COINAtlantic 2106 - IOI Canada Training Programme Lecture

~ Information Sharing ~


Andrew Sherin and Alexi Baccardax Westcott

2 June 2016, 1:30-2:45 pm

FASS Building Room 2019


1. Introduction to COINAtlantic:

2. Accessibility to Data and Information

     2a. Open Government Partnership:

     “Governments [that are] more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens”

      • Brazil
      • Sri Lanka
      • Canada

     2b. Examples of Open Data

3. Coastal Web Atlases


      • African Marine Atlas
      • Caribbean Marine Atlas
      • Atlas Ambiental e Socioeconômico da Baixada Santista, Brasil

     3b. Bay of Fundy Tidal Energy Atlas:

     3c. Story Maps:

     Allow you to combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story. 

4. Crowdsourcing Data

5. Hands-on COINAtlantic Tools:

     5a. COINAtlantic GeoContent Generator (CGG)

      • The CGG is a free online utility that allows users to generate and publish geospatial polygons that describe a publication or data etc. online that will be found by the Google search engine.

     5b. COINAtlantic Data Accessibility Self-Assessment Tool (CDAST)

      • The COINAtlantic data accessibility self-assessment tool (CDAST) is for use in organizations to develop a benchmark to monitor progress in improving an organization’s policies and procedures for providing effective and easy access to the data and information held by them.

     5c. COINAtlantic Search Utility (CSU)

      • The CSU is a free online utility that allows users to access geospatial information that meets user’s search criteria, lists the results in the form of data layers, and displays chosen layers on an interactive map. Layers can be organized and added by the user to create informative maps quickly and easily.
      1. Conduct a live search using the search terms: vessel traffic
      2. Conduct a local database search: Halifax
      3. Conduct a local database search: FAO
      4. Go to: 
      5. Conduct a search for: invasive species
      6. Click on: “Reported Observations of Aquatic Invasive Species”
      7. Click on the Download button for WMS English
      8. Look for the line beginning: “<OnlineResource” and highlight the text beginning after xlink:href="
        -> up until and including the "?" in the line right click and copy the string.
      9. Go back to the CSU and use the Add WMS layer button and paste the text copied from Open Data Canada into the box at the top of the ADD WMS Layer window and click on Connect.

     5d. Customized versions of the COINAtlantic Search Utility (CSU)

6. Miscellaneous

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