Maps and geodata

EPFL Library offers numerous printed and digital, recent or old cartographic documents (atlases, maps), as well as a collection of books and ebooks in related fields such as cartography, topometry, or photogrammetry.

Distribution of geodata at EPFL

Geodata from different institutions are made available to the EPFL community.

Geodata issues (access, downloads, etc.):

  • Students are asked to address their questions to their course assistants.
  • If necessary, assistants can contact the LASIG ([email protected]).

Issues related to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools and software :

  • Students are asked to address their questions to their course assistants.
  • LASIG offers an introductory course “Geographic Information System” in the form of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the Coursera platform.
  • For architecture students, the TUTO-GIS page provides tips on how to use geodata in architecture and urban planning projects, including how to use it with QGIS software (in French only).

Coverage : Switzerland

  • Coverage: Canton of Vaud
  • Content: catalogue of geodata available in the Canton of Vaud, supplied by public and private suppliers (municipalities, cantons, network operators).
  • Access: EPFL community :
    • A personal account must be created using the EPFL e-mail address. The data can then be ordered with the discounts (or free of charge) for research and teaching. To do this, in step 2 of the order, tick “Order for a third party” and choose “EPFL” from the drop-down menu. Specify the name of the project and the person in charge (or the professor for student work).

Any order placed must be validated by the LASIG which automatically receives a request for validation by email for each order. The invoice for the paid data is sent to the LASIG, which then forwards it to the person who placed the order.

  • Features: search, visualization and geodata order (various formats)
  • Support: https://www.asitvd.ch/contact.html
  • Coverage : Switzerland
  • Content: all PRO subscription data:
    • Area statistics: land cover, land use
    • Building statistics (STATBL)
    • Business census (STATENT)
    • Population census (STATPOP)
    • Forest mix (25 m)
  • Access: send requests to LASIG: [email protected]
  • Features: geodata downloading (.csv format)
  • Coverage: Switzerland
  • Contents: rainfall, temperature, radiation, sunshine / daily, monthly, annual data
  • Format: .nc
  • Access : epflgeodata.epfl.ch > MeteoSwiss (restricted access to geodata correspondents)
  • Features: geodata downloading (.nc format)

Geodata portals

Please find below the different geodata portals.

map.geo.admin.ch: map viewer of geodata from the Swiss Confederation.

Click on “Change topic” to select the office (ARE, FSO, SwissTopo, …) or the topic (aviation, geology, …)

Access for EPFL members to MeteoSuisse, OFS and SwissTopo data, see above “Distribution of geodata at EPFL”.

geo.admin.ch : list of public federal thematic portals.

geocat.ch: catalogue of metadata for all the geodata of Switzerland

maps of natural hazards in Switzerland

cadastre.ch: portal for official cadastral surveying, for the PLR cadastre (Public-law Restrictions on landownership) and for the land registry. Information on issues relating to territorial development and transport development.

• European Commission: INSPIRE geoportal: provides the means to search for spatial data sets and spatial data services, and subject to access restrictions, to view spatial data sets from the EU Member States

• United Nations: Environmental Data Explorer – GRID (United Nations Programme for the Environment). The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report

• France: GéoportaiL (France): public web portal allowing access to search and viewing services of geographic data or geotagged French territory

• United States: Geospatial Platform (USA): the Geospatial Platform is a managed portfolio of common geospatial data, services, and applications contributed and administered by trusted sources and hosted on a shared infrastructure.

• United States: NGA Raster Roam: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (USA)

Openstreetmap: collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world

• WikiMapia: open-content collaborative mapping project that aims to mark and describe all geographical objects, under Creative Commons License

Maps of Switzerland

Other printed maps are available in the EPFL Library and can be found via BEAST.

All of the current topographical maps designed, edited and distributed by the Federal Office of Topography, Swisstopo
Scales: 1:1,000,000 ; 1:200,000 ; 1:100,000 ; 1:50,000 ; 1:25,000

Available online on the geoinformation platform of the Swiss Confederation: map.geo.admin.ch. Special access for EPFL community : geovite.ethz.ch (see above “Distribution of geodata at EPFL).

DVD-Rom version: available in the EPFL Library, please look up BEAST.
(Swiss Map 25: national map on a scale of 1:25,000 in 8 DVD-ROMs (1.Western Switzerland, 2.Jura, 3.Berne, 4.Valais, 5.Central Switzerland, 6.Eastern Switzerland, 7.Tessin, 8.Grisons))

Printed version: no recent versions are available in the EPFL Library. Option of placing requests via BEAST to borrow recent editions.

Official name: Topographic Atlas of Switzerland = Topographischer Atlas der Schweiz

Historical map: 1870-1949
Scale: 1:25,000 for the Central Plateau, the Jura Mountains and Southern Ticino and 1:50,000 for the Alps
Ellipsoid: Schmidt 1828
Projection: Equivalent conical projection
Starting point altitude: Benchmark Pierre du Niton 376.86 m above sea level = “old horizon”

Printed version: available in the EPFL Library to look up on-site. Make an appointment at [email protected].

Available online on the geoinformation platform of the Swiss Confederation: map.geo.admin.ch. Special access for EPFL community : geovite.ethz.ch (see above “Distribution of geodata at EPFL).

Items of interest

Contact

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