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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Scholars GeoPortal

Scholars GeoPortal provides Ontario universities with access to geospatial data, both vector and raster, on a wide variety of topics including land cover, Canadian census, and imagery. You’ll have to login for off-campus access using your Western organizational account.

To find out more and information about how to use the service, see the User Guide.

Map and Data Centre's Geospatial Data Holdings

The Map and Data Centre subscribes to or is a member of numerous map and data licensed collections. These data files and GIS layers are available to faculty, students, and staff at Western and the affiliated colleges for teaching, research, and institutional planning.

Please visit our website or browse our Geospatial Data Explorer for a complete listing of these datasets.

Online Data Sources

In addition to our holdings, there are a variety of web-based data sources. Please see below for a listing. If you are having trouble locating a particular dataset, or have one to add to our list, please let us know.

 Local / Regional 


Other Provinces / Territories 

See the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives website for complete listing. 


United States 

Other Countries / World 

Planetary Data