Open Source Geospatial Compendium

Does your organization have open source geospatial data to share?

U.S. Government Data:

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation: Knowing which hazards could harm the things you care about is the first step in protecting them. This portal can help you understand what climate-related hazards you face, now and in the future.


DIU xView:  xView is one of the largest publicly available datasets of overhead imagery. It contains images from complex scenes around the world, annotated using bounding boxes.


NASA Earth Data: Data Toolkits are designed as entry points to access NASA Earth science data resources organized by topic. They contain links to datasets, tutorials and how-tos, feature articles and Data User Profiles, as well as other useful information.  Toolkits include Biological Diversity, Disasters, Freshwater Availability and Wildfires.


NASA Worldview:  The Worldview tool from NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) provides the capability to interactively browse over 900 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data. Many of the imagery layers are updated daily and are available within three hours of observation - essentially showing the entire Earth as it looks "right now". This supports time-critical application areas such as wildfire management, air quality measurements, and flood monitoring. View current natural hazards and events using the Events tab which reveals a list of natural events, including wildfires, tropical storms, and volcanic eruptions. Animate the imagery over time. Geostationary imagery layers are also now available. These are provided in ten minute increments for the last 30 days. These full disk hemispheric views allow for almost real-time viewing of changes occurring around most of the world. Arctic and Antarctic views of many products are also available for a "full globe" perspective. Browsing on tablet and smartphone devices is generally supported for mobile access to the imagery.


NGA Office of Geomatics: Includes lots of data, services, and apps related to WGS 84, Precise Imagery, Coordinate Systems, Elevation, Geodetic Surveys Data & Apps, Geosciences and GNSS


NGA Public Use unclassified GEOINT products related to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, the Arctic Digital Elevation Model, the Reference Elevation Model Antactica (REMA), and Wildlife Trafficking.


USGS Data, Tools, and Technology: Home base for USGS data, tools and techniques for analyzing data and specialized websites for sharing information and products with the public.


USGS 3D Elevation Program: To respond to growing needs for high-quality elevation data, the goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution topographic elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds.


USGS Global Fiducials Library Data Access Portal: The Global Fiducials Library (GFL) Data Access Portal provides access to the GFL. The GFL is a long-term archive of images from U.S. National Imagery Systems which represents a long-term periodic record for selected scientifically important sites. The GFL was created to be the collection, archive and data management component of the Global Fiducials Program (GFP).


USGS Earth Explorer: User can query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products from USGS.

Commercial Open Data:

Amazon Web Services Registry of Open Data: This registry exists to help discover and share datasets that are available via AWS resources.


Capella Space SAR Open Data Program: SAR data has a vast potential for positive economic, societal and environmental outcomes. Capella’s Open Data Program seeks to democratize SAR data and realize the benefits and opportunities of SAR. With the launch and start of operations of our SAR satellites, Capella collects exquisite, very high-resolution SAR data. Capella makes a portion of its historical archived imagery available through the Open Data Program.


Esri ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World: This is the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your work.


Esri Open Access National Datasets: Solving the nation's increasingly complex challenges requires a diverse community of data-driven experts. GIS and spatial data have proved foundational to analyzing, understanding, and communicating issues that range from epidemics to transportation infrastructure and the expanding climate crisis. U.S. government-developed data are often foundational input to tackling these challenges.

Working with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and federal agencies, Esri is improving access to a core set of dozens of high-priority, high-demand national geospatial data layers included in the National Geospatial Data Asset Portfolio (NGDA).


Google Earth Engine Data Catalog: Earth Engine’s public data archive includes more than forty years of historical imagery and scientific datasets, updated, and expanded daily.


ICEye Example SAR Data: These topics include border security, oil spill monitoring, sea ice monitoring, disaster response, vessel detection, airport monitoring, agriculture, and security.


ICLEI LEARN Tool (Land Emissions And Removals Navigator): This tool combines methods outlined in the ICLEI Greenhouse Gas Protocol with national data sources to derive a first-order approximation of annual greenhouse gas impacts over a given time period.


Kaggle: This tool offers a no-setup, customizable, Jupyter Notebooks environment. Access GPUs at no cost to you and a huge repository of community published data and code. Inside Kaggle, you’ll find all the code and data you need to do your data science work. Use over 50,000 public datasets and 400,000 public notebooks to conquer any analysis in no time.


Maxar Open Data Program: Maxar releases open data for select sudden onset major crisis events.


Maxar Resources: This link provides a set of resources and articles relating to Maxar’s newest research.


Planet Disaster Datasets: Planet is the first private sector data provider to directly support the International Space Charter and other major disasters, making PlanetScope imagery available to the public, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies during select disaster events.


Riverside Research Commercial Innovation Center (CIC): A first-of-its-kind online development and test platform that provides a secure, virtual, open ecosystem for developers and researchers to collectively harness the combined powers of commercial remote sensing, cloud technologies, secure DevOps, and advanced tools and services. This includes: an ecosystem of commercial data providers (CDPs), a network of application developers, common R&D data and COTS/GOTS services (e.g., loading, discovery), common testing data (curated, tagged), robust DevOps environment , hybrid/Cloud agnostic infrastructure, protected intellectual property and data rights.


SpaceNet Challenge Datasets: The SpaceNet Dataset is hosted as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Dataset. It contains ~67,000 square km of very high-resolution imagery, >11M building footprints, and ~20,000 km of road labels to ensure that there is adequate open source data available for geospatial machine learning research.

SpaceNet Challenge Datasets have a combination of very high resolution satellite imagery and high quality corresponding labels for foundational mapping features such as building footprints or road networks.

Data from Non-Profit Organizations:

ImageNet Database:  Large repository of images with associated bounding boxes


Common Objects in Context (COCO) Dataset: Image recognition, segmentation, and captioning dataset


Open Source Geospatial Foundation: OSGeo4W is a binary distribution of a broad set of open source geospatial software for Windows environments (Windows 10 down to XP). OSGeo4W includes  QGIS,  GDAL/OGR,  GRASS as well as many other packages (over 150).


Debian GIS:  The goal of the Debian GIS project is about improving Debian to make it the best distribution for Geographical Information Systems applications and users.

International Data:

European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel Data:


European Plate Observing System (EPOS) Research:


AID: A Benchmark Dataset for Performance Evaluation of Aerial Scene Classification


Japan Ministry of Land: Project PLATEAU is a project led by the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to create open data of 3D city models throughout Japan.

Information on Project PLATEAU in English:


NWPU-RESISC45 Dataset: Publicly available benchmark for Remote Sensing Image Scene Classification (RESISC), created by Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU). This dataset contains 31,500 images, covering 45 scene classes with 700 images in each class.

Data from Academic Organizations:

Land Use Dataset: UC Merced image dataset with 21 classes with 100 images per class. The images were manually extracted from large images from the USGS National Map Urban Area Imagery collection for various urban areas around the country. The pixel resolution of this public domain imagery is 0.3 m.


USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute: This includes information on open source GIS applications and software.


Dartmouth: This includes links to open-source GIS software including: Quantum GIS (QGIS), DIVA-GIS, and Free QGIS Courses from GeoAcademy.


Syracuse University: This includes a GIS glossary of commonly used GIS jargon and links to common open-source GIS software.

Other Sources:

GIS Lounge: Includes links to various open-source GIS software and applications.


GISGeography: This provides a list of 14 open-source GIS software including: QGIS 3, QGIS 2, GRASS GIS, Whitebox GAT, gVSIG, ILWIS, SAGA GIS, GeoDa, Map Window, uDig, OpenJump, FalconView, OrbisGIS, and Diva GIS. Covers the pros and cons of each software.


SeaSketch: SeaSketch puts powerful tools into the hands of ocean planners, stakeholders and the public that were once limited to GIS professionals, enabling participatory marine spatial planning processes that are closely tied to the relevant science and information. SeaSketch is being used around the globe in small agency teams and large community-driven initiatives to make better management decisions every day.


Ubuntu: After adding the UbuntuGIS repository corresponding to their distribution, you can install a number of GIS applications

K-12 Data:

These resource promote geospatial & STEM education at the K-12 level to grow the next generation of GEOINTers.