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Framing Your Data Search

What geographic level are you trying to represent/analyze? What types of features do you need to represent?

For example,

  • Do you need to represent states, counties, cities (points or polygons), etc?
  • Do you need to see streets, water, elevation information?
  • Do you need parcel or ownership information?

 

Who would create this kind of data?

  • federal government (specific agency or branch?)
  • state government (specific branch or group?)
  • county government
  • city government
  • commercial entities
  • ??????

 

Would this type of data be publicly available or restricted in some way?

  • Could the information be restricted to protect someone from harm?
  • Might the information be restricted because of privacy issues?
  • Other restrictions?

 

What data formats are you willing/able to work with?

 

What kind of online tools might help you locate the data you need?

  • Data search tools.
  • Mapping tools that provide access to the data too.
  • Imagery search and or display tools.

Online Mapping & Databases

Geospatial Data

data.gov 
New data site with a subset of federal data and geospatial data available. Advantage: Can look easily for some specific formats including KML/KMZ and Shapefiles. 


Spatial Data at MIT  
Use the "Find Data" tab.
 
Free GIS Data Online  
Site from Stanford to help track down GIS data and imagery.

Find Statistics & Data

Citing Maps & Data

Tracking Your Research

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2020 12:42 PM