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Geospatial Mapping Services at Virginia Tech: More GIS Data Online

This is a guide to help Virginia Tech community members discover geospatial data and Geographic Information System (GIS) resources and services available for their research.

ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

Explore a wide variety of spatial data on the Esri’s Living Atlas. Please note that certain data and features may require a Virginia Tech ArcGIS Online account. It is the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your work. You can connect to all ArcGIS Online data through ArcGIS Pro!

ArcGIS Hub

ArcGIS Hub is an easy-to-configure community engagement platform that organizes people, data, and tools through information-driven initiatives by providing data from trusted, authoritative data providers for everyone. Many localities and other government agencies are using this platform. Learn more about ArcGIS Hub here.

Virginia Data (VGIN)

The Commonwealth of Virginia creates, maintains and provides access to a large amount of GIS data. 

VGIN - the State's GIS group - facilitates the efficient use of geospatial data and technologies across commonwealth stakeholder communities. It creates data access through a data clearinghouse and as web services.

Other state agencies providing GIS data include: Virginia Economic Development Partnership, DEQ, DCR and VDOT.

Census Data

Census data can be found from different sources but the most prominent source for census geospatial data is from the TIGER/Line Shapefiles. The core TIGER/Line Files and Shapefiles do not include demographic data, but they do contain geographic entity codes (GEOIDs) that can be linked to the Census Bureau’s demographic data, available on

You can access the historical Census GIS and Census attribute data from The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) which dates back to the first census in the US.

Geospatial Data Curator

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Imma Mwanja
Newman Library Room 3010
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Geospatial Data Consultant

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Ed Brooks
Room 3020 Newman Library

Virginia Tech
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
(540) 231-9225