Trent University Library's Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) supports the university's research and teaching missions by providing geospatial and statistical information obtained from federal, provincial and municipal governmments, public agencies, private companies and some international organizations. Data sets vary in geographic coverage and theme, and include such topics as water, wetlands, vegetation, forestry, elevation, and much more. We collect a wide range of data types (raster and vector) and maintain a growing collection of imagery including orthophotography and some composite satellite imagery.

Our services include provision of data sets and supporting information, reference consultation, demonstrations and workshops. We also participate in research partnerships and provide support to Trent students and researchers requiring asistance with GIS software and spatial technologies.

Data sets are available to registered members of Trent University for non-commercial purposes. In some cases, we require a user agreement form.

To Request Spatial Data

MaDGIC will make every effort to meet your data information needs. Please send requests for data sets, appointments, demonstrations or workshops by email to the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (

In making requests for spatial data sets please specify:

  • your name and Trent University email

  • a short description of your research or assignment topic

  • your course instructor and course number, or academic advisor's name 

  •  the geographic area (provide us with geographic coordinates, or a map of your research area,  or NTS numbers) 

  • the type of information   that you need (for example, soils or contour information)

  • your time frame for completing your project

Contact MaDGIC