Scholars GeoPortal contains both licensed and non-licensed (open) data. In order to access the licensed data, you will need to log in through your university. By logging in, you can save your maps, annotations, and other activities, and view them later. Depending on the university you are affiliated with, use one of the options below.
The following universities currently support the Shibboleth single sign-in system:
Using this method will sign you in to access licensed resources plus the features of the My GeoPortal user account in a single step. Select your institution from the list and sign in with your university credentials when prompted.
If you do not belong to one of these institutions you can still access Scholars GeoPortal from off-campus. Instead, when you access Scholars GeoPortal, on the map view you will encounter a prompt to login. Select your institution and follow the instructions. If you want to save your maps, you will need to create an account by clicking the Login tab and selecting your desired login method (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, or OpenID).
Place names come from the Canadian Geographic Names Service and from an Esri-hosted address service (often used for geocoding). The GeoPortal accesses a comprehensive place name listing for Canada (the Canadian Geographic Names Database). For locations outside of Canada, ESRI's geocoding service can identify major landmarks like cities and large lakes, but not the detailed geographic features that are available for Canada.
The GeoPortal uses an address geocoding service from ESRI. It returns only the top address matches for each search. Sometimes if you enter only a partial address, it will prefer matching locations in the United States or Europe over the Canadian address. To remedy this, enter a complete address including postal code, such as "130 St George Street Toronto M5S 1A5"
Instead of searching, you can also browse the data in the GeoPortal by Subject categories, Keywords, Producers, or New Data Layers. For example, if you wanted to learn more about the street network, you could click on the Subject Category "Transportation" or the Keyword "Roads".
After selecting a browse option, you will see a list of available data, including a brief description of the data as well as the full metadata record (Details). At the bottom of the Details box, be sure to look for any Additional Documentation about the data set.
Once you have found data you are interested in and added them to your map, you can view all of your added data by clicking the Map tab. The number in parentheses indicates the total number of layers you have added to the map.
Data Layers is the default view of Map tab. Here, you can:
Explore Data on the Map
You have additional zooming and navigation tools in the upper left corner of your map display. You can use the slider to zoom in and out on the map, the full extent button to return to the full view of the map, and the selection button to draw a box on the map to zoom to. To pan or move around the map, click on the map and drag the mouse. On your map, you can click on a feature on the map to display additional information about that data layer.
Explore Data in the Data Table
By clicking Data Table in the upper right menu, you can view the underlying data that is associated with your map. From here, you can explore the records in the data table, and click on a record to zoom to it on the map. Clicking the checkbox for "limit to current extent" will only show records that fall within the area of the map that you are viewing.
In the GeoPortal, you have three ways to download your data:
Download Entire Datasets when:
Download Entire Dataset (Vector data only)
Download by Area of Interest
Download by Queries
An alternative way to download geospatial data from the GeoPortal is through the use of queries of the underlying data. Data downloaded through this method will be available in Excel (xls), CSV, or Shapefile (shp) formats. For more advanced information about queries in the GeoPortal, check out our guide to advanced queries (PDF).
To use this method:
The Map Annotations feature allows you to draw custom graphics on the map. You can add coloured points, lines, and shapes with associated text labels to the map. Note that your annotations are not offered as a download layer and are not included on high-resolution map exports. They are, however, included in your saved, shared, and printed maps. To annotate your map:
2. Select the annotation colour and type from point, line or shape (polygon)
3. Add or Draw the annotation on your map and type a label. Press "Enter" on your keyboard to apply the label.
4. To save the annotation to your map, click the Save or Save As button. This will save your map extent (zoom level, data, and annotations) to your account for you to access later.
Base maps are map views that display a collection of geographic data including streets, topography, shaded relief, and more depending on the base map, that can be used as a setting for a map. You can use different base maps in the Scholars GeoPortal by clicking on Base Map in the upper right tool menu.
The GeoPortal offers a number of base maps to choose from, some have a number of topographic features including boundaries, cities, water, physiographic features, parks, landmarks, transportation, and buildings. The Base Maps available include the World Topographic Map (Community Base Map), Streets, Light Grey Canvas, National Geographic, Ocean basemap, Terrain, Imagery, and Open Street Map
Using the base map window, you can change the base map and adjust the transparency of the map using the sliding scale in the upper right corner of the window.
To save a map you created in Scholars GeoPortal to your account, click Save on the upper right tool menu. Note that you will need to be logged in to save and view your saved maps later.
You will see a prompt telling you that your map is being saved and will now be available from the My GeoPortal tab. It is also possible to save any download "areas of interest" you added to the map while using the Download tab. Clicking Save will automatically save any areas that are currently showing on the map.
Click OK on the prompt and the My GeoPortal tab will now open. Give your map a title, e.g. "Mississauga". The map is now saved in your account and is available from the My GeoPortal tab whenever you sign in.
You can share your Map with anyone by providing the website link (url) for the map view. Select the Share option available in the upper right tool menu. A box will appear with the link to the map; simply copy the link and paste it wherever you would like to share it.
Export will allow you to save the map as a file to your computer. An exported map will include a title, legend, north arrow, scale, data source, title, and date. To export, click Export in the upper right menu bar, enter a map title, name or organization, and a file name (if left blank the file will be called "Output"). Select your layout and file format, and click Export. Your map will be available to you for download from the Download tab, in the 'My download list'.
Print will generate a printer-friendly map image in your web browser. A printed map will contain a title and brief description; if you require additional map elements, we recommend using export. To Print, click Print, enter a map title and your name or organization, then click Print.