GIS Data Repository

The ASU GIS Data Repository contains over 32,000 geospatial data files, available to current ASU students, faculty and staff. You must add the repository address as a DRIVE on your computer before you can view or use the data. 

Accessing the ASU GIS Data Repository using Windows:

  • Open Windows Explorer by double-clicking on the My Computer icon, or
  • Right click on the Start menu and choose "computer" from the list on the right side of the pop up menu
  • Do not use a web browser (like IE or Firefox or Chrome)
  • In Windows Explorer, from the Tools menu, choose “Map Network Drive”
  • In the Drive window, choose an available letter -  S  is a common choice
  • Copy and paste this address into the Folder window:   \\\gisshare1$\spatial_data
  • Make sure the "Reconnect at logon" box is checked
  • Click on the “Connect using a different user name" option. In the new window that opens, type your ASU ID and password. For example, the standard ASU ID is something like 'asuad\jdoe3'.
  • If you are having trouble connecting, try changing your password. To do that, go to

Accessing the ASU GIS Data Repository from a Mac:

  • Open Finder
  • Use Command K to open the Connect to Server dialog box
  • Enter this server address in the box:cifs://$/spatial_data
  • Click the connect button
  • In the next dialog box, enter your ASURITE ID and password, and click the registered user option
  • You should now see the GIS data folders in the repository

If you are working from off campus (e.g., from home):

NOTE: you must uninstall the older VPN software first. The older version was called CheckPoint Secure Remote. The SSLVPN will not work until the CheckPoint software has been removed.

  • Download Cisco SSLVPN VPN software: UTO .
  • Be sure to read and follow the instructions on this page
  • Use the Control Panel, Add and Remove Software screen to locate the CheckPoint Secure Remote software and uninstall it
  • After confirming the CheckPoint SecuRemote VPN software is not installed (or after you have uninstalled it), you can install the ASU SSLVPN
  • Go to (you will have to enter your ASURITE ID and password to get in)
  • Once the web page loads the software should start to download automatically
  • You may be required to reboot your computer to complete the SSLVPN installation
  • Once the SSLVPN has been installed you will find it on your PC by clicking "start' then 'Programs' then 'Cisco'
  • Note that the SSLVPN does not start automatically when your computer starts, you have to open it and login
  • You will need to use your ASURITE ID and password just as you did with the old CheckPoint Secure Remote software
  • Once connected via the SSLVPN, you can connect to ASU resources just as if you were on campus
  • Finally, if your connection is still not working please call 965-6500 and report the problem to UTO.

The ASU GIS Data Repository contains a diversity of data for Arizona, including:

  • Administrative Boundaries such as city, county, school district, legislative districts, etc.
  • Generalized Census data for ethnicity, education, age, and income
  • Cultural features such as parks, hospitals, airports and more
  • Elevation data – both 10M and 30M elevation for the state
  • Historic Landuse for Maricopa County – generalized
  • Hydrology including drainage, lakes, watershed boundaries and more
  • Aerial photography – DOQQs and Kenney Aerials
  • Indices for Township/Range/Section, 24K, 150K and 250K USGS quads
  • Digital Raster Graphics (scanned topo maps)
  • Transportation including geocodable roads
  • Current and historic Parcel Data for Maricopa and other Arizona Counties

For more information or help, please contact Mary Whelan .