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University, Local, and State Agencies


University of Illinois Departments and Groups

UIUC Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

UIUC Department of Geology
The program has “strong research programs in Earth Materials (Mineral Science), Sedimentary and Earth Surface Processes, Geobiology, Hydrogeology, Seismology, Geochemistry/Petrology, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Paleoclimate, and Tectonics/Structural Geology.”

UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University Consortium of Geographic Information Science at Illinois (UCGIS)
“The primary goal of the UCGIS is to promote the interdisciplinary use and advancement of GIScience and GIS technologies.”

Cyber Infrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI) at UIUC
CIGI Laboratory “researches and develops cutting-edge cyberinfrastructure to advance geospatial sciences and technologies.”

Data Discovery–UIUC Library
“Services offered include: acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research; locating, downloading and preparing data for secondary analysis; and identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools.”

Champaign-Urbana Area Agencies

Champaign County GIS Consortium (CCGISC)
“A program of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission… to secure the benefits of data collection and analysis at the county-wide scale and to share the cost of implementation, maintenance, and data acquisition.”

GIS Webmap – Champaign County, Illinois
County map application of Champaign County made by the CCGISC.

Champaign County Geospatial Information System
Information on the county engineer, county auditor, parcel and tax information, and parcel maps and aerial photos. (Best viewed in Internet Explorer.)

Champaign County Assessment Office
Provides web access to local property records.

Illinois Agencies

Illinois County GIS Resources
Provides links to GIS resources by county for the state of Illinois.

Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association (ILGISA)
“ILGISA brings together the GIS community of the State of Illinois through biannual conferences and the publication of Illinois GIS Notes.”

Topographic map index for Illinois by the Illinois State Geological Survey
Maps of all Illinois counties available for purchase.

Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
Free downloadable data. Includes historic air photos, digital orthophoto quarter quadrangles (DOQ), digital raster graphics (DRG), and geologic quadrangle data (IGQ).

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Information on parks, environment, and recreation. Includes an alphabetical list of state parks with park site maps.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Information on Public Travel
Includes highway maps, road construction information, and information about obtaining IDOT maps. IDOT also produces General Highway Maps for counties, cities, and townships.

Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) GIS Data
GIS data collected by the INHS, which is part of the Prairie Research Institute at UIUC.

Illinois State Climatologist Office
“A primary source for Illinois climate information and services. The State Climatologist maintains an extensive archive of historical climate data dating back to the mid-1800s.”

Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS)
The mission of the ISGS is “to provide the citizens and institutions of Illinois with earth science research and information that are accurate, objective, and relevant to our State’s environmental quality, economic prosperity, and public safety.”

Illinois State Library Map Collection
“The State Library’s 5 million items include geographical books and journals, gazetteers and atlases, reference books and carto-bibliographies, and more than 190,000 maps and 80,000 aerial photos. Types of mapping include Illinois flood insurance rate maps, wetlands maps, road maps, census tract and block maps, and county taxing district maps. Historical maps for Illinois include the Sanborn fire insurance atlases, 19th and 20th century county atlases and plat maps, and General Land Office plats.” Includes links to redistricting maps.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Maps, photos, and data for the six-county Chicago metropolitan area.

Illinois Geographical Society