Spatial Data & Map Links

The following offer comprehensive listings of websites featuring diverse geo-spatial information at local to global scales from government, academic, and commercial sources:

Portals and Clearinghouses to Spatial Data and Imagery

The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) is named for the library of Alexandria, Egypt, once considered the center of all knowledge/learning. ADL is a digital library of geographically referenced materials that provides services to access these resources.

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies and the University of Arkansas Libraries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources for creating public health maps and for GIS and spatial analysis.

DATA.gov, established in 2009, gives access to raw data in multiple formats (XML, CSV/Text, KML/KMZ, Shapefile, etc.), data mining tools, and geospatial datasets from all agencies of the U.S. Federal Executive Branch. Extensive metadata are provided and users can search by keywords, general themes, and source agencies.

GIS Data Depot. Access to a broad range of data, some free and some fee based; requires proficiency in GIS software.

Go-Geo! Portal. An online resource discovery tool to identify and retrieve records on the content, quality, condition, and other characteristics of geospatial information within the U.K. and internationally.

Harvard Data Resources is from the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.

Rutgers Cartography. Links to sources of maps, images, and data (GIS, transportation, Census, etc.).

GIS at Stanford

GIS@Tufts

International

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a WDC Clearinghouse for environmental data, metadata, and data tools relating to human interactions in the environment.

IPUMS-International. Census microdata samples from 44 countries from 1960 to the present.

NASA’s Global Change Master Directory enables users to locate and obtain access to Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change and Earth science research.

OpenStreetMap. A wiki map that allows users to view, edit, and use worldwide geographical data in a collaborative way.

ICSU World Data System provides access to a wide range of solar, geophysical, environmental, and human dimensions data covering timescales ranging from seconds to millennia.

World Wide Web (WWW) Virtual Library. Links to social sciences directories and data archives.

United States

DATA.gov, established in 2009, gives access to raw data in multiple formats (XML, CSV/Text, KML/KMZ, Shapefile, etc.), data mining tools, and geospatial datasets from all agencies of the U.S. Federal Executive Branch. Extensive metadata are provided and users can search by keywords, general themes, and source agencies.

Historical Census Browser. Retrieves and maps U.S. Census data. Developed by the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the University of Virginia.

National Atlas

National Historical Geographic Information System. Provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the U.S. between 1790 and 2000.

Minnesota Population Center is host to several significant data infrastructure projects, including IPUMS-USA (samples of the American population drawn from 15 censuses).

U.S. Census Data.

USGS National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse. Geospatial data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

QUADS is a web-based service for visualizing USGS quadrangles in Google Earth that provides an easy-to-use framework for retrieving georeferenced PDF topo maps from the USGS Store.

California Geographical Survey—exploring the world, one map at a time . . . Dr. William A. Bowen, professor of geography emeritus (Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge) has created a superb collection of digital maps and atlases, wall maps, flight movies over California landscapes, and other mapping resources. These materials are copyrighted and may only be used for teaching without expressed approval from Dr. Bowen. See the site for further details.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

California

California Spatial Information Library

California Gap Analysis Project: Statewide Datasets

California Geographical Survey—exploring the world, one map at a time . . . Dr. William A. Bowen, professor of geography emeritus (Department of Geography, California State University Northridge) has created a superb collection of digital maps and atlases, wall maps, flight movies over California landscapes, and other mapping resources. These materials are copyrighted and may only be used for teaching without expressed approval from Dr. Bowen. See the site for futher details.

DATA.gov, established in 2009, gives access to raw data in multiple formats (XML, CSV/Text, KML/KMZ, Shapefile, etc.), data mining tools, and geospatial datasets from all agencies of the U.S. Federal Executive Branch. Extensive metadata are provided and users can search by keywords, general themes, and source agencies.

USGS Topographic Maps of California

Shaded Relief Map of California

Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara’s MAPS, Mapping Analysis and Printing System) delivers custom maps and reports of the City’s geographical information.

DATA.gov, established in 2009, gives access to raw data in multiple formats (XML, CSV/Text, KML/KMZ, Shapefile, etc.), data mining tools, and geospatial datasets from all agencies of the U.S. Federal Executive Branch. Extensive metadata are provided and users can search by keywords, general themes, and source agencies.

Santa Barbara County Spatial Data Catalog, Download local GIS data on agriculture, boundaries, culture, demographics, environmental hazards, hydraulics, planning, and transportation.

Santa Barbara County Online GIS, My Property, allows users to access and map land and property data in relation to County Zoning, Land Use, Voting Precincts, School Districts, Political Boundaries, Flood Zones, and Fire Severity, etc.

Historical maps and text on the Goleta Slough. Explore the collection of Professor Harry Nelson (UCSB Department of Physics). Also, see the circa 1782 map of what is now the campus.

Historical Maps and Cultural Data Resources

David Rumsey Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and image, including rare 18th- and 19th- century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) is an international project to develop and distribute digital data on historical and archaeological resources.

Human-environment Interactions

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a WDC Clearinghouse for environmental data, metadata, and data tools relating to human interactions in the environment.

NASA’s Global Change Master Directory enables users to locate and obtain access to Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change and Earth science research.

ICSU World Data System provides access to a wide range of solar, geophysical, environmental, and human dimensions data covering timescales ranging from seconds to millennia.

Last modified: September 14, 2015