Slide 1 24 Feb 2020 The Atlas of Canada Atlas of Canada 6th Edition Gazetteer Service & Find a Place Application http://atlas.gc.ca Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 2 Overview Background Who we are? Canadas Geographical Names (CGNS)
Feature Name Tagging Gazetteer Service Find a Place Application Find a Place Next Steps Questions Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada 24 Feb 2020 Slide 3 24 Feb 2020 The Atlas of Canada Mission Statement The Atlas of Canada provides authoritative, current and accessible geographic information products at a national level. Working with partners, the Atlas facilitates the integration and analysis of diverse data in order to
increase overall knowledge about Canada. Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 4 Canadian Geographical Names Service 24 Feb 2020 A distributed toponymic data service for the CGDI operated by the Geographical Names Section The purpose is to deliver a national view of Canadas geographical names into the standards and technology framework of the CGDI
The Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) is the technology, standards, access systems and protocols necessary to harmonize all of Canadas geospatial data bases, and make them available on the internet. CGDI is facilitated by GeoConnections Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 5 Feature Tagging 1:7.5million and 1:1million scales Statistical framework: provinces, cities, towns, villages, hamlets, municipalities, Indian reserves
Islands and island groupings Hydrology: rivers and lakes Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada 24 Feb 2020 Slide 6 Tagging Challenges 24 Feb 2020 No control over the structure and content
of the names database Hierarchies Relationships between framework layers Duplicate names for the same feature Pan-Canadian names or cross provincial names Time Stamps Features with fuzzy boundaries bays, capes Data tagged at more than one scale Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 7 CGDI Gazetteer Service The CGDI Gazetteer Service performs on the fly linking of toponymy to feature data. WFS
Atlas 1M features Client request CGDI Gazetteer Service WFS Concise Gazetteer Records Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada XML document response 24 Feb 2020 Slide 8 24 Feb
2020 User enters place feature. User (human) selects place name of interest. Clicks on Go. Find a Place Database (FAPD) Concise Gazetteer Find a Place Application Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 9 24 Feb 2020 Adding
Thematic Data Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada Slide 10 Find a Place Database All official names in Canada are stored in the Geographical Names Section of Canada database (CGNDB). Each official name (place or physical feature) is assigned a unique identifier, e.g. Pictou County CBDUD.This identifer is used to obtain the feature extent from the WFS, based on the official name queried. This unique identifier is the primary key that relates the tables in the Find a Place Database (FAPD) together. Each table represents a feature type (e.g. river, census division) which contains the thematic attribute information from the Atlas of Canada database. The thematic
data is derived from Atlas thematic shapefiles. Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada 24 Feb 2020 Slide 11 Find a Place Next Steps ... 24 Feb 2020 Content Perspective: Add secondary names. Secondary names are non-official names, such as health districts, ecozones, etc.
Resolve issues of labelling/symbology. Add more thematic layers, e.g. drainage basins. Eventually, allow users to locate any place/feature on a thematic map. Locate places on different and appropriate scales, such as the 1: 1 million, and possibly topo-maps (1:250 000/1:50 000). Continually add more thematic data to FAPD. Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada
Slide 12 24 Feb 2020 Come visit ! The of Atlas Canada LAtlas du Canada http://atlas.gc.ca Earth Sciences Sector Natural Resources Canada
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