GIS Data

This category contains introductory text about GIS data such as types of error in GIS datasets, types of GIS data (raster and vector), and metadata. Find resources to finding GIS data and where to download data.

File Formats

Guides to the various file formats and tools for data format conversions. Find conversion utilities to convert from one GIS application to another.

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USGS Digital Raster Graphics (DRG) Resources

Digital Raster Graphics are created and maintained by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The maps have been scanned into digital format and contain topographical and survey information. Find resources here to understanding and working with DRGs. The first site to visit is the DRG homepage which contains information about DRGs and how to obtain them.

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Hayman Fire, Colorado Image

Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (Aster) recently captured images of the Hayman fire burning … Read more

Focus on California – the search for free data

If you are looking for comprehensive and free data for a project, California hosts a wide range of federal, state and local agencies that readily make their data available at no cost. Many of these datasets can be easily downloaded from the Internet. Most can be found in common GIS and CAD formats such as ArcView Shapefiles, ArcInfo export (.e00) or Microstation (.dgn) files.

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