Spatial Data by Topic
U.S. Large Area Landmarks - (sports centers, golf courses)
NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2011 - Team level academic performances can be obtained by division, by conference, and by school (numeric data).
Land Use Change
National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 1992/2001 Retrofit Land Cover Change Product - Codes
Also on AFS at \afs\isis\data\gis\library\library4\ncchange
Business Location Data
Select areas in NC (~2007)
ReferenceUSA - Provides current business information, including latitude/longitude coordinates (available in detailed download - 500 download limit).
Follow this tutorial to create a shapefile from latitude/longitude coordinates.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Data includes: Biomass, Other (Transmission Line Data - high voltage only), Solar (average solar resource potential), and Wind (Annual average wind resource potential, NC is in the Mid-Atlantic States file).
See Census Data Resources
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer
Available for download from the Soil Data Mart
Also on AFS SSURGO (detailed soils)\afs\isis\data\gis\library\library4\ssurgoNC (by county)
STATSGO (generalized soils) \afs\isis\data\gis\library\library4\statsgoNC
The Soil Data Viewer is installed on the Public GIS machines in Davis Library Reference.
HAZPAC, An Interactive Map of Pacific Rim Natural Hazards, Population, and Infrastructure
Download data here
Web Mapping Services
Instructions and a few good sources. Maintained by NCSU Library.
What is in this guide?
This guide provides links and search tools to help you find spatial data for your GIS course. For additional resources related to GIScience, please see the Geography Research Guide.
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Favorite Sites for Finding Spatial Data Online
State and Local Data
Need a topic for your GIS project?
Don't know what to do for your GIS project? Investigate these resources to see what professionals are doing and to find ideas for a topic of your own. These are just a few ideas generated from Joseph Kerski's blog post.