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A geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. A GIS allows you to map where things are, map quantities, map densities, analyse spatial relationships and visualize data and statistics in ways that reveal interactions and patterns.
A GIS also offers a visualization which can make the data easier to understand, especially if the datasets are very large and we are looking at more than one variable. Listed here are examples of GIS visualizations and storytelling.
Esri publishes story maps with three goals: To showcase interesting and important topics; to explore techniques and best practices for map-based storytelling; and to help enable people to make their own story maps.
SEDAC data and information products and services are designed to help users integrate and apply socioeconomic and Earth science data in their research, educational activities, analysis, and decision making. Here are selected examples of GIS using SEDAC data.
Visualization of historical data in time and space illuminates patterns of movement and transformation in the past. Visualization as a tool to develop new arguments (and new questions) about historical processes and understandings of major historical events.
These resources are available for reuse by teachers and learners worldwide who do not intend to apply for admission, register for classes, or pursue a certificate or degree at Penn State. The resources are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. Browse down to the Department of Geography for GIS offerings.
A collection of case studies using GIS in a wide variety of academic disciplines. The particular projects are meant to illustrate "best practices" in each area. ArcGIS software is needed to use these files.
The WorldMap platform is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information. WorldMap is Open Source software.
Using ArcGIS Online, anyone can easily create high-quality, interactive maps that can be accessed from web browsers, mobile devices, e-mail, popular social media sites, and even text messages. This seminar walks you through the processes of finding and exploring a map in ArcGIS Online, configuring a map to suit your needs, and incorporating your maps into ArcGIS Explorer Online presentations and web applications.