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Geospatial (GIS), Spatial Data and Map Resources

Geospatial map resources and data sources

Map guide introduction

Locating spatial data can be difficult. Please don’t hesitate to contact Map Collection staff for assistance if you are having difficulty finding something in particular. This guide is not intended to cover all resources available, but rather list the most commonly requested and updated regularly.

Other guides and resources are available from the Map Collection Homepage 

Map Collection social media  

Any queries can be emailed to Library staff or Book a Research Consultation

Collection updates

Update on the Eastern Resource Centre (1 March 2021)

Over the past three years, concept design work and site preparation to develop a world-class student precinct has been in progress in the south east corner of the Parkville campus – the New Student Precinct project. 2020 marked the beginning of the next and more intensive phase of this project. 

From 28 June 2020 until end September 2021 Eastern Resource Centre will be inaccessible to all staff and students due to redevelopment as part of the New Student Precinct project. To request items please contact the Map Collection staff.

Essential resources for students during this period will be located in other libraries on Parkville campus. All other ERC resources will be located in off-site storage and accessible via online request form to all staff and students.  

For further information on the NSP project, please see the new student precinct webpage



Additional UniMelb related services

Some historical maps in the Library Map Collection
This is not an exhaustive list and these maps are not online, but are hardcopy only located for use in the Map Collection.  For further assistance contact the Map Collection

     Australia and states

Australian specialist spatial resources

Australian specialist spatial resources

International sources of GIS data

Open StreetMap data downloads

OpenStreetMap data download locations

Specialised data collections

Sites providing online access to specialised subject data

Remote sensing earth observation

Free satellite imagery data sources

Map Libraries, Blogs & Societies

Map Blogs

Cartographic Societies and Groups


GIS Spatial Software (inc. ArcGIS)

ArcGIS logoUniMelb Installation

For PC users UniMelb students can get ESRI ArcGIS for remote installation on personal devices from  Click on ArcGIS in the app list and follow the instructions.

Alternatively, use the online UniApps version from any computer operating system. Remember to save your work out of MyUniApps as it deletes everything on logging out.

ArcGIS Training and Tutorials

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A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System

Some examples of FOSS web mapping APIs for building browser-based apps with HTML and JavaScript.

Web mapping APIs created by commercial software companies have become very popular. In this context, "proprietary" means that the API's source code cannot be downloaded and/or is not permitted to be modified and/or cannot be deployed without paying a royalty.

Spatial software support

Cartographic referencing and citation

Need help with referencing and citing cartographic material? Visit our Cartographic Citation Guide below:

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