Geographic Information Systems

Data Links Mapping Sites Moon/Mars GIS Downloads

Data Links

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Mapping Sites

  • Compass
    An interactive map of Milwaukee showing crime and other community data. Funded by the United States government.

  • Library of Congress American Memory Map Collections
    Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories: general maps, cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, cultural landscapes, military battles and campaigns and transportation and communication.

  • Photosynth
    Software developed by Microsoft that takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space. Features include viewing images from any angle, zooming in and out, search capability for finding similar images and the ability to send image views to other people.

  • ShowUSA
    Show/USA is a free Web site that generates cartograms that give various states prominence based on thematic characteristics rather than geography or physical size. For example, Show/USA uses graphics to grow and shrink state sizes to represent the states with the most immigrants, greatest oil reserves, or highest cheese production. A helpful classroom tool for illustrating concepts and demonstrating uses of data.

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Moon/Mars GIS Downloads

  • Google Mars
    Similar to the Google Moon project, this web site lets you view a variety of topographical Martian features and has links to information about specific landforms like mountains and valleys.

  • Google Moon
    An extension of Google Maps and Google Earth (courtesy of NASA imagery) that allows users to surf the Moon's surface and check out the exact spots that the Apollo astronauts made their landings.

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