The Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL)'s Metadata Explorer is a mechanism for distributing spatial (GIS) data throughout the state of Florida. The FGDL is warehoused and maintained at the University of Florida's GeoPlan Center, a GIS Research & Teaching Facility.

FGDL began in 1998 with 80 GIS layers. Today, there are over 400 current and historic GIS layers in the FGDL, from over 35 local, state, federal, and private agencies. FGDL includes data on Land Use/ Land Cover, Hydrography, Soils, Transportation, Boundaries, Environmental Quality, Conservation, Census, and more. FGDL contains primarily vector GIS data layers.

Data is available for download free of charge from the FGDL METADATA EXPLORER or our FTP site. New data layers are continuously added to the FGDL Metadata Explorer.

For imagery and raster data, such as DOQQs and DRGs, please see LABINS.

The FGDL has been compiled from data collected from numerous state and federal governmental agencies, as well as some nonprofit organizations and private companies. Currently, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is the lead agency contributing to the maintanence of FGDL. We also acknowledge the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for its contributions to the earlier versions of FGDL.

The FGDL supports the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) through the following activities:

  • Maintenance of Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) compliant metadata for all data layers distributed.
  • Maintenance of the FGDL Metadata Explorer, a GIS Catalog Portal, from which data can be shared, accessed, and searched by other portals and individuals free of charge.
  • Participation in the Geospatial One Stop (GOS)/ geodata.dov, with FGDL metadata records regularly harvested by GOS.
  • Participation as a Clearinghouse Node in the FGDC's Clearinghouse Registry.

The Florida Geographic Data Library is a collection of Geospatial Data compiled by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center with support from the Florida Department of Transportation. GIS data available in FGDL is collected from various state, federal, and other agencies ("data sources") who are data stewards, producers, or publishers. The data available in FGDL may not be the most current version of the data offered by the data source. University of Florida GeoPlan Center makes no guarantees about the currentness of the data and suggests that data users check with the data source to see if more recent versions of the data exist.

Furthermore, the GIS data available in the FGDL are provided "as is". The University of Florida GeoPlan Center makes no warranties, guaranties or representations as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the data provided by the data sources. The University of Florida GeoPlan Center makes no representations or warranties about the quality or suitability of the materials, either expressly or implied, including but not limited to any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. The University of Florida GeoPlan Center shall not be liable for any damages suffered as a result of using, modifying, contributing or distributing the materials.

FGDL regularly updates as many of its data layers as we have time for, but with over 350 data layers, it is difficult to update every single data layer as the updated data becomes available. If you find an updated version of a data layer in FGDL, please contact us and we will try to get the layer into the FGDL. Thank you!