Map resources


Resources for GIS maps and Census data


GIS desktop mapping software

Esri – ArcGIS for Desktop


QGIS – free and open source


QGIS plugins repository


Base maps and data

U.S. Census geography


U.S. Census TIGER shapefiles


IRE 2010 U.S. Census data


Census Reporter


American Community Survey geospatial data


Esri Open Data


ArcGIS Online


National Historical GIS (1700-2014)


Center for International Earth Science Information Network Archive of Census related GIS products and other resources


State GIS data links from University of Arkansas


The National Map


Meeting other mapping experts (a.k.a nerd bonding)


National States Geographic Information Council


Esri User Groups