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Geospatial Data and Resources: Types of Geospatial Data

An introductional guide to the various types of geospatial data and avaiable resources for use within your projects.

Vector Data

Data representing the location & shape of geographic features through geometric shapes

  • Points
  • Lines
  • Polygons

2010 Salt Lake County Census data depicted using Vector Data

Raster Data

Data represented through a digital image

  • Scanned Map
  • Photograph

Scanned map that has been georeferenced in ArcGIS and overlaid using Google Earth

Tabular Data

Descriptive data that can be combined with other types of data for analysis & comparison

  • Census data
  • State & County data
  • Agriculture & Economic data

2010 Utah Census data with the addition of demographic data to each shapefile

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