The Data Lab maintains several geospatial resources. The Data Lab also provides assistance with locating GIS data.

Online Resources

Please follow the link to the Online GIS Data Sources page.

Networked Resources

The Data Lab maintains a GIS data file server (the M Drive) that contains frequently used GIS datasets that are available to the Tufts Community. The files are read-only, so if users want to edit the files, they will need to download them to their personal workspace. If you are working in the Data Lab, it is mapped as the M: drive. If you are working outside the Data Lab, users will need to map a network drive to connect. Please follow the directions for Accessing GIS Network Drives from outside the Data Lab under the Tufts GIS Tutorials and Tips page.

The data are organized by geographic region and then by publisher. For instance, if users are looking for GIS data for the City of Boston, they should go to City->Boston->Boston Water & Sewer Comission (BWSC) and then browse for the appropriate dataset. Likewise, if looking for Massachusetts data, users should go to State->MA->MassGIS. Metadata (data explaining the data) has been provided when possible.

CD-ROM/DVD Resources

The Data Lab owns several CDs & DVDs of GIS data. Please see the Lab Staff for assistance. The materials do not circulate and can only be used within the Data Lab. Users must leave a form of identification with the Lab Assistants.

Recent Acquisitions:

GfK World Complete
Complete set of Digital Tactical Pilot Chart Maps
India Census Datasets
China Datasets
Boston Parcel, Planimetric, and Orthophoto Data
New York City Bytes of the Big Apple
MassGIS Data, complete set of MassGIS data, including the new color and near infrared digital orthophotography
Boston Water & Sewer Comission (BWSC) Digital Orthophotos
Cambridge GIS
Somerville GIS
Tufts Campus GIS
ESRI Data & Maps
Global GIS DVD
Historical County Boundaries of the United States
Natural Resource CD of Russia
World Soils Database
Geolytics historical and contemporary census data products
World Language Mapping System
FAO Land & Water Series for Africa and Latin America
National Transportation Atlas Databases
National Geographic Digital Georeferenced Topos for New England.

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