Image Description: A satellite image of a city at night.
Geospatial data involves objects, events, and phenomena that have a location on Earth's surface. Therefore, the data have locational aspects tied to them, such as coordinates, addresses, city, and/or ZIP code. These data can exist at a variety of scales, from geospatial data of your neighborhood, for the state of Pennsylvania, and even for the entire globe. They can represent a static point in time, or several points in time. Some examples include:
While this page is meant to be a general introduction to geospatial data, did you know we have an entire LibGuide dedicated to geospatial data? Created by liaison librarian Jessica Benner, this guide provides information on finding and using geospatial data for research. Check it out here: https://guides.library.cmu.edu/spatialdata.