• UCLA Mapshare [TBS_BADGE class=”warning”]NEW[/TBS_BADGE]
    The brand new (Fall 2012) Mapshare is in [TBS_BADGE class=”info”]BETA[/TBS_BADGE] mode, and available to students in this class to experiment with.  This mapshare includes the latest data from ESRI’s Data & Maps collection, which includes demographics from the 2010 census.
    The old version of Mapshare still delivers, and provides a good source for geographic boundary files. You must be on a UCLA computer or connected to the UCLA Library via UCLA VPN.  Data is available as zipped file downloads of shapefiles.
  • Simply Map – (You have to use firefox)- Requires a UCLA VPN. You need to sign up for a log-on (but its free!)

Social Explorer

    Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.
  • Tutorial:  How to import data from Social Explorer into ArcMap



Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) developed the ArcGIS software.  ESRI is a great source for census data and geographic boundary files.

Look in the Products/Data section

U.S. Government


San Diego

San Francisco

  • San Francisco Data : A clearinghouse of datasets available from the City & County of San Francisco

Other Universities

Other Free Sites: Software, Data and More

  • RAND California Statistics – Comprehensive database of California statistics. Includes political, demographic, education, crime, environmental and other statistics at several geographic levels. May need to access via Bruin Online Proxy ServerGeo Community– Good resource for peer support, downloadable data and moreMap CruzinGeoBase – Great source for Canadian GIS dataMACON – great free map layers and data for Europe , Latin American and more
  • Policy Map – A wealth of data and sample report (a free trial period is available)
  • CA Lots -A good resource for parcel level investigations in Los Angeles
  • Data Place – A good place to find data and maps (part of knowledgeplex a resource for “housing and community development professionals”)

Interesting Examples of Online Mapping

Online Mapping Tools

  • Land Based Classification Standards – Land Use Classification StandardColors perscribed by theAmerican Planning Association (Direct Link to pdf and excel–two different documents)
  • US Census Bureau Longitudinal Employment Dynamics Online Mapping Tool: Provides detailed maps showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on age, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators.

GIS Tools 

  • Easy Calculate: Set of expressions for ArcGIS calculator that can be loaded in the field calculator to calculate some spatial characteristics of features, edit shapes, add records, and draw graphics

General Reference