What Is Madgic Rev 090804


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What Is Madgic Rev 090804

  1. 1. WHAT IS MADGIC?<br />MADGIC is…<br /><ul><li>MAPS and ATLASES
  2. 2. DATA (NUMERIC and GEOSPATIAL) for use with special software
  3. 3. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION (parliamentary and other official reports, statistics, etc.)</li></ul>… a CENTRE offering Expert Assistance<br />@ Your Library<br />
  4. 4. Where in the Web can I find MADGIC?<br />Click on the Library’s home page and choose our home pages:<br /><ul><li>Government Information
  5. 5. Maps
  6. 6. GIS
  7. 7. Statistics
  8. 8. Numeric data Sets</li></ul>Don’t forget to look at Subject and Course pages where you will find many topical Web guides as well<br />
  9. 9. MADGIC is for you if you study…<br /> Architecture /Art and Culture/Biology/Business/Canadian Studies/Child Studies/Chemistry/Civil and EnvironmentalEngineering/Criminology and Criminal Justice/Earth Sciences/Economics/ Environmental Science/Geography, Geomatics and EnvironmentalStudies/History/Human Rights/Industrial Design/International Affairs/Journalism and Communication/Law/Mass Communication/PoliticalScience and Global Politics/Public Affairs and Policy Management/Public Policy and Administration/Social Work/Sociology/Women’sStudies<br />
  10. 10. Why Use Maps, Atlases, and Air Photos?<br /><ul><li>Present information clearly in a visual way
  11. 11. Often the only source of information, e.g. topographic maps or land use maps
  12. 12. Atlases gather together related spatial information by topic and/or by time period
  13. 13. Augment your research from an information source other than text</li></li></ul><li>Where to find the Map Collection<br />
  14. 14. Find maps on the Web<br />
  15. 15. Air Photos in our collection<br />
  16. 16. What is ‘data’?<br /><ul><li>Numeric data comprises highly detailed datasets in digital file formats which usually require a statistical software package to manipulate the results of a query
  17. 17. Public opinion poll data provides the raw numbers for each question asked by a poll
  18. 18. GIS data is geographically situated information about places that can be viewed through a GIS software and combined with other data to create new maps</li></li></ul><li>Why Use Numeric Data?<br /><ul><li>Numeric data is at a more detailed level than available in printed or online statistical sources
  19. 19. Public opinion polls can support or counter arguments based on responses to questions
  20. 20. You can manipulate data files to produce new combinations of information using statistical software
  21. 21. The <odesi> searching interface makes data discovery easier</li></li></ul><li>Find our Data Centre on the Web<br />
  22. 22. Where to find the Data Centre<br />
  23. 23. Why use Geospatial Data?<br /><ul><li>Spatially located information is best viewed as a map or image
  24. 24. Topographic data and air photos support site planning for an architectural project
  25. 25. Numeric data (for example, census data) can be combined with spatial data to create new map views of statistical information
  26. 26. Create Google Earth mashups with geographically referenced data and GPS plots</li></li></ul><li>Find our GIS Collection on the Web<br />
  27. 27. Where to get our GIS Data<br />
  28. 28. What is Government Information?<br /><ul><li>Information found in publications or databases issued under the authority of a government body or by an intergovernmental international organization such as the United Nations or the World Bank
  29. 29. Government information is found in sources such as parliamentary bills, hearings and reports, research reports done for government agencies, commissions of inquiry, statistics, etc.
  30. 30. Government information can be either current or historical</li></li></ul><li>Why Use Government Information?<br /><ul><li>Primary source material
  31. 31. From an authentic source
  32. 32. Often most current information on an issue
  33. 33. Best source for most statistics
  34. 34. Documents on foreign relations
  35. 35. Track changes in policies over time</li></li></ul><li>Search the Web using MADGIC’s customized Web search engines to get better search results<br /><ul><li>Canadian federal, provincial and municipal online information
  36. 36. African government information
  37. 37. Caribbean and Latin American governments
  38. 38. Intergovernmental international organization websites
  39. 39. Online maps</li></li></ul><li>Government Information on the Web<br />
  40. 40. Where to find Government Publications<br />
  41. 41. MADGIC supports your courses<br />MADGIC also offers these services: <br /><ul><li>Map Labs with course displays for assignments
  42. 42. Course seminars that highlight relevant resources with accompanying Web guides matched to course content
  43. 43. Data sets and sub-sets extracted for course use
  44. 44. Wall maps and transparencies to illustrate course themes</li></li></ul><li>Stay up-to-date with the MADGIC Weblog and enrich your studies<br />