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OCUL's Geospatial Portal Project: From Vision to Reality

Presenter 1
Leanne Hindmarch
Ontario Council of University Libraries / Scholars Portal
Presenter 2
Elizabeth Hill
University of Western Ontario
Presenter 3
Jenny Marvin
University of Guelph

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of twenty-one university libraries in the province of Ontario that collaborates on resource sharing, access to resources and technologies. OCUL was represented at IASSIST 2010 with a pecha kucha session that explored and demonstrated our vision for an online geospatial portal, a project that is currently in development. Our vision includes the provision of tools for identifying, exploring, and downloading licensed geospatial data, as well as collaboration and teaching tools. The vision also involves the creation and open sharing of standards-based geospatial metadata. In Fall 2011, OCUL will be launching its first release of the geospatial portal. The spring 2011 IASSIST session will provide a preview of the portal, demonstrating the available tools. The session will also discuss the expected impact of the portal at Ontario universities, assessment plans, and future development goals.

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