Here is a collection of free to use GIS-Ressources categorized into different topics which  i found on the net.

Data sources

Free useable Shape files


  • GeoCommons   “Open data site. Lot of creative people who publish their data and maps”
  • Natural Earth   “Great Website with a lot of  volunteer managed free available vector and raster shapes”
  • FAO GeoNetwork  “Portal to spatial data and maps from the FAO”
  • Global Land Cover   “Place to look for excellent land cover Satellite images”
  • RTWilsons Linklist  ” Another great site with links to freely available spatial data about many different matters”

Conservation and Environment

  • EEA Data and Maps   “Good starting Site for Maps and Data about European Conservation Areas”
  • Discomap EEA  “Map-Server Portal of the European Environmental Agency”
  • GEM – GLC 2000  “Worldwide land use maps”
  • Global Forest Watch  “Metadata explorer for nice forest maps.”
  • USGS  “US department of the Interior -> Aerial images and spatial data”

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