Jul 022014

Users can create maps and access to the data (more than 1500 variables) related to demographics, income/spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health,  federally guideline data (such as what areas are considered as “Low/Med” for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) community block group development grant) , and more.

Data is available across a wide range of geographies (address, block groups, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) in addition to school districts, HUD neighborhoods,  and political boundaries.

With the mapping tools, “3-Layers Map” to find places that match two or three criteria of data on ONE map and “Data Loader” to upload own spreadsheet of data to make the location points on a map, users can easily identify or visualize an interesting neighborhood or a target area for public investment or an interesting research area.

Please explore this product through our library databases.  The step-by-step instructions  is available at:  http://gmu.policymap.com/blog/2013/04/policymap-tutorial/

Please be aware of Technical Requirement to use this product: Internet Explorer 9.0 or up, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari.


 Posted by at 4:45 pm
Nov 082013

Location: Center for the Arts
Time: 10:00am -3:30pm, Wednesday

Mason Libraries are joining at the University in celebrating GIS Day.  The libraries will be demonstrating “Online GIS: ArcGIS.com.”

There will be other exciting events including students’ posters and map competition, presentations, panel discussions, and job fairs.

Please see the GIS Day Infoguide for the detailed program on all the activities on campus.

 Posted by at 1:16 pm
Jul 312013

GMU Libraries has recently added a subscription to Landscan Global Population Database.  This resource is available through the libraries databases.   This is a global raster dataset representing ambient population counts at one kilometer resolution.  It allows users to view and download most current :

  • population data including age category by country and by customized area
  • data available in GIS (ESRI Grid format)

See more information on the methodology of the population estimation and FAQ on this resource from here

For usage of this data, ” In a humanitarian setting, relief workers use population distribution maps easily and quickly to determine the locations of potential victims who would otherwise be cut off from communication.” (from EastView)

 Posted by at 2:48 pm
Jun 182013

Conference Date: Oct 31-Nov 1
Location: Annapolis, MD

Topics include the application of geographic concepts, analytical techniques, data & methods and more.

Deadline for abstracts: May 31st
Deadline for manuscripts: June 7th

The selected papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research.

See more at http://applied.geog.kent.edu

 Posted by at 11:03 am