The Library is currently re-organizing its cartographic collections.
Spatial data is data that is easily viewable using a standard desktop GIS such as ArcMap or QGIS. The UCSB Library has a long history of collecting, providing access to, and developing novel search and discovery tools to spatial data.
In 2014 we assessed more than 20 years worth of collections for inclusion in the new Alexandria Digital Research Library. We are actively working to include spatial data into this new system.
All data collections are all available in the Library. Network Data Collections are availble on workstations in the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory. MIL staff can retrieve CD- and DVD-ROMs. Please contact MIL or Collaboratory staff if you need help finding or using data.
MIL spatial data collections include:
- A large selection of CD-ROMs and DVDs accessible via the Library Catalog
See our GI Science Research Guide for tips on searching the catalog for spatial data
- Networked Data Collections stored nearline on secure Library networks
Much of the data collected by the library is on secure storage that is accessible on workstations in MIL and the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory.
More information about data both on and off campus:
- by geography (campus, city, county, state, etc.)
- by type (elevation models, georeferenced maps, demographic, etc.)
Other pages of interest:
- 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
- GIS Services
GIS tutorials and news
- ADL Data Examples
Examples of data held as part of the Alexandria Digital Library
- Web Links
A collection of spatial web links from the 1990s.