Geospatial Data and Resources

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

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Questions to consider when choosing geospatial data

With all of the data available, there are a few questions to consider when researching & acquiring geospatial data:

  • Where is the data coming from?
  • Does the data cover the geographic extent I need?
  • Is the information current?
  • Is the scale of the data consistent with my other data?
  • How accurate is the data?
  • What types of attribute data are available with the data?
  • How large are the data files?
  • Is the data properly formatted to open using geospatial software?
  • Is the data consistently projected?
  • What metadata accompanies the data?
  • The major question:  Are there any use restrictions for using or accessing the data?

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