GISPUBLIC Is Now the University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection

Beginning in fall 2020, the geospatial data network share (\\maps.wustl.edu\gispublic), colloquially referred to as “gispublic,” will change location and organizational structure to become the University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection. This update reflects necessary changes to the underlying technology hosting the collection. The Data Services team has used this opportunity to reorganize and migrate the content previously held on the network share to alternate storage locations.

The general geospatial data has been curated into the University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection saved on the Research Infrastructure Services (RIS) research data storage platform. The instruction-, project- and events-related content has been saved to a read-only location on Box.

University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection

The University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection Research Guide provides a single point of reference for information on accessing the data as a new network share location. This research guide also includes links to reference documents showing the new directory structure of the geospatial data collection and a guide for mapping between old “gispublic” directories and the new directories in the geospatial data collection. 

The biggest change that users will encounter when accessing this network share is that the University Libraries are now requiring ALL USERS to agree to terms of use before access is granted. The process is outlined as follows: 

  1.   Users visit the University Libraries Geospatial Data Request form and agree to the terms and conditions. 
  2.   Data Services staff will confirm access to the network share and provide additional instructions within two business days. 

 Please note that, as with the old “gispublic” network share, access is only available while connected to the WashU network (either on campus or via VPN). 

Instruction-, Project- and Events-Related Content 

Should you need to access content previously saved in the Instruction, Project or Events directories on “gispublic,” this content can be found on Box in the gispublic archive. Note that WashU network or VPN access is not needed to access the Box location. 

Please contact Mollie Webb with any questions.

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