The University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has recently compiled and made available a comprehensive collection of Indiana water-related GIS datasets. This new resource, available to those in the Ball State Community via the University Libraries LIBGIS data server, consists of nearly 20 datasets from multiple state and federal organizations and was created to make access to this data faster and easier by Ball State students, faculty, and staff.
Watershed, surface water, and ground water data is created by multiple entities such as the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetland Inventory (NWI) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Each of these departments has its own independent Web site for downloading data, which makes locating data a potentially time-consuming and cumbersome task. By compiling all the data created by these units into a centralized, easy to access location on the LIBGIS data server, users are able to spend more time analyzing and creating maps with the data instead of searching for it on multiple Web sites.
The Indiana Water GIS Collection can be accessed on the LIBGIS server by mapping a network drive to \\LIBGIS\GCMC\data and navigating to the Indiana Water Data folder. Users will also have access to local county GIS datasets and ESRI International data when accessing the LIBGIS data drive. For instructions on mapping a network drive to the LIBGIS server, please see our tutorial entitled “Accessing GIS Data on the University Libraries’ GIS Data Server.”
The University Libraries also offer access to the Indiana Water Quality Atlas, a software application created by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, on all the public access computers in the GRMC. The Indiana Water Quality Atlas is a Web-based interactive mapping application created to provide access to a wide array of GIS data through a common interface for watershed management, land use planning, and water quality analysis purposes.
For more information about available GIS datasets on the LIBGIS server, or about using the Indiana Water Quality Atlas application, contact Angela S. Gibson, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. ◙