Geographic Information Systems (GIS): On the web

GIS and Geospatial Data

GIS Data on the Web


Vanderbilt Campus Map - The Facilities Information Services Mapping Department is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the University's campus maps. Vanderbilt campus data is available to students, faculty, and staff at the University.

Metro Nashville Planning Department- Interactive Mapping Site - This public access service allows you to view property, zoning, topographic and planimetric data. In addition, it allows you to search the database by owner, address or parcel number. 


Tennessee Spatial Data Server - distributes spatial data layers that are shared among Federal, State, and local GIS facilities in Tennessee.

Tennessee Map Portal - A portal for accessing a wide variety of GIS related information, resources, and on-line mapping services in Tennessee, indluding published map services for use in ArcGIS Desktop.


American Factfinder - Quick and interactive access to summary data, reports, and maps from the Census Bureau.

Census Tiger/Line Shapefiles - US Census Bureau access to free downloadable shapefiles including legal and statistical geographic areas, rivers, roads, etc.

ESRI Census Cartographic Boundaries - ESRI access to US Census Bureau free downloadable cartographic boundary shapefiles by geography type by county.

National Historic GIS -NHGIS provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2010.

ICPSR Historic Cartographic Boundaries - ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) access to historic Census TIGER/line files, 1990 - 2006.

The National Map erver - US Geological Survey server providing free downloads of national base layers and elevation data as well as other geospatial data layers.

National Atlas of the United States (USGS) - Find and make maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life using data from a collection of Federal organizations.


ESRI World Basemap Data - Download ESRI Basemap data for use in GIS software. Features include country boundaries, cities, rivers, roads, etc. Select by area of interest.

ArcGIS Online- a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, apps, data, and other geographic information. You can create maps on the web or add content from ArcGIS Online straight to your ArcGIS Desktop projects.

Other Data Link Sites

University of California, San Diego - A massive collection of GIS data sources sortable by topic, type, source, and region. The UCSD GIS Data libguide is an excellent starting point for your data search.

University of Tennessee - The UT Map Library GIS Data page provides a list of data links for Tennessee as well as the links to national and international data.

North Carolina State University - The NCSU Library GIS Data page provides an extensive list and descriptions of useful GIS data links.