The catalog section of the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas provides several paths to discover, assess, and download geospatial data for the Great Lakes coasts of Wisconsin. Catalog resources include Open Geoportal - a map-based interface to search, preview and download geospatial data; GeoNetwork - an interoperable geospatial metadata catalog; a simple data download table inspired by the open data catalog at the City of Vancouver, BC; and links to a variety of state, regional and national geospatial catalogs.


Coastal Data Access Matrix

The WCA Coastal Data Access Matrix encourages data sharing by providing coastal geospatial data in different formats including Esri shapefiles and Google Earth KML and KMZ files. Click on the green checkmarks to download data. Documentation is available by clicking the name of the data set.
UW Sea Grant

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WCA GeoNetwork

This data search interface for the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas is powered by GeoNetwork, a catalog application to manage spatially referenced data.
UW Sea Grant

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WCA Open Geoportal

This data search interface for the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas (currently under development) is part of The Open Geoportal, a consortium led by Tufts University which provides organizations the opportunity to share thousands of geospatial data layers, maps, metadata, and development resources through a single common interface.
UW Sea Grant

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Coastal Data Access Matrix


Wisconsin Catalogs
Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office and Robinson Map Library
This map-based search interface allows educational users from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to find and download local GIS data for nearly all of Wisconsin's 72 counties from the geospatial archive at the Robinson Map Library.

Find Wisconsin Spatial Data
Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
Status maps for the following high priority data sets: elevation (LiDAR), parcels, wetlands, and orthophotos.

Wisconsin Data Collections
Robinson Map Library
The geospatial archive at the Robinson Map Library dates back to 2006 and includes tax parcels and assessment data, transportation networks, addressing/E911, municipal boundaries, land use, hydrography, and zoning from counties, cities and regional planning commissions.

Wisconsin Catalog of Aerial Photography, Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office

Geospatial Metadata and Data Download, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Catalogs
Open Geoportal, Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, Association of State Floodplain Managers

Great Lakes Geoportal, SharedGeo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Great Lakes Information Network - Data Access, Great Lakes Commission

Data Catalog, Great Lakes Observing System

Metadata Catalog, Great Lakes Observing System

Thredds Catalog, Great Lakes Observing System

Great Lakes Model Inventory, Great Lakes Observing System

Science Base Catalog, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, USGS

Metadata Catalog, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth

National Catalogs
Digital Coast, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Data Registry, Digital Coast, NOAA Coastal Services Center


The National Cadastral Data Infrastructure, GIS Inventory
Query centered on Wisconsin. Counties identified in green on the map provide a web site to view and/or download digital parcel data. Select a county on the map to view this information.

GIS Products, Services, Tools and Portals, NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Geoportal, NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Geoportal, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center

Geoportal, NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center

Data Catalog, Integrated Ocean Observing System

USGS Information for Marine Planners and Resource Managers, USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Data Basin, Conservation Biology Institute (search query on 'Wisconsin')

Geolode, a collaborative catalog of open geodata websites around the world.

Geocatalog Software and Standards
GeoNetwork opensource




Geoportal Server, Environmental Systems Research Institute

CS-W clients for ArcGIS, Environmental Systems Research Institute

OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specifications, Open Geospatial Consortium

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