​​​​​​Free Simple GIS Projects and Data

SimpleUSA Project & Dataset

SimpleUSA Project & Dataset is a comprehensive data set of US state boundaries, cities, roadways, waterways, and more including a full geocoding and street routing database, available for free download below.  The SimpleUSA project is a free project to use with the Simple GIS Client application.  The dataset is in shapefile format and contains a national Geocode database based upon Tiger data from the US Census Bureau.  It also includes a national street routing database.  Our plan is update this dataset annually.  Note: This is a large dataset (13.5 GB Compressed download) requiring approximately 40.4 GB of free disk space for installation.  You also must have SimpleGISClient installed to use the SimpleUSA project.

Simple GIS Server Admin Plugin

The Simple GIS Server Admin Plugin is a free plugin extension for Simple GIS Client that allows users to administer and publish data to their remote Simple GIS Server instance from within their Simple GIS Client application.  This plugin requires Simple GIS Client Version 12.05 or later and Simple GIS Server version 4.0 or later.  You can read more about this plugin from this link ... Simple GIS Client Plugins.

Free GIS Data

Listed below are links to several websites where you can find free GIS data.  This is by no means an exhaustive list and as you explore, you will likely find that there are quite a few free GIS data sources available off of the internet.  We hope you find these links useful.

Site Description                                                                                                                                          URL

​Over 100 high resolution vector and raster datasets.  One stop shop for

environmental and natural resource geodata.                                                                                       https://gdg.sc.egov.usda.gov/

Source of geodata and WMS services from the USGS as well as GIS maps                                       https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-delivery/

OpenStreetMap Data Extracts.  Free GIS data from the OpenStreetMap contributors.

Useful site for downloading OpenStreetMap data in shapefile format by

geographic region.  Click on the Sub-Region link to get to small enough geographic

regions to download in shapefile format.                                                                                               http://download.geofabrik.de/index.html


Home of Tiger Shape File data and Census data.  Great for spatial analysis of US                          

Census data.                                                                                                                                                 https://www.census.gov/geographies/mapping-files.html


Listed below are Simple GIS Projects and/or plugins that can be freely downloaded and used within our Simple GIS application.