You can come to the  Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory to access our extensive collections of GIS data and scanned maps.  We have two network drives on our workstations:

  • X: GIS_Data
  • Y: GIS_DataRestricted  

Each of these drives contain several subdirectories with a separate category of material organized according to their own scheme:

  • Imagery: Raster data ready for use in a GIS.  Organized by folders named with the originator of the imagery.  This folder hierarchy includes historic aerial photographs that have been georeferenced by MIL or research partners.
    • Highlight: Complete coverage of the Channel Islands from 1929!

      Detail of a 1929 image of Santa Cruz image versus the same creekbed in 2015.  Elimination of cattle and sheep from the Islands have radically altered the vegetation regime.
  • LCC: Library of Congress Classification.  These are primarily maps that have been scanned from books.
    • Highlight: an extremely large, detailed image of Kanos, Nigeria from 1970
  • MIL: MIL Classification (follow link to call number guide).  This is the meat of the collection.  More than 550 titles of vector and raster geospatial data and scanned maps.  Plus disk images pulled off of legacy media from the 1970s through early 2000s.
    • Highlights: Esri data packs, Santa Barbara County government data, consumer spending
  • SuDoc: Federal Depository call numbers.  These materials are federal reports and publications either deposited to UCSB or captured from the web. Primarily USGS PDF's of local interest.

The MIL directories contain more than 550 titles of scanned maps and geospatial data.  The data in the DataCollection is in the Public Domain and can be used for any purpose.  DataCollection_restricted is licensed or otherwise restricted data--please check the metadata carefully and speak to an MIL staff member if you have questions regarding the use of this data.  Not all of these folders are described in the Library Catalog.  Titles of particular interest are:

Don't forget:  we also have a giant CD-ROM collection.