Welcome to the Geospatial Centre

The Geospatial Centre is an inviting hub which provides cartographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) services to the University of Waterloo community. Services include reference, workshops, and access to GIS and remote sensing data.

Students, faculty, and staff have access to digital and printed maps, GIS technology, aerial photographs, and more.

The Geospatial Centre is located in the Dana Porter Library, 3rd floor, room 328.

  1. Aug. 12, 2021Updated Orthoimagery: Waterloo, Toronto, Durham, Guelph

    The Geospatial Centre is providing access to updated orthoimagery for a number of cities via the Scholars GeoPortal. We now have 2018 and 2020 Waterloo, 2020 Guelph, 2020 Durham Region and 2020 Toronto. Resolution is between 8cm - 12cm. 

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  2. Aug. 10, 2021Updated 2020 UW Campus Data

    We have acquired an update for the UW Campus data. There are a total of 542 data layers covering north and south campus. Currently available in AutoCAD format, however data conversions can be made upon request. 

  3. July 27, 2021Updated Orthoimagery

    We are in the midst of updating many of our orthoimagery collections. Recently we have acquired Brampton 2020, Mississauga 2020, all of DRAPE 2019 (Ottawa, Kington, etc). These datasets are available also on the Scholars Geoportal. We are still waiting on Region of Waterloo (2018, 2020), Guelph (2020), Toronto (2020) and Durham (2020). SWOOP 2020 will be out this year as well. 

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Our hours

The Library has moved all of its reference services online, and the Geospatial Centre is therefore closed until further notice. We offer reference via email M-F 8:30 - 4:30, by the online "ASK US!" form.

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