The CGG is a web-based tool for capturing basic metadata on an organization, project, publication or data set, links it to a spatial entity (i.e. polygon, line, or point), creates a KML file and facilitates its discovery on the internet by the Google search engine. The new version replaces the sequential process with a tab based interface that allows the user to easily move back and forth through the steps. It also makes more prominent the spatial entity capture step with the map always visible in the interface.

The new interface for the COINAtlantic GeoContent Generator (CGG) showing an example entry for the publication State of the Scotian Shelf Report: Emerging Issues. The map on the left of the interface shows the polygon that will be included in the resulting KML for the Scotian Shelf taken from the library of biogeographic boundaries included with the CGG

Other enhancements include the capability of entering a specific latitude and longitude coordinate as the spatial entity and uploading photographs to be included in the KML file. The CGG was designed to provide small organizations with a capability of making their data and information more visible on the internet. The CGG works together with the COINAtlantic Search Utility (CSU) that searches the internet for WMS and KML spatial data resources, including the KML’s built with the CGG and displays these resources on an interactive map. The CGG is available at and the  CSU at

An example of a CGG produced KML for the Moose River Restoration Project—Moose River Feasibility Study for the Clean Annapolis River Project in Nova Scotia showing in the COINAtlantic CSU map. The blue polygon is the Annapolis River watershed from the CGG library

Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the spring of this year.

Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!