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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Start here for general GIS questions.

What is the Geospatial Data Collection?

The Geospatial Data Collection is a shared network drive that requires WashU network or VPN access. This drive contains geospatial data that have been shared with the Data Services group from various sources. Most of these datasets have been obtained from outside agencies or groups and the University Libraries is not responsible for any errors or omissions that may occur.

Check out the Geospatial Data Collection directory structure diagram for assistance in navigating the network drive.

How Do I Access The Data?

Step 1

All users must review and sign the terms and conditions listed in the University Libraries Geospatial Data Request Form.

Step 2

After completing the above form, users will receive access confirmation from Data Services staff member within two business days.

Step 3

Map network drive (WashU network connection or VPN required) to \\\libraries_gdc.  For instructions on how to map a network drive, see Mapping a Network Drive.

Need help?  See the Geospatial Data Collection Troubleshooting Guide.

What happened to \\\gispublic?

All data on gispublic has been moved to the new network storage location described above or to a read-only Box location.

Looking for a file that was previously available on gispublic?

See the GISPUBLIC to Geospatial Data Collection location mapping document.