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Best Websites: Geographic Information Systems

Mapping Sites

Milwaukee Police Department: Crime Maps & Statistics and COMPASS
Interactive maps of Milwaukee showing crime, housing, education, economic development, substance abuse and other community data. Funded by the United States government.
http://city.milwaukee.gov/Directory/police/Crime-Maps-and-Statistics.htm#.V4zeafkrKM9

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.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/

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.
http://photosynth.net/

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.
http://show.mappingworlds.com/usa/

Updated 7/25/17