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Introduction to services provided by MADGIC

Introduction to services provided by MADGIC

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    MADGIC is…
    • MAPS and ATLASES
    • 2. DATA (NUMERIC and GEOSPATIAL) for use with special software
    • 3. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION (parliamentary and other official reports, statistics, etc.)
    … a CENTRE offering Expert Assistance
    @ Your Library
  • 4. Where in the Web can I find MADGIC?
    Click on the Library’s home page and choose our home pages:
    Don’t forget to look at Subject and Course pages where you will find many topical Web guides as well
  • 9. MADGIC is for you if you study…
    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
  • 10. Why Use Maps, Atlases, and Air Photos?
    • Present information clearly in a visual way
    • 11. Often the only source of information, e.g. topographic maps or land use maps
    • 12. Atlases gather together related spatial information by topic and/or by time period
    • 13. Augment your research from an information source other than text
  • Where to find the Map Collection
  • 14. Find maps on the Web
  • 15. Air Photos in our collection
  • 16. What is ‘data’?
    • 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. Public opinion poll data provides the raw numbers for each question asked by a poll
    • 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
  • Why Use Numeric Data?
    • Numeric data is at a more detailed level than available in printed or online statistical sources
    • 19. Public opinion polls can support or counter arguments based on responses to questions
    • 20. You can manipulate data files to produce new combinations of information using statistical software
    • 21. The searching interface makes data discovery easier
  • Find our Data Centre on the Web
  • 22. Where to find the Data Centre
  • 23. Why use Geospatial Data?
    • Spatially located information is best viewed as a map or image
    • 24. Topographic data and air photos support site planning for an architectural project
    • 25. Numeric data (for example, census data) can be combined with spatial data to create new map views of statistical information
    • 26. Create Google Earth mashups with geographically referenced data and GPS plots
  • Find our GIS Collection on the Web
  • 27. Where to get our GIS Data
  • 28. What is Government Information?
    • 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. 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. Government information can be either current or historical
  • Why Use Government Information?
    • Primary source material
    • 31. From an authentic source
    • 32. Often most current information on an issue
    • 33. Best source for most statistics
    • 34. Documents on foreign relations
    • 35. Track changes in policies over time
  • Search the Web using MADGIC’s customized Web search engines to get better search results
    • Canadian federal, provincial and municipal online information
    • 36. African government information
    • 37. Caribbean and Latin American governments
    • 38. Intergovernmental international organization websites
    • 39. Online maps
  • Government Information on the Web
  • 40. Where to find Government Publications
  • 41. MADGIC supports your courses
    MADGIC also offers these services:
    • Map Labs with course displays for assignments
    • 42. Course seminars that highlight relevant resources with accompanying Web guides matched to course content
    • 43. Data sets and sub-sets extracted for course use
    • 44. Wall maps and transparencies to illustrate course themes
  • Stay up-to-date with the MADGIC Weblog and enrich your studies