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Offering great info about GIS@UCSD including tutorials, GIS data, books, course-specific GIS guides and more, we hope this site helps you better incorporate GIS into your work. Come see us in the Lab or online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/gis!

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How to use this guide...

Be sure to take a look at the tabs just above this box for more information on GIS data, tutorials and course-specific guides.  If necessary, scroll down to see all the content on any given page. 

Who can use GIS @ UCSD?

If you are a CURRENT member of the UC San Diego community, you are welcome and invited to use the GIS resources at UC San Diego.  Our ESRI GIS software license does not permit members of the public, or past or future UC San Diego community members to use the software and associated data. 

However, there may still be information that we can help you with...so please check out the links below.

General Info about GIS Data @ UC San Diego

If you are a UC San Diego person looking for GIS data, you want to start with either our X drive, or our list of GIS Data links in this guide.

The Data & GIS Lab keeps the majority of its GIS data on a drive called the X drive.  The data is organized geographically, roughly by continent, with topical data arrangement inside each folder. Topics are:

  • Boundaries, Districts and Jurisdictions
  • Census
  • Digital Elevation Models - DEMs
  • Geology, Geography and Topography
  • Hydrology
  • Imagery
  • Land Use, Zoning and Community Plans
  • Places
  • Transportation and Transportation-Related
  • Utilities

Remember, if you are looking for data on a smaller area of geography, be sure to check the folder with the larger geography first.  An example would be if you are looking for data for only one of the states in the United States, you would want to look in the United States Data folder as well as the North America data folder.

NOTE:  TO USE DATA ON THE X DRIVE YOU MUST BE IN THE DATA & GIS LAB. Our current configuration does not allow for the use of the Data & GIS Lab's GIS data to be accessed from anywhere other than the workstations in the Data & GIS Lab. At some point in the future, it is possible that we will have Web access with UC San Diego authentication to the X drive.  Sorry for any inconvenience!