NACIS 2016 Presentation
Byron Moldofsky, GIS and Cartography Office, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Marcel Fortin, Map and Data Library, University of Toronto
The Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) Partnership Development Project is a diverse group of geographers, historians, librarians, research NGOs, GIS companies, and members of the public. We are working to improve our collective ability to research historical subjects using GIS, and map them, primarily on the web. We are reaching out to the larger HGIS community to consolidate knowledge about what kinds of resources are currently available, and what will be needed in the future - not only to build historical GIS data and tools, but also to facilitate collaboration and data-sharing. In the first year of this two-year project we are laying the groundwork by reviewing current capabilities and needs, including doing a user needs survey for HGIS web-mapping. This presentation will present preliminary results from this study, and will discuss plans for pilot projects in the coming year.