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Two GIS workstations, PCs equipped with CD-ROM/DVD readers, USB 2.0 ports, and zip drives are available for public use in the Earth Sciences & Map Library. Each machine is loaded with ArcGIS, a GIS software product, which provides full interactive mapping and data analysis capabilities. Information on ArcGIS is available from ESRI. Access to the internet and the many internet resources in GIS is available from all of the library's public workstations.
GIS Data Collection
The majority of the library's collection of GIS data is available on CD-ROMs and DVDs.
The library's collection also includes digital databases on floppy disks, such as the UNESCO/FAO Digitized soil map of the world. In addition, each GIS workstation is loaded with the GIS data layers for the City of Oakland.
GIS Users at UC Berkeley
The following departments and units use GIS in their work on campus:
This list of GIS users on campus may not be exhaustive. Please contact the Earth Sciences and Map Library to have your department or unit listed here if you use GIS in the course of your work.
GIS Information and Instruction
ESRI Mapping Center provides in-depth information on cartography in GIS. This resource focuses on creating quality cartography in GIS projects using ArcMap. The site includes many useful tutorials including:
Internet Sources of Information about Geographic Information Systems, provided by Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Ontario, includes several links to GIS information, guides and resources.
GIS Library, from ESRI, a bibliography that covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology. It indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports from the origins of GIS to the present. There are over 80,000 resources indexed by the site, some with full text pdf files available for free.
Links to GIS information on sites provided by Opzijnbest.nl.
Downloadable GIS Data
Africover Initiative Project provides a digital georeferenced database on land cover and ageographic referential for the whole of Africa including: geodeticalhomogeneous referential, toponomy,roads, hydrography. The MultipurposeAfricover Database for the Environmental Resources (MADE) is produced ata 1:200,000 scale (1:100,000 for small countries and specific areas).Africover is an FAO/UN project.
California 7.5-minute DEMS (Digital Elevation Models) available for downloading from the Earth Sciences & Map Library's website.
CalAtlas provides access to California’s physical and cultural GIS information. In addition to the downloadable data files in shapefile and raster format, metadata and sample views for each layer area available. DRG - Digital Raster Graphics for California can be downloaded as well.
California State Lands Commission, includes geographic information on state coastlines and fisheries in ArcInfo export files (*.e00), plus links to other California GIS data sites.
CIESIN Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network, specializes in global and regional network development, science data management, decision support and training, education and technical consultation services. CIESIN is the World Data Center A (WDC-A) for Human Interactions in the Environment. Site provides FTP access to international GIS datasets. SEDAC Gateway provides search and retrieval of SEDAC's (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) Data and Information Catalog Services. Multiple Catalog Search Service is also available.
Contra Costa County Watershed Atlas The Contra Costa County Watershed Atlas (Atlas) is a large format, full color, 150-page book of maps, statistics and text about the 28 major watersheds in the County. Though focused on the state of natural ecosystems on the watershed scale, the Atlas also provides information about the human community and the county as and eco-region. An electronic .pdf file of the Atlas is available for download (for free). GIS data for the county is available, after registration, from the county government mapping site.
GLCF Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland provides downloadable remote sensing imagery.
International Geospatial and Attribute Links These links build upon Stephan Pollard's "Starting the Hunt" web site, begun at CAST and hosted by the University Libraries from 2001-2005.
SANDAG Digital Boundary Files & Layers San Diego Association of Governments' ArcInfo export files available for downloading, including: Administrative Boundaries, Basemap Features, District Boundaries, Land Cover and Activity Centers, Transportation.
U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2) Select the state of interest in the NRCS Soil Data Mart or request multiple survey areas via the Geospatial Data Gateway. Spatial data are available in ESRI® shapefile format. Tabular data are available as text files (.txt) in ASCII, pipe (|) field delimited format, and double quote text delimited format. A Microsoft® Access® template database has been prepared for use with the U.S. General Soil Map tabular data and is available from the Soil Data Mart.
Toxics Release Inventory provides ArcInfo export files (*.e00) for US states.
United Nations Environment Programme / Global Resource Information Database (UNEP/GRID) Clearinghouse Node Downloadable GIS worldwide dataset for population, administrative boundaries, terrain, soil, and vegetation.
US GeoData USGS Geographic Data Download from the EROS Data Center. Includes:
Western Region Geologic Information Server (USGS) provides digital earth science information including on-line maps, reports and other data. Much of the data is in ArcInfo export files.
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