​​​​Free Simple GIS Projects and Plugins

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Free GIS Data

Calculate Acres Plugin

Plugin as demonstrated in the Customizing Simple GIS Client Tutorial that reports the acreage of selected features as a user clicks on them from the current Simple GIS Client Map Data View document.  Simply download plugin file, save it to a folder of your choice and add this plugin to any Simple GIS Client project you wish.

Join Table To Shapefile Plugin

Plugin that allows you append the fields from any table you've added to your Simple GIS project to your selected shapefile using a common field to join records from your shapefile to the table your are appending.   Instructions for using this plugin can be found here  Using The Join Table to Shapefile Plugin.

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 (6 GB Compressed download) requiring approximately 30 GB of free disk space for installation.  You also must have SimpleGISClient installed to use the SimpleUSA project.

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                                       http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/launch/


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/geo/maps-data/

                                                                                                                                                                       


WMS urls:  Below are several WMS urls available from the USGS.  Simply copy and paste one of the urls below into the Simple GIS Client WMS layer set up dialog box.


http://basemap.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/USGSImageryOnly/MapServer/WMSServer

http://basemap.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/USGSImageryTopo/MapServer/WMSServer

http://basemap.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/USGSTopo/MapServer/WMSServer


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