Geospatial Data Resources

Metadata Assistance

Creating metadata for the geospatial data you create as part of your own research is an important, though often overlooked part of good data practice. There are several resources available to assist you in getting it done!

SAL Repository

SAL is licenced by a number of spatial data owners to hold a selection of spatial data sets for use in non-commercial teaching and research activities. Use of each dataset is governed by the terms dictated by the data owners and requires that potential users register their projects with SAL and complete a Data Access Agreement (DAA) before being granted access to spatial data from the repository.

The Geospatial Data Repository is a key part of the SAL Spatial Data Management Framework and aligns with the relevant Delegations and Research Data Management Policies. More information on the organisational policies that guide SAL procedures can be found on the Legal Environments page.

There are several search tools available on for the Repository. The collection is not yet entirely catalogued, so if you do not see what you need place a request and we may still be able to assist you.

Location-based Search AppsThemed Pages
Elevation Data
Geoscience Australia Landsat Imagery Collection Search
Historical Aerial Photography Collection Search
Themed pages provide you with a description of some potentially useful broad coverage datasets that are available:
Coastal App
The Coastal App presents a selection of NSW datasets available for coastal research and teaching from the SAL data repository. Click into the map and explore the data!
Elevation Data: for Australia and the world
Vegetation Data: for Australia and regions of NSW
Water Resources Data: For Australia

The Map Collection

The map collection consists of published maps and aerial photographs and has been collated over the history of the Schools that came before SEALS.

The Map Collection is accessible to staff and research students via the catalog and loans and returns are self-managed using the online form.

Access to the aerial photo collection is available by registering your research with SAL and talking with one of the SAL Technical Staff.