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Data Science : Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This guide provides a general overview of research resources in Data Science, which includes online databases, journals, books, websites & other resources, finding tools and news.

Northeastern University GIS tools and resources

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


 ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Story Maps, Business Analyst & Survey 123 
Policy Map
  • Follow the link to access or read more at Policy Map. This Beta version includes a host of new features designed to provide you with the tools for deeper data analysis and custom work products.

  • 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.

Simply Analytics 
  • Follow this link to access Simply Analytics (the link opens in a new window). Professional License is currently provided by Northeastern University Library. This mapping application enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographics, business, health, crime, and marketing data variables including Mediamark and Simmons Consumer Data. You can export data from Simply Analytics into any GIS program.

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. Access the platform via: Social Explorer (the link opens in a new window).


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