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GeoNOVA; Nova Scotia's gateway to geographic information PDF Print E-mail
Written by Glenn Letham (GISuser editor)   
16 February 2005
GeoNOVA Portal is the Province of Nova Scotia's gateway to geographic information about Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia business people, academics, researchers, policy makers, and citizens can now access a broad range of provincial geographic resources from a single, convenient location known as the "GeoNOVA Portal."

Partially funded by GeoConnections, GeoNOVA improves access to the province's geospatial data and services, and lets users and suppliers more easily exchange data. In fact, GeoNOVA is intended to become the primary online vehicle for citizens to find, access, and analyze geographically related data about Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia created the GeoNOVA Portal with three goals in mind: to coordinate the creation, maintenance, and distribution of geographic data using industry standards; to offer this data to all Nova Scotians to help them make decisions; and to reduce government duplication of effort. Through the GeoNOVA Secretariat, the province is working with GeoConnections to meet these objectives and to leverage the CGDI architecture, tools, and services.

The CGDI employs open standards, such as those of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), to make geospatial tools and services readily accessible. By adopting these standards, GeoNOVA permits portal users to share geospatial data and services. And by sharing data, users not only improve their decision making, but they also avoid duplicating efforts.

GeoNOVA's capabilities come in a variety of flavours. For example, users can search for data by type, location, place name, coordinates, or map interface. They can display map data online, download and access data, publish web content, order hardcopy products, and access land-ownership and related information collected through the province's Land Registration Offices, to name but a few features. In the future, users will also be able to participate in online discussions and collaborations.

Be sure to access the Map Viewer - The GeoNOVA Map Viewer is an OGC / CGDI compliant mapping tool that allows you to add WMS services to your map, including Service Nova Scotia's 1:10,000 topographic data. The data locator service allows users to search and view the Nova Scotia Topographic Database. See

Also of interest... historians will appreciate the historical maps of Acadia and the likes of the one below showing Champlain's map of Port Royal (Your's truly being from N.S spent many childhood days roaming Port Royal... it's amazing!)


Last Updated ( 16 February 2005 )
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