Library:Finding and Using Data for your Research/GIS

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  • Research data sets from around the world, collected by the library.
  • Datasets of interest include census tables and geography, base map data, and transportation network data, among others.


  • Open data portal from the BC government. Provides access to datasets across sectors, including data about the Economy, Education, Finance, Health, Justice, Natural Resources, Service, Social Services, and Transportation.
  • Search the catalogue with keywords, and filter your results by filetype as well as by the sector or Ministry.


  • Freely available maps, data and publications from Natural Resources Canada


  • Web-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.
  • Canada/US only

Vancouver Open Data Catalogue

  • Open data portal for the City of Vancouver. Many of the datasets are geographic in nature.

Related Research Guides

GIS Data Research Guide

Climatological/Hydrological Data Sources Some of these data sources may not be in GIS formats.

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