GIS & Geospatial Data
The library collects data sets from government and commercial sources such as ESRI. The library also has partnerships with local communities to make local GIS data sets available to the Mason community. Users can download individual data layers through the Library Geodata Server.
Please contact Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian (email@example.com) if you need any assistance relating to GIS.
Resources from Data Services
Using GIS Software
Working with Census Data in GIS (YouTube Playlist)
- Part 1: Acquiring Census Data (5:56, video & audio)
- Part 2: Working with Data in Excel (8:38, video & audio)
- Part 3: Converting Data with Access (4:34, video & audio)
- Part 4: Mapping Census Data with ArcGIS (9:50, video & audio)
- Part 5: Presenting Mapped Census Data (5:35, video & audio)
See software help pages for:
How to create a map with online tools:
- Google Fusion Table (pdf)
- Google My Map (pdf)
- Google Maps API v2 (pdf)
- SimplyAnalytics (InfoGuide)
- PolicyMap (InfoGuide)
Getting GIS Data
- Tutorial for American Factfinder (AFF) (via St. Mary).
- Getting Census Data and Shape file from Geolytics (via MIT)
- Collect Twitter Data using Python and Twitter APIs (pdf) (via Mason)
- Ways to select geo-tagged Twitter data based on a chosen boundary box.
- Downloading Base Maps and Image data from USGS National Map Viewer
- See in-depth video tutorials