State of Michigan GIS.
“The State of Michigan Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Site provides access to GIS data, and information across the GIS community in Michigan. The site is maintained by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget's Center for Shared Solutions in collaboration with State agencies and other partners." For population data, go to the Census Statistics and Demographic Data page from the State of Michigan. The American Factfinder and the American Community Survey pages at the Census Bureau can be used to create detailed custom tables.
Michigan GIS Open Data Portal
Search for boundaries, demographics, fish & wildlife, hydro, geology, environment, elevation, transportation, and public health.
Much more than the Marquette data that you first see is available here.
Great Lakes Commission
View data online as well as download it--includes hydrology and bathymetry.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contains national and regional data.
Historical county boundaries: Michigan. From the Newberry Library in Chicago. All 50 states are available.
Great Lakes Ecological Assessment Data.
This resource is "an interagency effort to collect and consolidate new and existing environmental, biological, and socioeconomic information in the Northern Lake States." Data here. An additional resources is the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework
Mineral Resources, Online Spatial Data for Michigan.
From the USGS. Clicakble map of counties in Michigan. The entire US is also available. The "National and global datasets" as well as the "Additional studies and data" tabs will contain links to the data.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Transstats
Recently redesigned, the information is not as easy as it once was to locate.
The federal government's public gateway for providing access to geospatial information. A wide variety of data categories are available containing data from federal, state, local and private sources. Searchable via a text search or an interactive map.
ArcGIS Open Data
If you have an online subscription to this program, you can freely exchange data.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Data by subject, coversion tools and applicaitons, metadata catalogs.
U.S. Census Bureau Geography webpage. Older census boundary files may be obtained from National Historical Geographic Information System: NHGIS. For demographic data, visit the American Factfinder webpage.
Download soil data. This is a request service: you must wait for your data to be created.
Landcover Database from MRLC
Online version of landcover data from 1992, 2001, 2006, and 2011.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Geospatial Data Gateway.
Data from: Farm Services Agency, Rural Development, National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE), Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO), Web Soil Survey, eFOTG (Field Office Technical Guide), Geo.Data.Gov, APFO Customer Order Entry System, USGS Maps, Imagery and Publications, National Atlas, National Map Viewer 2.0, US Census Bureau Geography, Download TIGER/Line Shapefiles, and Download Public Land Survey System Data.
Links to data from the University of Arkansas
National, state and international sources. Every large university with a GIS program/library will have lists of resources (such as the University of Oregon).
You might also prefer to simply go to USA.gov's agency list and search for the agency you'd like or search for GIS in the search engine along with your topic.
Every state has a GIS data clearinghouse of some sort or another. Here is a list of them from Northwestern University.
USGS GIS Data Download.
Search by topic, location, and year.
Natural Earth Data
Free vector and raster map data at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales.
Natural Earth Data
Public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales.
A listing of resources by country--will also direct you back to sources already mentioned here on this page.
African GIS data accessible to all.
The Illustrated Guide to Nonprofit GIS & Online Mapping. A publication from Maptogether.org. Contains a brief introduction to mapping and GIS technology and concepts, examples of successful nonprofit projects using GIS and/or mapping technologies, helpful strategies for planning your own mapping/GIS project, a review of public data sources with freely available data, and a brief review of free and low-cost tools for nonprofit mapping and GIS projects.
Cartography 2.0. An online map and GIS textbook. This is a free online knowledge base and e-textbook for students and professionals interested in interactive and animated maps. It appears to have been reinvented--it's less of a textbook now (January 2013).
NMU has access to these GIS and cartography journals:
- Cartography and Geoinformation
- Transactions in GIS
- Point of Beginning: P.O.B.
- Journal of Geographical Systems
- International Journal of Navigation and Observation (ceased in 2018)
- GIM International
- Applied GIS
- ARC News
- ARC User
- GI Forum
- ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
- Journal of Spatial Information Science
In the library, the Government Documents computer has ArcGIS installed.