BROWN
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE & SERVICES
Brown Geographic Information Science and Services
Spatial Data Sources
   Key:
Brown Access = Local Brown CD Access

DATA GROUPINGS

Location | Historical | Subject | Repositories | Offline

LOCATION

STATE & LOCAL

Connecticut Map & Geographic Info Center CT state depository for spatial data
MassGIS MA state depository for spatial data
Providence Plan data and mapper
Rhode Island GIS data includes datalayers, online orthoimagery (aerial photography), digital atlas, and other maps; maintained at U.R.I.
RI Digital Atlas RI data on watersheds, communities and various topics
State agency GIS sites GIS data for all 50 states; compiled at U.Va.
State and local aggregations compiled at U.Ark.
State data repositories compiled at Connecticut College
Zillow Neighborhood Boundaries nearly 7,000 neighborhood boundaries in the largest U.S. cities

 

UNITED STATES

  Census.gov data for people, households, business and industry; see 'Geography'
Census 2009 TIGER/Line Data shapefiles of Census data (census.gov)
Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data shapefiles of Census data (esri.com)
Geodata.gov intergovernmental geospatial one-stop portal 
Geospatial Data Gateway natural resources data compiled by USDA
LexisNexis Statistical Publications and DataSets
social and economic data; downloadable as shapefiles.
National Atlas of the United States interactive access to a wide variety of data
National Map Seamless Server allows convenient area delineation and downloading of USGS data
ReferenceUSA
Directory info on U.S. businesses
arrow U.S. federal agency GIS sites compiled at U.Va.
U.S. national aggregations compiled at U.Ark.

INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC

 
ADMINISTRATIVE BOUNDARIES
DIVA-GIS variety of data by country
 
COUNTRY DATA
Continent Aggregations African, Australian and European data from MIT GIS Laboratory
GeoGratis Canadian geospatial data portal
GIS Data Depot offers data at local, state, and country scales
arrow Harvard Geospatial Library MA, federal and international data, searchable by keyword
IGAC geographic materials for Colombia
LexisNexis Statistical Publications and DataSets
In the Browse By Source folder, go to China Data Center. World Bank data.
arrow Map Library Administrative boundaries of developing countries
 
GEOCODING & POSTAL CODES
Google Earth save data from desktop program to KML files; rich source for international addresses and geocoding
Postal Codes (international)

HISTORICAL

Historical U.S. Census data 1790-1960, by state and county (tabular data)

Historical U.S. Census microdata IPUMS; samples from 15 censuses

National Historical GIS aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files, 1790-2000

Urban Transition Historical GIS Project U.S. cities from late 1800s - early 1900s. Brown Univ.

SUBJECT

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

  Biodiversity

Anthropogenic Biomes version one

Central American Vegetation/Land Cover Classification and Conservation Status

Human Appropriation of Net Primary Productivity (HANPP)

Last of the Wild and Human Footprint Data Sets

National Biomass and Carbon Dataset 2000 (NBCD 2000)

Species Distribution Grids

 

  Climate/Weather

Consortium for Spatial Information | Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research climate, elevation, soil

Global Change Master Directory data and services

Global Climate Change

Integrated Database Information System (IDIS) an on-line data sharing platform that provides access to water, agriculture and environment

National Atlas of the USA: Climate

National Weather Data in GIS Format from the National Weather Service

  Country/Region Data

Africa Data Dissemination Service

Central African Regional Program

Home Page of The USGS Atlas of Antarctic Research

Mexico GIS Data (in Spanish)

USGS Rocky Mountain Mapping Center

 

  Elevation

CGIAR-CSI SRTM 90m DEM Digital Elevation Database

Consortium for Spatial Information | Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research

National Elevation Data

USGS DRG TOPO 1-24k Maps: ModelUSA Complete (24k)

World Elevation SRTM: Model XSAR SRTM

 

  Hydrology/Oceanography

Freshwater data of all sorts (watersheds, aquifers, etc.)

Digital Nautical Chart

Hudson River Watershed Mapper

Indicators of Coastal Water Quality

Integrated Database Information System (IDIS) an on-line data sharing platform that provides access to water, agriculture and environment

Physical Oceanography sea surface, wind, etc.

National Atlas of the USA: Water

NOAA NESDIS

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory exploration of hydrothermal vent processes

Water Data

 

  Orthoimagery/Landcover

Landsat Data largest online free source

Landsat Whole Earth 15m Data: Model Landsat 321 Mosaic

Landsat Whole Earth 30m Data: Model Landsat 742 Mosaic

Pictometry contains aerial photography taken from low-flying airplanes at a 40 degree angle. Images are visualized in software that performs different measurements, such as height, distance, area, elevation and bearing. Contour lines can be drawn. The images can also be downloaded to GIS software packages.

USGS downloads

 

  Soil/Geology

Consortium for Spatial Information | Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research

Integrated Database Information System (IDIS) an on-line data sharing platform that provides access to water, agriculture and environment

OneGeology

USDA:NRCS:Geospatial Data Gateway (Soils and much more)

 

REPOSITORIES

CIESIN Center for International Earth Science Information Network

Digital Earth

Geocommunity

Geodata

GIS Data Depot free GIS data

GIST: Geographic Information Support Team spatial data to support humanitarian relief

Integrated Database Information System (IDIS) an on-line data sharing platform that provides access to water, agriculture and environment

National Atlas of the USA

United Nations Environment Program

ADDITIONAL BROWN RESOURCES

  EarthLab Data:

  • Full access to the state's GIS database directly on the Lab's server; this is also available for download from the RIGIS web site
    http://www.edc.uri.edu/ (which includes a host of Arc/Info based datasets, from Airports to Wellhead Protection Areas, and digital orthophotography)
  • ESRI Basemap GIS data for the entire United States and the world

If interested please E-mail the EarthLab Systems Manager:
Lynn_Carlson@Brown.edu

Room 105, MacMillan Hall

  Brown Libraries Data:

  • assistance in procuring datasets (including potential financial assistance)
  • campus-wide access to ICPSR and other spatial data resources
  • Data on CD-ROM including GIS and remote sensing data, analyses, and simple viewing applications - including GIS and remote sensing-related CD-ROMs produced by:
    • the U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Census Bureau and Environmental Protection Agency
    • multi-agency cooperative CDs with their own viewing & GIS software; LandView 5 is a quick way to view a variety of GIS data files
  • books and periodicals on GIS and remote sensing

If interested please E-mail the Social Sciences Data Librarian:
Thomas_Stieve@Brown.edu

Room 103, Rockefeller Library

  Imagery at Brown:

Compiled by the ARC Program; includes Landsat, 1999 Atlas, and SPOT, IKONOS, etc. imagery of Rhode Island and other New England sites

If interested please E-mail Professor Mustard:
John_Mustard@Brown.edu