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Minnesota Resources
Data and maps specific to the state of Minnesota or cities and regions within Minnesota. Data and maps made available through United States and worldwide products listed elsewhere on this page may also include Minnesota within its geographic scope.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 : Minnesota
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12356
    Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. This collection covers Minnesota towns and cities from 1867-1970.
  • Exploring Clay County
    1997. Maps and data on Clay County, Minnesota (promotional) from MN DNR.
  • Metropolitan Council 1997 Digital Aerial Photography for the Seven-county Metropolitan Area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    1997. Digitized black & white contact prints of aerial photography created by Horizons, Inc., under contract with the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area. Represented counties within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. Imagery can be viewed as TIFF files in an image viewer. Multiple CDs.
  • Metropolitan Council 1997 Digital Orthophotography for the Seven-county Metropolitan Area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    1997. Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quads (DOQQs)--georeferenced, rectified digital aerial photography--at a scale of 1:40,000 covering the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Counties represented include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. Imagery can be viewed as TIFF files in an image viewer or used in GIS. Multiple CDs.
  • Metropolitan Council 2000 Digital Orthophotography for the Seven-county Metropolitan Area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    2000. Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quads (DOQQs)--georeferenced, rectified digital aerial photography--at a scale of 1:40,000 covering the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Counties represented include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. Imagery can be viewed as TIFF files in an image viewer or used in GIS. Multiple CDs.
    • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph003216651
  • Metropolitan Council 2005 Digital Orthophotography for the Seven-county Metropolitan Area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    2005. Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quads (DOQQs)--georeferenced, rectified digital aerial photography--at a scale of 1:50,796 covering the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Counties represented include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. Black & white, color, and color near-infrared images are available as MrSID files, which can be used in ArcGIS or viewed in standard Web browsers using LizardTech's ExpressView Browser Plug-in. 5 CDs.
    • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph004898113
  • Minnesota Natural Resources Data created through the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs' Sustainable Lakes Project
    These datasets, derived from a variety of public sources including the USGS and the MN DNR, represent a diverse collection of primarily natural resource and environmental data for Minnesota such as historic vegetation, land use/land cover, slope, soil, groundwater contamination potential, septic tank suitability, and scenically attractive areas. Data date from the mid- to late-1990s and can be used in ArcGIS or ArcView 3.x.
  • Minnesota Trunk Highway Traffic Volume Maps
    2000. MNDOT maps of highway traffic statistics in PDF format.
  • Twin Cities Metropolitan Area GIS Parcel Data
    Local and county governments in the seven-county Twin Cites metropolitan area manage their land parcel information in GIS format. The Metropolitan Council provides a license to the University of Minnesota for staff or students to use this parcel data for academic projects. While these data are not made available in the ACIC, University-affiliated individuals can visit the University's geospatial wiki site or speak with map library staff for more information about these data and acquiring access.
  • USGS Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles (Minnesota)
    Digital, rectified, georeferenced aerial photos for the entire state of Minnesota. Files can be used with GIS software in the ACIC lab or viewed as jpeg images.
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GIS Data Resources
Data in GIS-ready formats or data designed specifically for use with GIS software. For GIS data specific to Minnesota and its regions within, please see Minnesota Resources above.
  • ESRI ArcScene: USA Tour
    1992. Landsat satellite imagery of prominent landmarks in the United States.
  • ESRI ArcUSA
    1992. Thematic data of the United States in ArcInfo coverage format at the state and county levels. This 2-CD set includes data at two scales: 1:2 million and 1:25 million.
  • ESRI Data & Maps
    1999 and later. Worldwide and US geodata including cities, boundaries, landforms, satellite imagery, environmental data, census, demographics, transportation, zip codes, and other information, available for educational use by University staff and students.
  • Geography Awareness Week 1998
    Western Hemisphere data including population, elevation, rivers, earthquakes, etc. from ESRI and National Geographic.
  • GeoLytics Census, Demographic, and Business Mapping and Data for the United States
    Software created by GeoLytics that enables the creation of maps and reports revealing detailed present and historic demographic, economic, and housing data from the US Census Bureau. Additional products in this collection provide mapping and reporting of streets, crime, and consumer expenditure data. Most GeoLytics software allows cartographic data to be exported as shapefiles (.shp) and as MapInfo files (.mif) for use in GIS. Individual products cover specific time periods, but together this GeoLytics collection includes data for 1970 to 2007. Multiple software packages are installed separately on two computers in the ACIC. Follow the link to the MNCAT catalog below for information about individual products.
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-a&find_code=WRD&request=geolytics&filter_request_5=twilsmap%3F&local_base=tcmncat
  • MapInfo Sample Data
    1994. Sample raster and vector data for various countries in MapInfo format.
  • USGS Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles
    Digital, rectified, georeferenced aerial photos of various states outside Minnesota. Spatial coverage and precise date within a given state may vary. Each CD contains orthophotos of a single county. Check catalog record link for availability. (See Minnesota Resources above for USGS DOQQs of Minnesota.)
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-c&ccl_term=orthophoto+NOT+MN&filter_code_4=WAT&filter_request_4=ELR+or+%28WAT%3DHTTP+and+WAT%3DGOVPUB%29&local_base=tcmncat
  • USGS Digital Raster Graphic Data
    Scanned, georeferenced topographic maps from various US states and regions at various scales. Mainly focused on Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas, but includes at least partial coverage of many other states. Check catalog record link for availability.
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-a&find_code=WRD&request=USGS+DRG&filter_code_1=WAT&filter_request_1=ELR+or+%28WAT%3DHTTP+and+WAT%3DGOVPUB%29&local_base=tcmncat
  • Vector Map 0
    Vector map level 0 (VMAP0) is an updated (1997) version of NIMA's Digital Chart of the World and provides worldwide coverage of vector base and thematic geospatial data at 1:1,000,000 on 4 CD-ROMS. Primary source for the database is the Operational Navigation Charts series co-produced by the military mapping authorities of Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-b&request=vector+map+level+0&x=0&y=0&find_code=WRD&adjacent=N&local_base=tcmncat
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Electronic Atlases
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Thematic and Topographic Maps
This section includes scanned topographic maps and thematic mapping software (for maps focusing on a specific geographic, political, social, or other topic).
  • DeLorme 3-D TopoQuads
    2002, 1999. Digital topographic maps of selected states. Allows 3D viewing, elevation cross sections and profiles, and search features. Available states are Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin (CD for northwest section unavailable), California, Hawaii, and Utah. Multiple CDs per state.
  • Delorme Topo USA
    1998 and 2002. Digital topographic maps of the entire US. Includes 3D viewing program. Multiple discs. (Map Library's copy of 2002 product lacks Disc 4, Great Lakes & Plains.)
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-a&find_code=WRD&request=delorme+topo+usa&local_base=tcmncat
  • GeoLytics Census, Demographic, and Business Mapping and Data for the United States
    Software created by GeoLytics that enables the creation of maps and reports revealing detailed present and historic demographic, economic, and housing data from the US Census Bureau. Additional products in this collection provide mapping and reporting of streets, crime, and consumer expenditure data. Most GeoLytics software allows cartographic data to be exported as shapefiles (.shp) and as MapInfo files (.mif) for use in GIS. Individual products cover specific time periods, but together this GeoLytics collection includes data for 1970 to 2007. Multiple software packages are installed separately on two computers in the ACIC. Follow the link to the MNCAT catalog below for information about individual products.
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-a&find_code=WRD&request=geolytics&filter_request_5=twilsmap%3F&local_base=tcmncat
  • Maptech Terrain Navigator 2002
    Digital USGS topographic raster maps of the entire US (Washington and Oregon are dated 2001). Includes a 3D viewing program and 3D glasses.
    • Link to catalog records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-b&request=Maptech+Terrain+Navigator+2002&x=0&y=0&find_code=WRD&adjacent=N&local_base=tcmncat
  • Social Explorer
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/14592
    Created by Queens College, City University of New York, and partnering with the University of Minnesota's own National Historical Geographic Information System, this subscription edition of Social Explorer offers the ability to create customized maps and reports of demographic, housing, and employment patterns throughout the United States using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Foreign Maps and Cartographic Data
Maps and other geographic information of specific countries or regions outside the United States. General worldwide maps can be found in the Electronic Atlas section, and worldwide GIS data sets can be found in the GIS data resource section.
  • Official Topographic Maps of German States
    Amtliche Topographische Karten. 2000-2001. 1:50,000-scale topographic maps of German states including Mecklenburt-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Nordrhemin-Westfalen, Bayern Sud, Bayern Nord, Sachsen-Anhalt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Hessen, Sachsen, Baden-Wurttemberg, and Thuringen. German language only. Multiple CD-ROMs.
    • Link to Catalog Records
      http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-b&request=Amtliche+Topographische+Karten&find_code=WRD&local_base=tcmncat
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Street Maps and Route Finding Applications
US road and street maps. Some discs include trip planning and route-finding programs.
  • ThomasGuide California
    1998. Provides street map information with the ability to display and print maps, look up and save addresses, and perform other functions. Includes Sacramento County, San Bernadino/Riverside Counties, Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange Counties, San Diego County, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo/Ventura Counties. Multiple CD-ROMs.
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Educational Resources
Tutorials, demos, examples, and other learning aids. This section includes a selection of instructive textbooks that are accompanied by software or exercise data.

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