Mobilizing Science for Evidence Based Decision Making

The Canadian Watershed Information Network (CanWIN) is a Canadian spatial data infrastructure (SDI) system hosted at the University of Manitoba and managed by the Centre for Earth Observation Science within the Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. We support research and education, and inform management, policy and evidence based decision making within the Nelson River Watershed and into the Arctic via Hudson Bay. By creating an interoperable infrastructure, CanWIN facilitates the discoverability and accessibility of water and climate related data across the freshwater-marine spectrum.

We enable scientists to ask new research questions by giving them the ability to analyze complex, multi-themed watershed issues across broad spatial and temporal extents.

You can read more about us from our Datahub About Us page.


CanWIN partners with freshwater and arctic data centers across Canada and globally. It is a founding member of the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI) a pan-Canadian collaboration of arctic data centers and domain experts such as Amundsen Science who are developing an integrated Canadian arctic research data infrastructure system (ARDI). CanWIN partnerships with freshwater research and data centers include the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium and the International Institute for Sustainable development — Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) where we collaborate on standardizing and sharing freshwater research and community collected datasets.

Mapping Platform

To share our geospatial data we use the GeoNode platform. GeoNode is a geospatial content management system, a platform for the management and publication of geospatial data. It brings together mature and stable open-source software projects under a consistent and easy-to-use interface allowing non-specialized users to share data and create interactive maps. Data management tools built into GeoNode allow for integrated creation of data, metadata, and map visualizations. Each dataset in the system can be shared publicly or restricted to allow access to only specific users.

Implementation Partner 52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH

Advancing spatial information infrastructures to foster open science

52°North is devoted to spatial information research. As a non-profit company, we support open science through open data and open source software. Our major interest is developing spatial research data infrastructures to foster the derivation of information from data.

Turning data into information is the key to making informed decisions. Through Spatial Information Research, 52°North develops methods, technologies and solutions to support the information generation, and hence the decision process. We are spatial data enthusiasts!

Our team of Research Software Engineers and Data Scientists knows how to integrate data provided from a range of sources — from in situ to satellite — and we contribute to a variety of application domains. We conduct applied research in the field of spatial data and we also support open science with powerful Geo-IT solutions from data harmonization and processing to visualization.