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GIS Free GIS data?

docwatson

Cyburbian
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OK, after confirming that our MPO has downloadable data sets online and setting up an account last week, I log in to find out that there is a special waiver one needs to electronically "sign" and apparently have confirmed by a staff person or process before gaining access, at any rate its not automatic ... so now its the weekend and I'm trying to make a map for a class I am taking! Leave it to American bureaucracy! :) If anyone's online, any leads where I might find free downloadable basic data (roads, political boundaries, rivers) for Colorado? I seem to recall downloading from some places on the internet previously. The class is online/out of state so no luck getting it from the school. One of the counties has data, but it costs per shapefile ...
 

jacciz

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Go to the US Census website. Go to TIGER files. They have lots of data with political boundaries, water, centerlines, etc.
 

docwatson

Cyburbian
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Thanks, all! I got the project done (ultimately ended up using shapefiles from a couple of the cities in the region that had it online, combining them to cover enough of the region).

However, this might be an interesting thread / list of resources to have up on Cyburbia as a resource for GIS users?
 

Cardinal

Cyburbian
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Most states have a GIS portal where you can download extensive information. This often includes aerial imagery and special coverages for the state (land cover, geological or environmental data, etc.).
 

Blide

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One thing I discovered relatively recently is that some jurisdictions put their GIS data on a web server that Arc can access directly. Fortunately for me, the adjacent counties north of here have done that so I can just connect to their server to bring in parcels, aerials, and whatnot if I need. I think the GIS department where I work is too stingy to do that themselves though.
 

Yane

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call their county office and tell them you are a student maybe they can send you info for free
 
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