One of the first questions you typically ask yourself when you want to start thinking about using geospatial data is where to find it? Bellow, you can find any recommendations on how to find data. However, if you are new to using spatial data I recommend you take a look at two other pages first.
- Common formats of spatial data and how to use them.
- Standard topical/thematic organisation of spatial data. including links to key data sets.
Five approaches to finding data.
- Do a Google search for it by combining the topic you are interested in with words such as GIS data or map data.
- Go to a national or international data and map portal and search for what you are interested in. You can find a list of some key data and map portals here. These sites commonly support both a classical text search and also maintain topic-based searches. There are two common topic nomenclatures used for geospatial data
- Search on the website of an NGO or governmental organisation that deals with the topic of interest.
- Many universities maintain some form of catalogue of commonly used data. (Visit RUC data catalogue)
- Try a list of geodata linked such as Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_GIS_data_sources or GISgeoagraphy https://gisgeography.com/best-free-gis-data-sources-raster-vector/