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Accessing GIS Data on AFS

Instructions | Example of Data Available

A collection of basemap GIS data are available to Stanford-affiliates with a valid SUnet ID.


You can access these data from anywhere on campus by connecting to the following AFS directory: \afs\ir\group\gis.

Users may connect to the directory using a secure FTP program such as SecureFX, or users can mount this directory directly through Stanford OpenAFS.

Instructions for mounting the GIS Data directory as a drive on your system are:

  1. Install PC-AFS
  2. Open 'PC-AFS Client Configuration' from your Windows Control Panel.
  3. On the 'Drive Letters' tab, click 'Add'.
  4. Choose an unused drive letter and enter '\afs\ir\group\gis' for the 'AFS Path'
  5. Click OK twice
  6. Open ArcCatalog and hit the 'Connect to Folder' button and navigate to the newly mounted drive letter.

  7. Now you may use ArcCatalog to search this drive and preview GIS data.
  8. To reduce network congestion and ease the load on the server, we ask that you copy data layers to your local machine, rather than adding the files directly to your map.


Example of Data Available
  • ESRI Sample Data - Global and national (boundaries, streets, hydro, etc...)
  • International data at a global scale or organized by continent (DEMs, natural and man-made features, imagery, map projection zones and time zones)
  • USA data - natural, man-made, and political data, plus data from the USGS
  • Oceans (bathymetry and shoreline data)
  • Stanford basemap data
  • PDF copies of all the ESRI software manuals


Last modified: July 26, 2006

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