The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to the Community College of Aurora for support of a project titled Community College GIS Faculty Institute. Under the direction of CCA faculty members Dr. Geoff Hunt and Elizabeth Hirsh, the Institute is training CCA faculty across the disciplines in the application of Geographic Information Systems technologies for implementation in the classroom.
GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, can capture, store, and analyze data to be used in numerous applications. It is anticipated that within the next few years, students can begin a GIS degree or certificate program at the college.
The following is a resource page for CCA Faculty involved in the GIS initiative.
GIS Data for Colorado
The sites listed below are the ones we go to first for GIS data for Colorado. Other data can be found under the federal government and vendor GIS data sections on this page or by browsing our links to Colorado city and county government GIS data.
Boulder, City of
Downloadable GIS Data from the Planning & Public Works Department
Datasets for Colorado from the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado.
GIS datasets for the whole state and broken up by county from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
GIS data from the Cartography/GIS Section
Colorado Geological Survey Downloadable Data: Various data sets from mountain summits to geologic quads.
Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past
This project, from the University of Northern Colorado, provides a set of activities for elementary- and middle-grades students to explore Colorado's historical geography. Includes downloadable data on historical railroads, roads, ghost towns and more.
DRCOG: Denver Regional Council of Governments.
Regional Data & Maps
CORRD: Colorado Renewable Resource Database
An interactive map of wind classes, transmission lines, and federal lands in Colorado. Click on "download maps" to download datasets, including wind speed. (Works best in Internet Explorer.)
Another version of GIS data for the Geologic Map of Colorado: Preliminary integrated geologic map databases for the United States. Includes Arc Export and Shapefiles of separate layers (geology, faults, dikes, features, and points) from the geologic map, as well as attribute tables.
Federal GIS Coordination Committee of Colorado
The Federal GIS Coordination Committee is composed of representatives from the various federal agencies in the Denver/Front Range area with an interest in sharing information on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related activities.
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region GIS Data Library
Data files are in compressed KML (KMZ) format.
Federal Government GIS Resources:
Federal Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
A collection of over 250 spatial data servers, that have digital geographic data primarily for use in a GIS.
The FSGeodata Clearinghouse provides searching, viewing and downloading of geospatial datasets and metadata created and maintained by the USDA Forest Service over lands of the National Forest System.
Global Change Master Directory
A directory of earth science data and services (from NASA). May not link directly to data.
Global Ecosystems Database
A joint project w