- 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.
- UCLA Mapshare [TBS_BADGE]OLD[/TBS_BADGE]
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 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
ESRI : http://www.esri.com/
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
- Look under data portals
- Look especially under their Census-TIGER free downloads
- ESRI GIS community site Geography Network, peer support, forums, data downloads, etc.
- ESRI ArcUser Magazine. Sign up for a FREE subscription! (in PDF version–save some trees)
- The National Atlas – “the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web” – data includes agriculture, environment, people, biology, geology, transportation, boundaries, history, water, climate and reference maps. You can access their Map viewer or go directly to Download layers.Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) – The Geospatial Data Clearinghouse – provides access to almost any GIS data held by government agencies at all levels.U.S. Census Bureau– A source for census data attribute filesAmerican Fact Finder– Includes census dataCensus Cartographic Boundaries– Official Census site boundaries including shapefiles and ArcInfo export filesUS Census Tiger Data metadata– Metadata for census boundaries, including those from esriTiger/Line 2007 shapefiles– Census and other boundary filesUSGS EROS– Aerial photographs, maps, DEMs, and satellite images
- California Spatial Information Library (CaSil):
- Collection of GIS datasets for CaliforniaCalifornia Shape File (for clipping or background)LA County GIS Network (For data in LA County)
- San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG):
- Collection of ESRI shapefiles for San Diego County,CaliforniaSANGIS: GIS datasets for the City and County of San Diego
- San Francisco Data : A clearinghouse of datasets available from the City & County of San Francisco
- CIESIN– Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (Columbia University)CSUN– The Internet Library of the Department of Geography ( California State University Northridge)Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies – Guide to mostly on-line and mostly free U.S. geospatial and attribute data (University of Arkansas)Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis – Rutgers University
- Geographer’s Craft,Colorado U. – all sorts of resources, tutorials, datasets, etc
- IGS Statewide Database– Data sourse for California– Redistricting, Tax accessor, and 1990/2000 census data (University of California Berkeley)
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
- Kids Count DC – created by a former UCLA intern!
- NYC Graffitti– Mapping of grafitti sites in New YorkLA Times (Mapping LA) – Mapping of grafitti sites in New YorkNYC 311 Calls– Mapping of 311 calls in New York
- UCLA Interactive Map – Interactive map of UCLA campus
- City of Boston Enterprise GIS – Mapping of Boston
- City of San Francisco Enterprise GIS– Mapping of San Francisco
- Bike Map – Mapping bike routes
- Walk Score– Mapping the walkability of a neighborhood
- Bike Score – (Just being developed) Same as design as Walk Score
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.http://lehdmap3.did.census.gov/themap3/
- 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 graphicshttp://www.ian-ko.com/free/free_arcgis.htm
- Field calculator tipsAbout coordinate systems and map projections:http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/index.cfm?tocVisable=0&ID=192&TopicName=About%20coordinate%20systems%20and%20map%20projections&pid=18