The Interdiciplinary Research Collaboratory supports and distributes Esri ArcGIS suite of software to the UCSB community. All UCSB students, faculty, and staff may install Esri's desktop software on their personal computers and have access to ArcGIS Online using their netID's. Users from departments and units who contribute to the site license have access to all of Esri's desktop and server software, map and datapacks, and access to Esri technical support.
While we are closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, we will provide access to the network drives that ordinarily requires a visit to the Collaboratory. Please email us a library-collaboratory [at] ucsb [dot] edu for inquiries to our data collections.
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:
The MIL directories contain more than 600 titles of scanned maps and geospatial data. The data in the Public Open Data folder is in the Public Domain and can be used for any purpose. UCSB-Only Data is licensed or otherwise restricted data--please check the metadata carefully and speak to an Collaboratory staff member if you have questions regarding the use of this data.
Many of these folders are NOT described in UCSB Library Search.
We also have a giant CD-ROM and DVD collection. Use UCSB Library Search to find them. We have guidelines and instructions for using Library Search, our library's online catalog, to find and access geospatial data. Please ask at the Collaboratory if have problems identifying appropriate data for your project.
The UCSB Library participates in cooperative collecting and lending with the UC/Stanford Maps & Geospatial Data Common Knowledge Group.
Other pages of interest:
- For maps and aerial photography inquiries, please see the SRC Collections page. Email: special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu Phone: (805) 893-3062
- Some spatial data websites:
- Campus GIS ListServ
A discussion forum for issues related to GIS
- GIScience subject guide
A guide to finding GIS data online and through the UCSB Library Catalog
- ADL Data Examples
Examples of data that were held as part of the Alexandria Digital Library
- Web Links
A collection of spatial web links from the 1990s.