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Public Participatory Mapping

Resources to assist in creating community-based or citizen mapping. While it goes under several names, it is the capacity for a group of persons who are not associated with a school or government agency to create their own set of spatial information.

Other guides @ UIC

Two other Research Guides available through the Research & Subject Guides are Maps and Geography and GIS. They can help you with background and other data sources for geographic questions.

Open source software and web sites

GIS and KML data sources

In using Google Earth and Maps you can use KML files to personalize the map. You do this with KML files and there are a number of them available on line. In addition you can use GIS shapefiles (which are created and used by ArcGIS programs) and convert them to KML using converter programs so you can have a more readily usable source.