Although the Map & Data Library is physically closed, we are still available remotely and happy to help. We can conduct consultations using online teleconferencing software. Please feel free to contact us at or use our help form. We have a number of tutorials available, are still supplying software licenses, and have compiled a list of resources for working with COVID-19 data.

Please note that our computer lab is also accessible for use through remote access. See this link for more information.

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations

Bits and Bytes

Snacking on Bits and Bytes: 

Learning on all things Data

Starting in September 2020, the Map & Data Library will offer an online webinar series featuring presentations and demonstrations on data-related topics and tools, such as web archives, visualization, GIS and statistics. Each presentation, including a question and answer period, will be one hour long, starting on the hour. Everyone is welcome, including those from outside the University of Toronto community. All times are Eastern time.

Please note that we will be recording all sessions. We will add captions and share videos and slides on this page, usually a week or two after the session. If you have any questions about the sessions, contact us at or via our help form.

We expect all attendees to follow our Code of Conduct.

Upcoming Talks:

Introduction to Dataverse for Sharing Data

December 1, 2020, 2:00pm, presented by Dylanne Dearborn and Misia Robins
Dataverse is a repository for research data. This webinar will provide an introduction to Dataverse and provide participants with an overview of how to log on to Dataverse, add a dataset, restrict access to files, and give collaborators permission to edit datasets.
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Getting Started with R in RStudio

December 8, 2020, 2:00pm, presented by Nadia Muhe
This session will demonstrate how to get started with R in R Studio. It will also give an overview of resources available to continue learning R. Registration Link:

Archived Talks:

Canadian Census Discovery Portal

September 22, 2020, 2:00pm, presented by Leanne Trimble
This talk introduces the Canadian Census Discovery Portal project, an initiative that aims to inventory all census data released in what is now Canada (from the first census in 1665 New France to the present day), and make the inventory available through an open, bilingual, searchable portal. The project will bring together existing census data, some of which is "hidden" to many Canadians, and make it more accessible, usable, and ensure its availability for the long term. This talk is being held on this date in celebration of Endangered Data Week,  an event which aims to foster an environment of data consciousness and promote care for endangered collections.
Link to Slides
Link to Recording

Working with Web Archive Data

September 29, 2020, 2:00pm, presented by Nich Worby
Web archives, like the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, have existed for almost as long as the World Wide Web. This presentation will introduce tapping into this rich but complex data source. Participants will get an overview of major web archive sources, the WARC file format, methods of accessing web archived data, as well as a demonstration of tools for analytical tasks like extracting network graphs of links, extracting images, and filtering web page text for further analysis.
Link to Slides
Link to Recording

Digital Humanities Tools: the Digital Scholar Lab

October 8, 2020, 10:00am, presented by Nick Field
This talk introduces the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a platform that allows users to discover and create collections of digitized texts from the Gale Historical Collections, run a variety of statistical analyses on them, and visualize the resulting data. Participants will get an overview of text mining and how to use the Digital Scholar Lab, including uploading and downloading texts and visualizations.
Link to Slides
Link to Hands-on Tutorial
Link to Recording

Mapping Covid-19 Data (POSTPONED)

presented by Marcel Fortin
This presentation will examine the mapping of covid-19 data. Issues discussed will include data quality, access, and cleaning.  The focus of the presentation will include mapping at the international, national and local levels. Software used for the presentation will include ArcGIS Pro and QGIS.

Visualizing Citation Analysis Information (POSTPONED UNTIL 2021)

presented by Kelly Schultz
This session will focus on demonstrating some ideas around gathering citation data from some major databases, processing it using a free tool called Sci2, and ways of visualizing it using tools such as Gephi.

Getting Started with Python in ArcGIS Pro

November 17, 2020, 2:00pm, presented by Gerald  Romme
This talk illustrates how to get started using Python in ArcGIS Pro and as a stand alone program to automate geoprocessing tools through the ArcPy site package.
Link to Slides
Link to Recording (coming soon)