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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.

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.

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.

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.

Updated 7/25/17