Mapping and GIS: Resources


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Geospatial Tools and Software

Geospatial Modelling Environment - GME provides you with a suite of analysis and modelling tools

Maxent - Maxent software for modeling species niches and distributions

Circuitscape - This site is home to Circuitscape, Linkage Mapper, and Gnarly Landscape Utilities.

Gephi - Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.

GPlates - GPlates is desktop software for the interactive visualization of plate-tectonics

QGIS - A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System

ESRI - The industry leading standard for commercial GIS software

eCognition - Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) commercial software

Corridor Design - Tools for connectivity, corridor, or habitat modeling

GDAL - Geospatial Data Abstraction Library for raster data conversions#

Geospatial Training and Support

GeoNet - ESRI GIS community forum and resources

Geospatial Analysis - Full online textbook for learning about Geospatial Analysis

eCog Community - User community for eCognition image classification software

Maxent - Google Group - User community for Maxent niche modeling software#

Illinois/Indiana and the Chicago Region DATA

CMAP Data Hub - Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

NIRPC - Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

SEWRPC - Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is the official metropolitan planning organization and regional planning commission 7-county southeastern Wisconsin area

Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Illinois State Geological Survey

Illinois State Geological Survey - Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chicago in Maps Links to many historic and thematic maps of the Chicago region

Indiana Geological Survey - Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) an institution of Indiana University

NIRMI - Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory

IndianaMAP -  the largest publicly available collection of Indiana GIS map data#

North America/ National DATA

Climage Wizard The Nature Conservancy climate change information and visualization

National Map Viewer - USGS website supplying downloadable elevation and LiDAR datasets

USGS/EROS - Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

USDA/NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway - Provides access to a map library of over 100 high resolution vector and raster layers in the Geospatial Data Warehouse - US Open Government Data

CensusBureau - American FactFinder provides access to socioeconomic and demographic data about the United States

TIGER - Topographically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing spatial data can be linked to the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder

FEMA Map Service Center - Flood Map Service Center

Digital Coast - NOAA sponsored website focused on helping communities address coastal issues#

Andes/Amazon DATA

INEI - Sistema de Información Geográfica para Emprendedores

IBC - Instituto del Bien Común

RAISG Peru - RED Amazonica de Información socioambiental georeferenciada

IDEAM - Geoportal de búsqueda, visualización y descarga de información y datos espaciales

GeoSur - La RED, Geospatial De América Latina y El Caribe

CIMA - Centro de Conservación, Investigación y Manejo de Areas Naturales

ISA - Instituto Socioambiental en Perú

Terra-i - International Center for Tropical Agriculture

MAAP - Monitoring of the Andes Amazon Project

RAISG - Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada

IGM - Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico en Perú

Indice de Cartas Geológicas - Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico#

Global and Satellite DATA

WorldClim - Global Climate Data - Free climate data for ecological modeling and GIS

EarthExplorer - Raster data from a number of remote sensing platforms.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility - open-data research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere access to data about all types of life on Earth.

FossilWorks - Fossilworks provides query, download, and analysis tools that utilize the Paleobiology Database's large relational database assembled by hundreds of paleontologists from around the world

Natural Earth - Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.

OpenStreetMap Data Extracts - This server has data extracts from the OpenStreetMap project which are normally updated every day.

Copernicus Open Access Hub - The Open Access Hub provides complete, free and open access to

Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 user products.

Global Administrative Areas - Our goal is to map the administrative areas of all countries, at all levels.

Conservation Science Data and Tools - World Wildlife Fund

DigitalGlobe  Commercial vendor of space imagery and geospatial content

Planet-Action - Organization that provides imagery grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations

GeoEye Foundation - Organization that provides imagery grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations

CGIAR-CSI - Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers/Consortium for Spatial Information