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San Diego GIS Data Sources
San Diego is fortunate in that we have access to great GIS data for free - this is not typical! The top GIS data sources for San Diego are listed below.
City, county or state agencies also have a wealth of data that can be easily converted for use in a GIS.
Keep in mind that you may need to create your own GIS data if it doesn't already exist.
City of San Diego Community Profiles - Planning Department
The City of San Diego Planning Department offers an easy way to get summary information about San Diego communities here. Simply click on the neighborhood and get a snapshot of it.
Quality of Life - San Diego Region
From Telesis Corp. in San Diego, this is a page of Excel and text documents that relate to measures of quality of life in San Diego County. You can easily link these documents to GIS data files for visualization and analysis.
Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County Aerial Photos
This site offers access to aerial photos of San Diego County in 1953 and 1978. You need to contact them rather than simply download the information, but it is a great resource!
San Diego 2007 Wildfires Wiki
This was a key resource during the 2007 wildfires in San Diego. There is GIS data here for download - and wildfire data is also available for download at www.sangis.org.
San Diego County Bird Atlas Project
A project of the San Diego Natural History Museum, this bird atlas offers access into Google Earth KML files for birds within San Diego County.
San Diego Mammal Atlas - San Diego Natural History Museum, Birds and Mammals Department
A product of the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Mammal Atlas uses GIS data to show mammal occurrence records.
San Diego Mesa College: Geographic Information Systems
The homepage for Mesa College's GIS program. An excellent way to gain GIS skills if you live in the San Diego, CA region.
San Diego Plant Atlas Species Mapping
A product of the San Diego Natural History Museum, this online mapping site allows you to pick a plant and map it using a Google Maps application.
San Diego Regional Crime MAPS
An online crime mapping website from ARJIS (Automated Regional Justice Information System. The crime mapping application allows you to select a location, incident type and time period to map. Map can be exported and data can be copied/pasted into a table to then be used in a GIS.
San Diego Solar Map
This Google Maps mashup shows the location of solar installations in San Diego County.
San Diego State University Department of Geography - GIS Clearinghouse
This site is operated by the SDSU Dept. of Geography and offers free access to GIS data regarding the Tijuana River watershed and the October 2003 San Diego Wildfires. File formats are Arc/Info export files and shapefiles respectively.
SANDAG - GIS & Data Warehouse
Excellent site for free GIS data specific to San Diego County. Also created some new visualizations using GIS data that are interesting to see. To get to the Data Warehouse, go to the left side navigation under "Resources" and choose "Demographics and Other Data".
SANDAG Annual Demographic Estimates, 1990-2000
Easily obtained Census figures in Excel spreadsheets for San Diego County and various subsets of San Diego County.
One of the best sites to get GIS data for San Diego. Almost 100 free GIS data layers available for public download. Majority of these are available through the UCSD Geisel GIS Lab already unzipped with improved metadata.
T-RACES - Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces
A website with interactive maps of historical redlining. Users can click on the designated category and read the descriptions of the areas from a redlining perspective. Very very interesting commentary. Uses GIS to manage this data and present it.
This site is maintained by the Planning Data & Systems Department of Campus Planning at UC San Diego. There is building information, GIS campus maps, 'neighborhood' plans of campus, CAD drawings, and GIS campus maps. Much content needs a password so contact them directly for access.
2007 Wildfire GIS Resources (aka Firestorm 2007)
A short PDF put together by Data & GIS Lab staff for finding GIS resources for the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.