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GIS Resources

GC335, GC337, GC428, PA595

Online GIS Resources: State, National, and International

ANSI (Americal National Standards Institute) or FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) Codes sources:
Missouri Census Data Center The motherlode of ANSI codes. Michigan's are here.
U.S. Census Bureau--FIPS Codes. Another source for ANSI codes.

Michigan/Regional Data Sources
State of Michigan GIS.
“The State of Michigan Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Site provides access to GIS data, and information across the GIS community in Michigan. The site is maintained by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget's Center for Shared Solutions in collaboration with State agencies and other partners." For population data, go to the Census Statistics and Demographic Data page from the State of Michigan. The American Factfinder and the American Community Survey pages at the Census Bureau can be used to create detailed custom tables.

Michigan GIS Open Data Portal
Search for boundaries, demographics, fish & wildlife, hydro, geology, environment, elevation, transportation, and public health.

Much like this guide with a few more resources. Here is their link to Michigan & Great Lakes Data.

Much more than the Marquette data that you first see is available here.

Great Lakes Commission
View data online as well as download it--includes hydrology and bathymetry.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contains national and regional data.

Historical county boundaries: Michigan. From the Newberry Library in Chicago. All 50 states are available.

Hiawatha National Forest and Ottawa National Forest.

Great Lakes Ecological Assessment Data.
This resource is "an interagency effort to collect and consolidate new and existing environmental, biological, and socioeconomic information in the Northern Lake States." Data here. An additional resources is the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework

Mineral Resources, Online Spatial Data for Michigan.
From the USGS. Clicakble map of counties in Michigan. The entire US is also available. The "National and global datasets" as well as the "Additional studies and data" tabs will contain links to the data.

U.S. Data

National Atlas of the United States
Under the "Small Scale Data Download" link you can download shapefiles, from land cover to water.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Transstats
Recently redesigned, the information is not as easy as it once was to locate.

The federal government's public gateway for providing access to geospatial information. A wide variety of data categories are available containing data from federal, state, local and private sources. Searchable via a text search or an interactive map.

ArcGIS Open Data
If you have an online subscription to this program, you can freely exchange data.

Geocommunity Data Depot
U.S. as well as international data can be found here.

National Map of the United States

U.S. Census Bureau Geography webpage. Older census boundary files may be obtained from National Historical Geographic Information System: NHGIS. For demographic data, visit the American Factfinder webpage.

Download soil data. This is a request service: you must wait for your data to be created.

Landcover Database from MRLC
Online version of landcover data from 1992, 2001, 2006, and 2011.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Geospatial Data Gateway.
Data from: Farm Services Agency, Rural Development, National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE), Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO), Web Soil Survey, eFOTG (Field Office Technical Guide), Geo.Data.Gov, APFO Customer Order Entry System, USGS Maps, Imagery and Publications, National Atlas, National Map Viewer 2.0, US Census Bureau Geography, Download TIGER/Line Shapefiles, and Download Public Land Survey System Data.

Links to data from the University of Arkansas
National, state and international sources. Every large university with a GIS program/library will have lists of resources (such as Columbia University for example).

You might also prefer to simply go to USA.gov's agency list and search for the agency you'd like or search for GIS in the search engine along with your topic.

Every state has a GIS data clearinghouse of some sort or another. Here is a list of them from the University of Oregon.

USGS Geospatial Data Download

International (and National)


Natural Earth Data
Free vector and raster map data at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales.

ESRI's Arc GIS Online.

Global Land Cover Facility
Remote sensing data. Jump directly to their data and products.

Canada's free GIS portal.

Natural Earth Data
Public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales.

GIS Lounge
A listing of resources by country--will also direct you back to sources already mentioned here on this page.

Mad Mappers.
African GIS data accessible to all.

European Environment Agency Data and Maps.

Additional Supporting Resources

ESRI Support Page and ArcGIS Resource Center. The latter is pre-May 2014 support with a link to newer resources.

The Illustrated Guide to Nonprofit GIS & Online Mapping. A publication from Maptogether.org. Contains a brief introduction to mapping and GIS technology and concepts, examples of successful nonprofit projects using GIS and/or mapping technologies, helpful strategies for planning your own mapping/GIS project, a review of public data sources with freely available data, and a brief review of free and low-cost tools for nonprofit mapping and GIS projects.

Hundreds of free Geography & Mapping books are available from National Academies Press. A search for GIS returns over 1200 publications

Cartography 2.0. An online map and GIS textbook. This is a free online knowledge base and e-textbook for students and professionals interested in interactive and animated maps. It appears to have been reinvented--it's less of a textbook now (January 2013).

Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing.

UC Berkeley's Knight Digital Media Center--Map Mashups. "This site of tools is designed to help people get started with using maps in their various publications and presentations. The presentations here include "Map Mashup Resources", "Google Map Basics", "Embedding Map Mashups" and "Map Mashups: Collaboration". Each of these presentations includes a video orientation that will help users get started quickly with their own work. A particularly useful resource is the "Embedding Map Mashups" tutorial, which will teach interested parties how to quickly embed their newly created maps into their own sites. The last section of the site is titled "Maps Links and Resources", and here visitors can learn about how maps are being used online to share information and also find a list of "100 Things to Do With Mashups""--as described by the Internet Scout Report.

Geospatial Solutions. A GIS magazine (with additional resource and career information) closely associated with GPS World.

NMU has access to these GIS and cartography journals:

In the library, the Government Documents computer has ArcGIS installed.

If you need help with any of these resources (or found some others you'd like to see added), ask for assistance at the Library's Reference Desk (227-2294), use the live chat, or contact Bruce Sarjeant, Reference, Documents & Maps Librarian (227-1580).

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