Position your mouse over the “DATA” tab and then either click the “Search the Library” link on the dropdown menu and choose any of the "Search By ... " options, or click on the “GET DATA ONLINE” button on the top right of the page. Either of these navigation options will take you to the GIS Library’s geoportal toolset, where you can then query the entire GIS Library for datasets on the basis of name, theme or keyword. The results of your query will be returned via a selectable list, as well as their spatial extents shown on the inset map.
Once you've located the dataset(s) that you wish to download via the search functionality, simply expand the selection by clicking on the name of the dataset and then clicking on the "Download" link at the bottom of the dataset's description - this link will present the user with a zipfile containing the dataset that can be downloaded/saved to the users local computer.
NOTE: Download options/commands vary on the basis of particular web browsing clients, but users should choose to "save" the datasets to their local environment - i.e. do not "open" the dataset. The datasets are provided for download in a zipped, file geodatabase format. For users who are unable to consume datasets in file geodatabase format, please contact the GIS Coordinator to make alternative formatting arrangements.
Please contact the GIS Coordinator to discuss. Ad-hoc data contributions to the GIS Library are welcomed provided they meet certain criteria - e.g. they are publicly licensed, have associated metadata, are provided in a standardized format, etc. Please note that if you wish to formally partner/participate with the GIS Library, there is a link to that information here.
The GIS Library hosts both web mapping and data streaming services for users to connect to and utilize.
For users wishing to connect to web mapping services, the services are discoverable via the GIS Library's online search functionality. Click on the "GET DATA ONLINE" button from the homepage>click "Search">click "Additional Options">select "Live Map Services" from the Content Type dropdown>click "OK">and click "Search" again. The results will show each of the web mapping services hosted at the GIS Library. There are a number of ways to connect to the web mapping services, by clicking on the service name and then using one of the options at the bottom of the selected service.
To connect to the web mapping services in ArcGIS Desktop, step by step instructions are provided here.
Please see the attached Power Point presentation for a brief metadata overview from the GIS Library.
A few helpful resources: