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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.

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.

Historical Aerial Photographs

Find Statistics & Data

Tracking Your Research

Citing Maps & Data

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020 4:39 PM