University Map Library

Internet Mapping Tools

Some sites listed below offer interactive tools or downloads for assiting with your mapping projects. These resource links are provided as/is. The Map Library staff may offer some assistance but users should contact the author of a given webpage.

Municipal Open Data Websites offers a searchable index of open data sources across Canada.

Search the ESRI GIS Bibliography to find journal articles relevant to your area of interest. A free ESRI Global Account is required.

ArcGIS Resource Centre includes resources for ArcGIS such as on-line mapping, data servers, blogs and help.

batchgeo is an on-line tool that allows the user to instantly acquire geographic coordinates for an address database, then provides options to map the data with Google Maps or create a personal website from the mapped data. To use this site, your data must include street addresses, city name and postal code in tab delimited format.

Earth Point Tools for Google Earth offers on-line tools that convert an Excel file into a KML file viewable in Google Earth; create a geographic grid to overlay on Google Earth or convert coordinates from one format to another.

GPS Visualizer is an on-line tool enabling users to upload GPS files and automatically generate a Google Map representing their data.

EasyGPS is a free interface that you can connect any Garmin GPS with and load your waypoints, routes or tracks. These features can be saved as .gpx files that are easily read into the Google Earth environment.

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Free Geography Tools provides on-line resources and downloads for geography-related functions such as geocoding and finding coordinates.

Google Earth is a free mapping program that provides satellite imagery and roads as a base for viewing the world in a new way. Combine the power of Google Search with global geographic information and enter the realm of virtual world travel. There is a free version available for download as well as upgrades offering extra features such as importing GIS data layers, database files or data directly from a GPS unit. Instructions for Google Earth are available.

Google Maps offers an on-line electronic road atlas of the world. Search by street address, city or point of interest and view your destination on a road map, satellite image or hybrid. Google Maps also offers a custom mapping interface where you can add your own data to a map, customize the features and generate a personal webpage. Instructions for creating a custom map are available.

Live Search Maps is Microsoft's version of Google Maps and offers a seamless road map with aerial views as well as "Bird's Eye Views" of key locations. Aerial coverage complements Google maps coverage in some parts of the world (i.e.Niagara Region coverage is seamless). Traffic layers offer real-time Canadian content and indicates locations of accidents with details such as estimated "end times".

geoGreeting - A nifty way for mappy folks to send an e-greeting created using 'letters' plucked out of satellite imagery.

ZAMZAR is a free, online tool which supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats and file presets. No download or log in is required! You can convert a PDF to a TIFF image and even convert audio and video files!

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