NFIS provides Web tools, ranging from simple portrayal to sophisticated analyses, to users from anywhere in the world. It means users can discover, integrate, and display this current, authoritative and accurate information on Canada's forests and on sustainable forest management.
NFIS is proud to support an array of applications including:
Geospatial data answers the question "Where on earth is it?" whether "it" is a thing, a concept, an idea, a direction or a trend. Geospatial data includes details about characteristics, relationships to other things or ideas, and the dimension of time as it relates to all of these. For example, Geospatial Data can not only show where are the forest stands, electoral districts, census areas, shorelines, ports, and so on; but also reveal how they interrelate, and how that interrelation changes with time. GeoSpatial data can be used to plan and predict by extrapolating trends and postulating changes.
Geospatial data sets, in layperson’s terms, are collections of information that can be mapped, or located, so that people can use computers to research, analyze and plan. Geospatial Data Sets are much more than maps: they allow users to mix and mingle data by time as well as space, concept as well as location, relationships as well as values.
Geospatial Data relates to the location of, and relationships between, geographical information. The primary uses and applications of Geo-info are to support services and business activities. Examples include:
NFIS would not survive without the contributions from NFIS partners. NFIS partners provide much of the data that has been compiled for use within this site including the data displayed through the interactive maps. NFIS partners also control the content, format, access security levels and other necessary information relevant to their proper interpretation and use.
The Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) is the technology, standards, access systems and protocols necessary to harmonize all of Canada's geospatial databases, and make them available on the internet. Geospatial databases include: topographic maps, air photos, satellite images, nautical and aeronautical charts, census and electoral areas, forestry, soil, marine and biodiversity inventories. CGDI is facilitated by GeoConnections.
The role of the partners in NFIS includes providing data from their province or territory for NFIS.
The National Forest Information System is being developed with investments from many different partners, and can be accessed through the internet for free. However, the various provincial, territorial, academic and private sector partners in the NFIS offer their raw data and application services either free or on a cost-recovery basis, according to their various policies.
The NFIS Data Integration Services are a set of services that help creators and users of geomatics information work within existing international and industry standards so that Canadian geo-info can gain strength, momentum and recognition. The main source of the related standards are the ISO TC-211 and the OpenGIS Consortium.
Canada's investment in geospatial technology leverages work in international standards technology that is presently under way in the international community through the International Standards Organization (ISO). The Canadian initiative gives our firms the advantage of being early adopters with the potential to export to other nations.
The United States has defined and funded a vision for a national geo-information infrastructure. The UK, Australia and New Zealand, and France also have a vision for a national geospatial infrastructure. Pilot projects and demonstrations are under way at different levels of involvement and application.
Wiki is, in Ward's original description, The simplest online database that could possibly work.
Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly.
Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself.
Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.
Governments use them to manage resources and create policy. Anyone with internet access can use geospatial data sets to plan a holiday, find a new place to live, or just satisfy curiosity about the world in which we live. Geospatial Data Sets allow users to mix and mingle data by time as well as space, concept as well as location, relationships as well as values. GeoSpatial data can be used to plan and predict by extrapolating trends and postulating changes. It can also be used in emergencies when snow, water, ice or weather obscure conventional landmarks, to track health concerns, climate and habitat changes – indeed, the uses are as varied and extensive as the questions raised by users.
With guidance from the NFIS Steering Committee, NFIS partners, and other Government and department agencies, NFIS works to produce GIS based web applications that provide ready access to the most current, consistent, and reliable forest resources information.
Canada On-Line (Infrastructure and Access for the 21st Century) gives Canadians access to a world-leading information technology infrastructure. Highlights of this initiative are:
In this context, CGDI contributes to these goals by offering:
It will also significantly enhance the capability of participating parties to: