GeoBC creates and manages geospatial information and products as well as provides consultation services across all natural resource sector (NRS) agencies. While this may sound like a complicated and purely technical role, in practice the group has four very tangible areas of focus directly tied to NRS business functions:
- To create and maintain a standard set of base spatial data (e.g. roads, hydrology, terrain, etc.) with the goal of progressively making this information open and accessible for use by all,
- Providing assurance for two of the Provincial Crown land registries, the information repositories of Provincial rights and obligations - specifically Tantalis and the Integrated Land and Resource Registry (ILRR),
- Offering Crown land research expertise to other government agencies, both rights-granting and otherwise, and;
- Offering a service for custom solutions to NRS business issues (e.g. developing mapping products and visualization for avalanche awareness, providing assistance to treaty teams, spatial design and project management support for clean energy projects, etc.)
DataBC encourages broad data sharing with the public and across government, as open data whenever possible. The DataBC Catalogue provides easy access to public government data, applications and web services. These datasets are under multiple license types, with thousands of datasets under the BC Open Government License. Our geographic services can help you to map and analyze data, find tools to help you conduct your own research, develop applications, or to simply satisfy your own curiosity. These services are part of the provincial Spatial Data Infrastructure – a shared resource of geographic data and platform services.
GeoGratis Landsat Imagery and other Map Data
Geoscience Data Repository for Geophysical Data
University of Maryland (Landsat imagery)
Landsat (name indicating Land + Satellite) imagery is available since 1972 from six satellites in the Landsat series. These satellites have been a major component of NASA's Earth observation program, with three primary sensors evolving over thirty years: MSS (Multi-spectral Scanner), TM (Thematic Mapper), and ETM+ (Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus). Landsat supplies high resolution visible and infrared imagery, with thermal imagery and a panchromatic image also available from the ETM+ sensor. The collection of Landsat available through GLCF is designed to compliment overall project goals of distributing a global, multi-temporal, multi-spectral and multi-resolution range of imagery appropriate for land cover analysis.
GeoBase is a federal, provincial and territorial government initiative that is overseen by the Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG). It is undertaken to ensure the provision of, and access to, a common, up-to-date and maintained base of quality geospatial data for all of Canada. Through the GeoBase portal, users with an interest in the field of geomatics have access to quality geospatial information at no cost and with unrestricted use.
Note: The GeoBase website will no longer be available by the end of December 2014 – however, you will still be able to download all GeoBase products, without fee, from the GeoGratis website.