Comprehensive information evaluation and fact checking resource written by Michael A. Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University. Browseable by chapter links and freely accessible.
Geographic information systems (GIS) are computer-based tools used to analyze, visualize, interpret, and store geographic data. Data can be considered anything that can be associated with a geographical location and/or mapped.
Environmental and Ecological Data
Natural Earth DataNatural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data.
USGS GIS DataUSGS is a primary source of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data. Data and information is presented both spatially and geographically including The National Map, Earth Explorer, GloVIS, LandsatLook, and much more.
CGIAR-CSI SRTM 90m DEM Digital Elevation DatabaseThis data is provided in an effort to promote the use of geospatial science and applications for sustainable development and resource conservation in the developing world. Digital elevation models (DEM) for the entire globe, covering all of the countries of the world, are available for download on this site.
The Mojave Desert Ecosystem ProgramMDEP repositories support on site hosted data and data services from around the country. The volume of data is significant and changes constantly. With the help of the Voyager Search software deployed at MDEP, users can now find and work with many data sources easily and quickly.
Open TopographyBased at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego. OpenTopography facilitates community access to high-resolution, Earth science-oriented, topography data, and related tools and resources.
Seafloor Mapping ProjectData presented in the SFML Data Library include a series of remotely sensed images (multibeam, side scan sonar), derived data (bathymetric contours, grid analyses, etc.), habitat analyses, associated data sets (survey footprints, coastline) with FGDC metadata, grouped by survey location.
California Coastal Records ProjectOver 96,000 photographs (totaling over 509GB) of the California coast are now online, covering from the Oregon Border (42N latitude) to the Mexican Border (32.5N latitude), except for the Vandenberg AFB restricted area. An additional 5833 images from 1972, 8000 images from 1979, 2890 images from 1986, 4173 images from 1987, 1074 images from 1989, and 2407 images from 1993 are now online.
USGS EarthExplorerThe EarthExplorer (EE) user interface is an online search, discovery, and ordering tool developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). EE supports the searching of satellite, aircraft, and other remote sensing inventories through interactive and textual-based query capabilities.
CensusScopeCensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for both generalists and specialists.
HealthMapThe freely available Web site 'healthmap.org' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.
iMapInvasivesAn online on-line, GIS-based data management system used to assist citizen scientists and natural resource professionals working to protect our natural resources from the threat of invasive species.
The National MapThe National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response.
On the MapMap and get reports on congressional districts, tribal areas, geographies, workforce, transortation, education, waterways, parks
CSU Social Science Research and Instructional CenterAccess for CSU students, faculty, and staff to more than 70,000 subscription data bases from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR); to CALSPEAKS California public opinion data; and to other, unrestricted data bases.
Data.govRepository of government datasets -- a great starting point for research.
Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)The EOL data archive contains atmospheric, meteorological, and other geophysical datasets from operational sources and the scientific research programs and projects for which NCAR/EOL has provided data management support. The project list may be sorted by selecting the header keys and full project descriptions and dataset lists are available by selecting the project title. You may search for projects with the form below. You may also search for datasets by keyword or space and time.
EPA Science InventoryThe Science Inventory is a searchable database of research products primarily from EPA's Office of Research and Development. Science Inventory records provide descriptions of the product, contact information, and links to available printed material or websites.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social ResearchInter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
Vital StatisticsThis page is a portal to the online data dissemination activities of the Division of Vital Statistics, including both interactive online data access tools and downloadable public use data files.