GIS Resources

 ISU GIS Resources

  • GIS and Mapping Task Sheets - Two-page recipes for completing common GIS and mapping tasks.
  • Data and Code for Task Sheets - GitHub page where you can access all the data and code used in the task sheets. 
  • ISU GIS Facility - The GIS Support and Research Facility is a public computing facility established to support the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology at Iowa State University.
  • ISU GIS Labs - List of computer labs on the Iowa State University campus with access to GIS software
  • ISU GIS Facility Data Connections: List of different data connections hosted by ISU GIS Facility.

 Data Links

 GIS Software

  • ESRI ArcGIS: An international supplier of industry standard geographic information systems software. The software is supported at ISU through a campus license. 
  • QGIS: A free and open source geographic information system. Create, edit, visualize, analyze, and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD (Android coming soon).

 Web Mapping Software



  • Guide to Geocaching: Guide to Geocaching Road Trip with list of resources for choosing a GPS and finding and making a cache.