The SLO DataFinder began as a joint project of Cal Poly's Kennedy Library and the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department with the purpose of facilitating access and information to GIS datasets. This Web-based interface was developed to allow users to search for and download the County's GIS datasets located on Cal Poly's GIS server.
The database was launched on GIS Day 2001. The City of San Luis Obispo joined the project soon after, and their datasets and metadata have been added to the SLO DataFinder.
With the proven success of this resource, additional contributors have supplied new datasets and the SLO DataFinder continues to be a dynamic collection of geospatial data and metadata that meets the teaching and research needs of faculty and students, as well as the general public.
All of the datasets provided are intended for non-commercial, educational use and are provided "as is," with no guarantees or acceptance of liability. There may be restricted access to some GIS datasets when the database becomes a repository for other departments and agencies.
We are grateful to Lily Wai from the University of Idaho Library for allowing us to utilize the concept and structure of her project, Inside Idaho.
Partial funding of this project came from the Cal Poly Plan proposal "Anytime, Anywhere Access to Datasets."