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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Organizations & Training

Listed below are links to other web sites that provide additional information related to GIS in Transportation. If you would like to suggest additional links to organizations or training on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on the Share Info with AASHTO form.

 

GIS Websites

This subsection provides links to sites that include information on GIS applications, interactive map viewers, geospatial data, research, partnerships, etc., which may be of general interest to someone who wants to know more about how GIS technology is being used to address planning and environmental applications in transportation.

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AASHTO

  • GIS for Transportation Symposium – This is the official website of the AASHTO GIS for Transportation Symposium, an annual conference dedicated to the application GIS in transportation.  The website includes registration and program information for the current conference and proceedings of past conferences.

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U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics Geographic Information – This website provides links to the BTS National Transportation Atlas Database and geospatial data coordination activities conducted by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).
  • FHWA  GIS in Transportation – This website provides a consolidated source of information related to transportation applications of GIS, including illustrative examples of GIS applications by Federal, State and local agencies; links to GIS resources including reports, conference, spatial data, and training opportunities; and key GIS contact persons in FHWA.
  • FHWA HEP Executive Geographic Information System – The Executive Geographic Information System Mapping Tool is a web-based mapping application that allows users to create and zoom to customized maps. Available map attributes include the National Highway System, Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), urban boundaries, metropolitan planning areas, Air Quality nonattainment areas, and various thematic maps of interest to transportation planners.
  • FHWA Highway Safety Information System – The FHWA Office of Highway Safety has developed some GIS-based safety analysis tools for crash analysis and bicycle pedestrian planning.
  • FRA Web Mapping Application – The Federal Railroad Administration has developed a GIS web site for viewing FRA geospatial data including rail lines, grade crossings, freight stations, and mileposts.
  • National Consortium for Remote Sensing in Transportation (NCRST) -- The National Consortium on Remote Sensing in Transportation (NCRST) was established in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), in response to legislation in TEA-21, to develop new applications for commercial remote sensing products and spatial information technologies in national transportation infrastructure development and construction. This site provides links to each of the university-led consortia and research projects that were established under this program.

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Other Federal Agencies

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) – The ACHP hosts the Tribal Consultation Mapping Site, a web-based mapping application that allows users to find contact information for tribal, environmental, and historical preservation leaders.
  • Bureau of Land Management  Geosciences and Mapping – This website provides links to GIS programs and geospatial data maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and jointly by the BLM and States where the BLM operates.
  • EPA National Geospatial Program – EPA’s National Geospatial Program coordinates the agency’s geospatial data, applications, policies and programs. This website provides an overview of EPA's National Geospatial Program, and links to GIS applications and geospatial data developed by the agency.
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee – The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. This nationwide data publishing effort is known as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI is a physical, organizational, and virtual network designed to enable the development and sharing of this nation's digital geographic information resources.
  • FEMA Map Service Center – This GIS website enables users to create and download flood maps for a specific area.
  • Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory - This website offers a series of topical maps showing wetlands and deepwater habitats. Geospatial information on the site is used by government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities. Digital maps and data can be viewed and downloaded through several methods.
  • National Park Service (NPS) Geography and Mapping Technologies – This website provides links to GIS programs and geospatial data maintained by the National Park Service.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Cartography and Geospatial Center – The National Cartography and Geospatial Center provides the Natural Resources Conservation Service with technical leadership and expertise in the areas of cartography, aerial photography, remote sensing, imagery, natural resources data, geospatial technology, National Resources Inventory, and Soil Survey.  This site provides links to geospatial data and training developed for the NRCS.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Geography – This website provide links to programs and geospatial data, maintained by the US Census Bureau.
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Geospatial Service and Technology Center – The Geospatial Service and Technology Center (GSTC) is a U.S. Forest Service facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Co-located with the Remote Sensing Applications Center, the two centers provide the Forest Service with a range of geographic information products and related technical and training services.
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program – The National Geospatial Program provides leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production and service activities. This site provides links to several geospatial data and mapping programs managed by the USGS.

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State Agencies

The following websites include statewide geospatial coordination activities, or interactive GIS applications maintained by state DOTs or other state agencies.  State geospatial data portals are listed under geospatial Data Sites.

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Other

  • National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) – This is the official website of NSGIC, an organization comprised of State GIS coordinating councils, working to develop national policies and practices for sharing geospatial data and advancing the use of GIS technology in state and local government agencies.
  • TRB Committee on Geographic Information Science & Applications – This is the official website of the TRB Committee responsible for advancing research in GIS science, technology and applications related to transportation.  The site includes information on committee activities, proposed research and membership.
  • University Consortium for Geographic Information Sciences (UCGIS) – UCGIS is an association of universities and professional associations with a common interest in fostering multidisciplinary research and education in geographic information sciences and promoting the informed and responsible use of GIS  for the benefit of society.
  • Urban and Regional Information Science Association (URISA) --  This is the official web site of URISA, a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.

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Geospatial Data Sites

This subsection provides links to specific sites where geospatial data can be downloaded.

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Federal Data Sites

  • GeoData.gov – This website provides links to most geospatial data maintained by federal agencies, as well as some state agencies
  • Census Bureau Geography – Access to Census TIGER/Line files, and cartographic boundary files maintained by the US Census Bureau 
  • FSGeodata Clearinghouse Geospatial data maintained by the US Forest Service
  • GeoCommunicator – GeoCommunicator is the data download site for the Bureau of Land Management’s National Integrated Land System, and the Public Land Survey System
  • Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory - This website offers a series of topical maps showing wetlands and deepwater habitats. Geospatial information on the site is used by government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities. Digital maps and data can be viewed and downloaded through several methods.

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State Data Sites

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Training Opportunities

This subsection provides links to specific training courses and/or organizations that provide training related to GIS in Transportation.  In addition to the links identified below, many of the state GIS websites include links to GIS training offered within their state.

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Federal Agencies

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Other

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