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Spatial Information Resources

This guide will help you find spatial data (with an emphasis on Geographic Information System (GIS) data), online maps, and static maps, as well as resources for teaching and learning with spatial information.

Specialty Mapping Sites

  • Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). GIS Mapping.
    Locate congregations, view maps of census and religion data, and generate a summary report for your area of interest.
  • Food Access Research Atlas
    Create maps showing food access indicators by census tract using different measures and indicators of supermarket accessibility; view indicators of food access for selected subpopulations; and download census-tract-level data on food access measures.
  • GeoFred(economic data)
    Map economic data such as employment, unemployment, housing vacancy and health insurance coverage at the state, county and metropolitan statistical areas.
  • National Center for Education Statistics Data Tools
    Includes statewide education data profiles, state comparisons, 2010 Census school district profiles, and school district mapping & demographics.

Online Mapping Applications

  • ESRI Story Maps
    A selection of downloadable templates for creating online map applications that integrate interpretative content (photos, captions, links) with interactive map displays.
  • Google Earth
    Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips." Site allows download of free version.
  • National Map
    From USGS, "The Nation's Topographic Map for the 21st Century."
  • OpenStreetMap
    Free interactive mapping to street level.
  • Scribble Maps
    Easily annotated and draw on Google maps, then export images, kml files, embed code, and more.