Data - Geospatial (GIS) Resources

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Rebel Cummings-Sauls

Available Software in Hale 113

  • ArcGIS 10.1
  • SPSS
  • FME Translator
  • SAS
  • R
  • GeoDa
  • Adobe PhotoShop

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Welcome to the Libraries' Guide to geospatial resources!  This guide is designed to help you find data that contains a spatial component; ie. you can map it.  If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to email me at and I will be happy to help you find or create what you are looking for.

Did you know?

Copyright law does not apply to facts, data, or ideas.  However, it does apply to their arrangement (as in a data base).  But,  just because data is not protected by copyright, it does not mean there are not other legal considerations. 

For more information, check out Facts and Data from the University of Michigan.

Do you have a copyright question?  We can help.  Contact

Why can't I find anything more recent?

Data can be expensive and time-consuming to produce and process - often depending on its size, scope, complexity, and available funding.  The more people a survey includes, or the more observations that are recorded, the longer it will take for the data to be collected and processed, and the more expensive it is. 

Data can also be embargoed.  This is a ban on the publication of documents (or in this case data), for security or copyright reasons.  Scientists can wait until they have finished analyzing their data before making it available.  The US Census does this as well; reports on the changes in the population were available before the data was released to the general public.