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Guide for Geography and Geographic Information Systems including available programs and GIS data. See the Maps and Aerial Photos guide for additional mapping resources.
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2013
General Resources for Social Sciences
Often data has address inforamtion but needs to be geofreferenced or geocoded. This means that you need to add spatial coordinates to a data base to use it in GIS programs. Below are a couple of sites that allow you to do this.
A relatively simple program to generate your own maps and exporting the map and/or its data tables for future reference. Includes incredibly short and simple tutorials. Requires registration (FREE!) and connecting through UIC library site or UIC log in.
- 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.
ACCC allows you to take online courses in using ArcGIS, ESRI's mapping program as found on ACCC lab computers. You can learn how to do basic mapping from these courses.
- GRASS GIS
Commonly referred to as GRASS, this is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.
- Quantum GIS
Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows
- Saga GIS
SAGA - short hand for "System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses" - is a free, hybrid, cross-platform GIS software.