Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
From within ArcGIS Online, when you add data to a map, you can search the entire ArcGIS repository of data uploaded by community users. Be sure to pay attention to authorship and read metadata because quality varies!
Regional and Local Sources
Often it is the case that national data does not provide geospatial data in units small enough for a local study. Such information is collected instead by state, regional, or county agencies. Contact a librarian for help identifying potential sources of information to answer your research question.
The first stop for Minnesota data is the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. Nearly all of the data that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published from the DNR Data Deli and DataFinder have migrated to a new home: the Minnesota Geospatial Commmons, a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota.
This site offers many ways to access data, including the Minnesota GeoGateway, which simultaneously searches across agencies that distribute digital geographic data. Particularly helpful is a set of links to data organized by data theme (e.g. where to go for aerial photography or for soil data).