raised by others relating the data form or tiling issues Other than that, I think it is a great resource and I agree it is underused. Plod along and make it the Canadian Google ...


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The default projection in D3 is the U.S.-centric d3.geo.albersUsa projection. This is a composite projection design to display the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. If you want to make a map of Canada, you’ll have to specify the appropriate projection rather than relying on the default.


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Have you tried the LIO Metadata portal? Search for Crown Land Use Atlas and you'll find a couple of items that may be what you're looking for.


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I have used CanVec, but also you might be competing in a sense with Geobase, which has a different focus obviously but still some overlap in the dataset. Especially if someone just wants roads and hydro features, Geobase data is laid out a bit more user-friendly, by province and hydrographic region, not on a tile basis for those features. DEMs of course are ...


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GeoBase GeoGratis Atlats of Canada Stats Canada Some of their data is free and the whole site is free when using e-stat or an education account if I recall correctly In New Brunswick we have SNB If you have a university account you can tap into IDLS, uWaterloo and uToronto GIS Labs


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ArcGIS.com has the Canada Topo Map service which mashes together data from a number of sources -- from Canvec (which drives the already mentioned Toporama) to the deprecated National Topographic Database to TeleAtlas. The result is a bit disjointed and often inaccurate, at least in the areas that I'm familiar with, but might be okay for your purposes.


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There is an obvious flaw in your algorithm for step 2. Consider, say for instance, Airport Rd, WA where it intersects on the eastern end with the Pullman Hwy map. The nearest city is Moscow, ID which is not necessarily where the mail comes from considering it is a separate state. If, however, you wish to carry on with that method, you can obtain the ...


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Should be able to find one on geogratis.ca.


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You could use something like this for some rough coordinates: http://www.getlatlon.com/ http://universimmedia.pagesperso-orange.fr/geo/loc.htm Or, use the Natural Earth dataset: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/


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The Atlas of Canada Base Maps provide coverage of the entire Canadian landmass. Data elements are feature coded and structurally clean. Base map components are available in four scales and a number of data exchange formats. 1:2 million 1:7.5 million 1:20 million 1:30 miliion ArcInfo e00 or DXF. ...


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Geobase would have been my first suggestion but aside from the way the tiles are separated to relatively small areas, I have personally had many issues with the data itself. See our own wiki for more details. If I remember correctly then 1 arc-seconds (about 30m resolution) (SRTM1) coverage only includes continental US in and parts of Canada but does not ...


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The AB_CSRS file seems to have been replaced with abcsrsv4.dac. Esri hasn't added another transformation to use the new file yet (we don't have a copy). You could rename it and use the NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_8 transformation, or create a new transformation with the geoprocessing tool, Create Custom Geographic Transformation. You will still have to change the ...


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Many of these (3 of the 4) can be found in open street map. Here is some good information on obtaining the data http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Downloading_data and here is some info on converting it to shapefile. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shapefiles



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