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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 is regularly updated.

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Hard copy topographic maps

To search the holding of the Map Collection use the library catalogue limiting to titles in the Map Collection.
Hardcopy material from the collection can be requested and viewed at the Special Collections Reading Room, Baillieu Library.


Requests for duplication or copying services should be discussed with Map Collection staff.



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 resource material?

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