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British Columbia Maps and Geospatial Data

A guide to finding maps and geographic data about the province of British Columbia

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This page will give you an overview of the resources you need to ensure proper citation and attribution is followed when using spatial resources and data.

How to Cite Maps

Maps like other published works are copyright-protected. The following guides can help you figure out the best method to cite maps and ensure that you are giving proper attribution to others physical and intellectual work:

How Do I Cite Geospatial Data?

Terms of Use & Copyright

Before using a data source in your research, you will need to check if there are any use restrictions. While data itself cannot be copyrighted, any product derived from that data can. This can apply to datasets as a whole, as well as charts and graphs created by online tools. There may also be privacy concerns related to the data itself, which would limit the ways the data can be used and shared. Users should always read the terms and conditions for each data source, especially if they intend to publish their research.

For more information and if you have any questions about copyright, contact the UBC Copyright Office.

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