Geospatial Data Resources

Alabama Geological Survey and Oil & Gas Board Data

Alaska State Geospatial Data

Alaska's state geospatial data clearinghouse.

American Fact Finder

Downloadable data from the Census Bureau.

Arizona Land Resource Information System

Awesome Public Datasets Collection

This list of a topic-centric public data sources in high quality. They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in sindresorhus's awesome list.

Big 10 Academic Alliance GeoPortal

The resources, curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at twelve research institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, include GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps.

Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository

CUGIR provides free and open access to geospatial data for New York State, as well as worldwide geospatial data created by Cornell researchers.

Data.gov

This is the home of the US Government's open data.  Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations and more.

EarthWorks

Explore geospatial data, scanned maps, census data, California data and more. EarthWorks is Stanford University Libraries discovery tool for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data. It combines data sources from many institutions allowing users to search through tens of thousands of geospatial datasets.

Esri GeoInquiries

Since 2014, GeoInquiries™ have been used to integrate ArcGIS Online technology to support subject matter content teaching. Lessons include learning objectives, technical “how-to’s”, textbook references, and formative whole-class assessment items – all packed into one page. These activities are technology agnostic and can be delivered in a classroom with as little as a tablet and a projector. Any teacher can use a GeoInquiry, regardless of their prior experience with digital mapping tools. They are free, Creative Commons licensed activities that do not require any logins or special software beyond an internet browser. For questions or concerns, email geoinquiries@esri.com.

European Space Agency's Sentinal Satellite Data

The Copernicus Open Access Hub (previously known as Sentinels Scientific Data Hub) provides complete, free and open access to Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 user products, starting from the In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR).

Free GIS Datasets Collection

We have links to everything from arctic permafrost maps to gridded population data - simply scroll through the list, or use the dropdown menus above to jump to a specific section of interest. See the FAQ for more information on the what, who, how and why of the list.

GeoPlatform - Geospatial Platform

The GeoPlatform provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by the public and US government agencies and partners to meet their mission needs. Geospatial Platform is an FGDC initiative that provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications. 

Global Health Observatory Data

The Global Health Observatory theme pages provide data and analyses on global health priorities.

Hawaii Statewide GIS Program Data Portal

Historical GIS Research Network

This list is not exhaustive but we aim to include all of the major historical GIS websites plus additional relevant websites. Other portals are also available such as those from: the GeoHumanities Special Interest Group of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, the Humanities GIS Zotero Library, and the University of Saskatchewan's HGIS Lab.Resources are classed under: National Historical GISsOther online Historical GIS projectsHistorical map servers and other data sourcesOrganisationsSoftwareOther useful sites

INSIDE Idaho

Interactive Numeric & Spatial Information Data Engine - Idaho's Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation - US Data

Download US county-level data on life expectancy, alcohol use, obesity, physical activity, and diabetes. Data are available for each state, the District of Columbia, and the US as a whole.

IPUMS Terra

IPUMS Terra integrates population and environmental data across disciplinary scientific domains, enabling research into dramatic transformations of human populations, the environment, and their interactions.

Louisiana State Data

Wide collection of data for Louisiana

Marine Cadastre National Viewer

The MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer provides interactive mapping of data available through the MarineCadastre.gov Data Registry that have compatible Esri REST services associated with them. This document is a quick reference for how to use the viewer.

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment for the Government of Spain

Mapping resources from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment in Spain.

Minnesota Geospatial Commons

The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is a collaborative space for users and publishers of Minnesota's geospatial resources. The Commons is used by researchers, cartographers, web and application developers, planners, journalists, and other citizens who need GIS data for a project.

NASA Earth Observations

NEO strives to make global satellite imagery as accessible as possible.

National Gap Analysis Program - Core Science Analytics and Synthesis

How well are we protecting common plants and animals?  Gap Analysis is the science of answering this question. Developing the data and tools to support that science is the mission of the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP). GAP works to ensure that common species – those that are not officially endangered – remain common by identifying those species and plant communities that are not adequately represented in existing conservation lands. Learn more about Gap Analysis >>They work with a wide range of government, academic, non-profit and private partners, providing them with essential data and analyses that they can use to protect the habitats on which the survival of common species depends.

National Transportation Atlas Database

The National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), published by BTS, is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related attribute information for these features. There are approximately three dozen point, line and polygon “data themes,” comprising of about 60 total datasets that make up the NTAD. Metadata documentation, as prescribed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), is also provided for each database. These data support research, analysis, and decision-making across all modes of transportation. They are most useful at the national level, but have major applications at regional, state, and local scales throughout the transportation community. The current NTAD databases are designed for use within a geographic information system (GIS); however, the attribute data for each dataset can be accessed in any database, spreadsheet, or other software package.  In 2016, NTAD switched from an annual update to updates on a continuous basis. The BTS is interested in providing different distribution approaches and developing additional datasets.

Natural Earth

Data themes are available in three levels of detail. For each scale, themes are listed on Cultural, Physical, and Raster category pages.

Natural Resources Canada

Open Government Search, Geospatial Product Index, Toporama Interactive Map, Geospatial Data Extraction, Paper Map, feeds

New Zealand Geospatial Data

NationalMap Data Service for New Zealand includes free and paid resources.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library offers a customized discovery experience for its map collection. This unique application combines GeoBlacklight with the ability to georeference maps and create custom map sets for instruction.

NYU Spatial Data Repository

Explore many data sources available in their collection. The NYU Spatial Data Repository is a search and discovery platform for geospatial data created by NYU's Data Services. The application is the entry point for discovering and accessing NYU's spatial data collections.

Open Data Inception Collection

Open Data Inception - 2600+ Open Data Portals Around the WorldFrom their website:When building the best Open Data portals, the same question always comes up:Where can I find clean and usable data?Our answer is usually: “Did you search on existing Open Data portals?”But the truth is, some Open Data portals can be hard to come by.We decided to put together a resource that would be truly useful for all the data geeks out there (and we know we are plenty ). We called this project: Open Data Inception.We rolled up our sleeves and started aggregating all of the Open Data portals we could get our hands on. We are thrilled to present you the first version of our comprehensive list of 2600+ Open Data portals around the world.To facilitate your search, we decided to geotag intergovernmental organization portals on their parent organization headquarters.The table of contents will give you a summary of all countries represented on this list. Simply click on a country’s name and the page will bring you to the correct section.If you are curious about how we created this list, we wrote an article about it.We hope that you will find solace in your data quest with this list. Don’t hesitate to send us feedback through the form at the bottom of the page or at @opendatasoft.

OpenStreetMap

The files found here are regularly-updated, complete copies of the OpenStreetMap.org database, and those published before the 12 September 2012 are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license, those published after are Open Data Commons Open Database License 1.0 licensed.

Open Topography

OpenTopography facilitates community access to high-resolution, Earth science-oriented, topography data, and related tools and resources.

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center

A Data Center in NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) — Hosted by CIESIN at Columbia University

Stanford Libraries - Data Portal

Branner Earth Sciences Library and the Stanford Geospatial Center host a comprehensive set of base and thematic spatial data as well as a large collection of static maps. Please contact us to get a tour of the SGC data collection or set up a data research reference appointment.

The U.S. Wind Turbine Database & Viewer

The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications. The creation of this database was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) via the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Electricity Markets and Policy Group, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program , and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The database is being continuously updated through collaboration among LBNL, USGS, and AWEA. Wind turbine records are collected and compiled from various public and private sources, digitized or position-verified from aerial imagery, and quality checked. Technical specifications for turbines are obtained directly from project developers and turbine manufacturers, or they are based on data obtained from public sources.

United States Census Bureau - Census Business Builder Tool

The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.Read more about it in a recent interview with Andrew Hait of the United States Census Bureau.

University of California - DASH

Dash is an open source, community driven project that takes a unique approach to data publication and digital preservation. Dash focuses on search, presentation, and discovery and delegates the responsibility for the data preservation function to the underlying repository with which it is integrated. The service is based at the University of California Curation Center (UC3), a CDL program that aims to develop interdisciplinary research data infrastructure.

US Census Bureau

The newest data portal from the Census Bureau includes new search tools and more.

U.S. Data by State at Purdue

A concise list of important resources available to you on the web and at Purdue.

US Geological Survey

Data and information is presented both spatially and geographically including The National Map, Earth Explorer, GloVIS, LandsatLook, and much more.

USGS TopoView

TopoView highlights one of the USGS's most important and useful products, the topographic map. In 1879, the USGS began to map the Nation's topography. This mapping was done at different levels of detail, in order to support various land use and other purposes. As the years passed, the USGS produced new map versions of each area. The most current maps are available from The National Map. TopoView shows the many and varied older maps of each area, and so is useful for historical purposes—for example, the names of some natural and cultural features have changed over time, and the 'old' names can be found on these historical topographic maps.This interface was created by the National Geologic Map Database project (NGMDB), in support of topographic mapping program managed by the National Geospatial Program (NGP). Geologic mapping and topographic mapping at the USGS have a long tradition together (see 1888 report). The NGMDB project is proud to assist the NGP in bringing these maps to the Web.

Utah State Geographic Information Database

The State Geographic Information Database (SGID) provides a one-stop access point to hundreds of data layers that were developed, aggregated, or acquired by Utah state government.

VecNet

The Vector-Bourne Disease Network (VecNet) uses GeoBlacklight for spatial discovery of data, tagged citations, articles, and reports that support malaria eradication.

Virginia Tech Geo-Data

GeoData provides information about geospatial data that Virginia Tech Libraries has pledged to serve on behalf of local government organizations and data that has been acquired through research.

Virgo GIS

Virgo GIS is the discovery application for GIS datasets from the U.Va Library collections.

Washington State Data

Discover, explore, and download open data from Washington State.  The open data bridge provides access to geospatial and tabular data.

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