Pilot Project

Funding by USGS CAP Grant

This project is geared toward Suwannee River Water Management District. It concentrates on the NSDI data layers. The project was funded by a USGS CAP grant through the Florida Institute of Government with technical support by the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC) of the Florida State University.


Florida GIS Data is Available for Download

There is a significant amount of GIS data being gathered in Florida, by various organizations and it is retained in a host of important service centers. The purpose of this site is help people find what they need and how to access it by serving as a locator and point system to geospatial data in Florida. The purpose is customer service to the public business community and to increase use of the many hosting services sharing GIS data in Florida. This is a new service and will be increasing in value as more of Florida’s data is shared.

Please take a few moments to browse through the site and send us comments.

How Do I Find Data?

It's Quick

Click the Search tab and type as much information as you have available.

How Can I Contribute Data?

It's Easy

We desire to host the metadata, which is information about the operational data, and provide recognition to the organizations that own the data as the appropriate data steward. For customer usability we would like to provide links to the location of the data and contact information to an individual or organization that can provide more information or facilitate data delivery. If there are organizations that have operational data they are willing to share to the general public but are not positioned to provide web delivery, then upon requested, the Florida GIS Clearinghouse will be pleased to host the metadata and the data on our servers.

Background Information

What is GIS? (courtesy Wikipedia)

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. In the strictest sense, it is a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing, sharing, and displaying geographically-referenced information. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze the spatial information, edit data, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information science is the science underlying the applications and systems, taught as a degree program by several universities.

Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Urban planning, cartography, criminology, sales, marketing, and route planning. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or a GIS can be used by a company to find new potential customers similar to the ones they already have and project sales due to expanding into that market.