Spatial Data

U-Spatial can provide access to a number of unique spatial data resources. These include high resolution commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, recent National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery, and MetroGIS parcel data for the seven Twin Cities metropolitan counties. Other amazing spatial data resources include:

  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal provides discoverability and facilitates access to geospatial resources. The resources in the portal are selected and curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at ten research institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The resources include GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps. Learn more about the research institutions involved and the sources of the geospatial records.
  • The John R. Borchert Map Library serves the University of Minnesota community and the State of Minnesota, including other academic institutions, corporate patrons and the general public. 
  • The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota.

Commercial Satellite Imagery

DigitalGlobe Basemap

The University of Minnesota has been selected as one of only two universities to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Commercial satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for applications such as mapping, environmental research, agriculture, national defense, energy exploration, disaster response, and human rights monitoring and enforcement. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

DigitalGlobe Basemap features millions of square kilometers of current and archive imagery captured by DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation over the past 15 years, including imagery from WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe’s newest satellite that collects imagery with 30 cm ground resolution.

All University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access the DigitalGlobe Basemap by filling out the access request form or attending one of our DigitalGlobe Basemap workshops. Please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk with any questions about the DigitalGlobe Basemap.

Additional Imagery for Federally Funded Reseach

UMN users who are working on federally funded research projects can request access to global commercial satellite imagery resources beyond what is available in the DigitalGlobe Basemap by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.

Aerial Imagery

National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)

UMN users can access 2015 Minnesota NAIP imagery by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.

MetroGIS Parcels

Twin Cities Metropolitan Area County Parcels

UMN users can access 2006-2017 Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area parcel data by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.