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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): New York & Local GIS Data

This guide describes how the UB Community can obtain ArcGIS Softwareand access free tutorial course offerings. Sources for GIS data are included in this guide.
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2022 10:59 AM

Frequently Requested Data

Commonly Requested Data for Buffalo

Building Footprints

Buffalo & Erie County 
United States



  • Public Schools (2018-2019, Open Data Buffalo)
  • Pre-K Programs  (Open Data Buffalo)
    • Please note: As of September 2021, it appears Open Data Buffalo no longer makes the shapefile dataset for this available.


Parks and Green Spaces



Western New York

Erie County

  • Erie County Internet Mapping System (ECIMS). Designed to provide access to the most popular layers of digital maps in the Erie County's Geographic Information System (GIS). Through this interactive system, users can create and print their own maps, and locate information, on a variety of subjects. Property parcels, roads, parks, schools districts, and environmental data are examples of the types of maps included in the Internet Mapping System.
  • Office of Geographic Information Services

Niagara County

Local Cities and Towns

Regions Outside Erie and Niagara Counties

  • Community GIS. Villages and towns in the Southern Tier (Chatauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany Counties) GIS sites. Includes villages and towns of: Allegany, Busti, Cattaraugus, Cuba, Delevan, East Randolph, Ellicott, Franklinville, Gowanda, Hume, Limestone, New Albion, Perrysburg, Portville, Randolph, South Dayton, and Wellsville.
  • Monroe County GIS. Monroe County, including Rochester. Also has pdfs of main towns in the county. Other thematic maps include agriculture, fire, emergency, flood, land use, soils, population, etc.

New York State

Southern Ontario (Canada)

Ontario (Canada)

Great Lakes