Fisheries and Land Resources

Provincial Geomatics Strategy

The provincial geomatic strategy is a corporate direction with evolving policies that foster the following ideals:

  • Efficient sharing of geospatial referenced data;
  • Partnerships and cooperation;
  • Standards that ensure the alignment and connectivity of data;
  • Internet/Intranet data directories, access and visualization of data layers;
  • Standard base maps;
  • Collection and maintenance of data at the responsible source agency;
  • Eliminating duplication of effort; and:
  • Fostering public/private partnerships.

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Objective of the Geomatic Strategy

"To establish Newfoundland & Labrador as a leader in Geomatics by means of public/private partnerships to facilitate open access to georeferenced data, information, value-added data products and applications."

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Geomatics Defined

Geomatics is an applied science which comprises the acquisition, analysis, management and distribution of spatially referenced information. Geomatics includes such activities as surveying, topographic mapping, marine charting, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).

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Background Highlights

  • The GIS and Mapping Division of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has been building the foundation of geomatics (the geodetic reference system and base maps) for over 25 years.
  • During the 1990's most of the base mapping was converted to digital format, and many GIS applications have evolved in government departments, based on the standard geodetic system and base maps.
  • In 1997, government approved- in-principle a Geomatic Strategy and established a Steering Committee co-chaired by government and industry to develop an implementation plan.
  • The GIS and Mapping Division has been designated lead agency responsibility for geomatics and collaborates with the Federal/Provincial/Territorial GeoConnections program towards building the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI).

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Current Geomatic Projects

  • Digital community mapping (new and revision);
  • Continued partnership with NL Forest Service in the creation of Medium Scale Products;
  • 1:10,000 scale orthophoto resource mapping (orthorectified image, DEM, and vector drainage packaged in a 10 km x 10 km tile);
  • Participation in a Canada Wide differential GPS (DGPS) corrections system. The signal is scheduled to be turned off in 2011;
  • Work is continuing on a high precision GPS reference network (HPN) for the province;
  • Currently readjusting the Geodetic Network for the Province, from NAD83 original to NAD83 CSRS;
  • Creating raster images for aerial photographs contained in the Air Photo Map Library, by scanning existing film based photography. Where the film is not available, we are scanning the contact prints;
  • Creation of a digital Air Photo Index for all existing aerial photography and linking the index to it's corresponding raster image.

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