Hamilton Soils is a digital data set that contains information about generalized soil patterns of the Hamilton Region, acquired from OMAF (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food), 1990. This data set also includes information such as soil polygon areas, perimeter measurements and soil type. The data is potentially useful for studies that require a general overview of soil types in the region (e.g. environmental impact assessments; erosion studies; agricultural capability studies and engineering studies). The area of interest can be printed and used for a base map on which users can plot their own information.
The soils data is available in ArcView GIS native formats. The data can also be exported in DXF format for use with desktop mapping, GIS and graphics software.
The data is licenced to Brock University faculty, staff and students for teaching and research purposes only. A license agreement must be signed before the files will be delivered. The data is under copyright by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Accessing the Data:
The data is accessed using GIS (geographic information systems) software including ArcGIS. See Map Library staff for assistance.
Obtaining a Copy of Digital Data
ORIGINAL DATA: after signing a license agreement, original data may be burned to CD, saved to 3/4" floppy or memory stick.
IMAGE OF DATA: a static image may be obtained on 3/4" floppy, CD, memory stick or sent via e-mail.
HARDCOPY: data may be printed to the Map Library printer at a small
cost per page. The University Library also has large format printing
services. Ask staff for details.
Sample Citation Format
Hamilton Soils [computer file]. (1990). Guelph, Ontario: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Available: Brock University Map Library Controlled Access DATA PC E:\DATA\OMAFRA\HamWentworth\hamsoils.shp (Accessed May 18, 2005).
Example of the Soil Data Set