Introduction to SimplyMap 3.0 Canada

Accessing Simply Map

All U of T students, staff, and faculty have access to SimplyMap. SimplyMap is accessed through a web browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer). If you are off-campus, you need to login with your UTORid before you can use SimplyMap. In this case, you should start by accessing SimplyMap through the library’s website. Go to Type “simplymap” in the search box. In the search results, under “Databases”, click “SimplyMap Canada”:

Working with digital elevation models in ArcGIS

DEMs stored as point shapefiles

  1. Add your DEM point dataset to your map document. Open up the Layer Properties window and click on the Source tab. You should see the line “Coordinates have Z values: Yes” in the Data Source section of the window. This indicates that elevation or height values are included in the spatial reference information for each entity in the dataset.
    Click OK or Cancel to return to the map document.

Extracting the geographic features you need from a larger dataset

  1. Use the Add Data button to add the dataset you are interested in selecting from to your map document. For this example, we will use a shapefile that represents the municipalities that comprise the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (a component of DMTI’s CanMap Route Logistics suite of products) to create a new dataset that depicts just the boundaries of the City of Toronto.
    Screenshot highlighting the Add Data button.