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Geographical Information System (GIS): Home

This guide contains GIS office hours, tutorials, sources and platforms

Sr. Research Data Analyst

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Questions about GIS, spatial analysis, or digital mapping?

Please contact Bahare Sanaie-Movahed, Sr. Research Data Analyst, for further assistance. 


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Northeastern's site license to ArcGIS includes access to the ESRI Virtual Campus.  

Three ways to browse ESRI Data:

Datasets provided with ArcGIS --list by country and type, expandable folders in the left column

List of ESRI datalayers --easy to browse with most recently modified layers listed at the top

ESRI Data and Maps 10 -- an ESRI White Paper, PDF summary list/description

Research Data Services Support & Tools

GIS - Welcome!

Northeastern University Libraries offer resources and services to support student, faculty, and staff with research needs involving GIS.

What is GIS? A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer-based means of storing, analyzing, displaying, and otherwise managing geospatial data - that is, any data that has a plottable or mappable geographic component. More than just a means of creating maps, GIS is a powerful tool for revealing and examining how geographic relationships affect the world around us, and for solving real-world problems where location and proximity come into play. This subject guide contains information on GIS capabilities on campus, where to obtain GIS data, and resources for those who wish to further explore GIS on their own.

GIS in the News

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Policy Map. Coming Soon!

We are so excited to share good news with you! We got access to PolicyMap!

Please follow this link to get access to it: 

This Beta version includes a host of new features designed to provide you with the tools for deeper data analysis and custom work products.

To see these new tools in action, visit our support page.

If you need to download full files, upload your own data, or save your work, just toggle over to the legacy version of PolicyMap by clicking the GO TO POLICYMAP LEGACY link above. The legacy version of PolicyMap will remain live until everything is available within the new site.


Obtain ArcGIS Subscription

To obtain ESRI Products: ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, Arc Pro, ESRI Online Course, Story Map and Business Analyst, please email me at

Please ignore "Subscription Expiring" message, the license will be automatically renewed! 

Simply Analytics

SimplyAnalytics Professional License is currently provided by Northeastern University Library

This mapping application enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, health, crime, and marketing data variables including Mediamark and Simmons Consumer Data. 

You can export data from SimplyAnalytics into GIS programs

Social Explorer

You now have full access to the Social Explorer data and tools:

Access current and historical demographic data through Social Explorer, Create thematic and interactive maps, Create multi-map presentations, Create data reports at all geographic levels