Answered By: Kristen Koob
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017     Views: 137

ArcGIS 10.2.1 is installed on all workstations in both the HKS IT Computer Lab and HKS Library.

ArcGIS Online accounts are available to all Harvard affiliates. Register with the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA).

The Harvard Map Collection makes geospatial holdings available via the Harvard Geospatial Library (HGL). A digital cartography specialist is available for instruction and assistance with GIS and computer mapping applications by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Scott Walker via e-mail.

The Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) provides software, data, assistance, workshops, and other resources of interest to the GIS community. CGA assistance is provided for free at their help desk sessions and in the first four hours of one-on-one consultations.

Access to these three easy-to-use tools is provided by the Harvard Library (note: all are US-only data):

  • Policy Map is a fully web-based Geographic Information System for the U.S. It captures data through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and analytics. PolicyMap's GIS mapping services can incorporate your own data and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available. Available data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates.
  • SimplyMap is a web-based mapping tool for the U.S. that incorporates market research data from Experian Simmons Local, business demographic data from Dun & Bradstreet, as well as demographic data including income, age, race and educational attainment. Use your HKS email address to create an account.
  • Social Explorer presents historical census data for the U.S. through the use of interactive maps and reports. It currently provides access to data from 1940 to 2010 at census tract, county, state and national level. Use your HKS email address to create an account.

Lynda.com (log in with your Harvard Key and PIN) provides a number of tutorials for ArcGIS software.

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