The North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC), which represents the statewide GIS community, promotes free and easy access to geospatial data. In 2007, the GICC adopted ten recommendations for geospatial data sharing
For a two-page summary of the recommendations and core best practices, click here. For the full report, click here.
Discover NC's Geospatial Data!
Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal. The Geospatial Portal is a one-stop source for North Carolina's geospatial data. Users can also discover data from around the nation.
The Geospatial Portal can be used to download data or to stream data through a web service directly into a user's desktop or web application. Keyword searches and searches by spatial extent make it easy to find content in a user's area-of-interest. The launch of the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal represents a major advancement in supporting data sharing and access.
Preview data in the new viewer called Data Explorer. The Data Explorer is a map-based application that enables users to intuitively search for, discover and view geospatial data. The search results in the Data Explorer are the same ones found in the Geospatial Portal, but you may add map services to the new online map.
Data Use Policy
Geospatial data content and map services provided directly from the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal are free to download and use without restriction. For more information, see here.
Feature Name Changes in North Carolina
The NC Board on Geographic Names (NCBGN) reviews requests and makes recommendations for feature name changes in North Carolina. Features may include streams and other surface waters, places, mountains and other features, but not roads. Upon approval of the SMAC, the NCBGN forwards the recommendations to the US Board on Geographic Names. Upon approval of the USBGN, the federal Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the official names repository for the United States, is updated to reflect the changes.
List of Feature Name Changes handled by NCBGN since its inception.
Database managers are strongly encouraged to update existing geospatial datasets to reflect the approved name changes. For more information about the NCBGN and how to request name changes, see the NCBGN web page.
For tips on finding datasets and resources in North Carolina for regional planning, see issue paper titled Geospatial Data for Regional Planning.
Discover More of North Carolina's GIS Data Resources
State and Federal Government Mapping Services
State and federal government agencies create and manage geospatial data and support applications to enable public access to important information on the environment, economic development, wildlife management, transportation, waste management and more.
Local governments can now join NCStreetMap! This tool is dedicated to the exchange of North Carolina street centerline data. It allows all data stewards and data requestors to access a common data repository to upload and download data, substantially reducing the burden on both local government and state government staff.
Data users can create an account at www.ncstreetmap.net. Once approved, users can upload street centerline data using shape files, zip files or geodatabases. The state's Integrated State Route Network (ISRN), which integrated local and state data from 2007, is available for download for all system users. This layer can be used as a base for geocoding addresses.
The instructions are quick and easy to follow for those uploading or downloading data. A template for data export will be posted on the site, soon.
An optional box lets you tie this data into NC OneMap, giving you greater flexibility in distributing your street centerline data.
Use of NCStreetMap is restricted to City, County, Councils of Government, State, and Federal government employees, Tribal government employees in North Carolina, and NC academic institution staff, faculty and students.