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GIS and Data Instructional Technologist

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Dani Brown

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db101@wellesley.edu


Office Location: Clapp Library

GIS Tools for Digital Humanities

ESRI StoryMaps

Part of the ArcGIS Online suite that allows you to build an interactive multimedia narrative with embedded web-maps.

Availability: To the Wellesley College community with a special login  contact db101@wellesley.edu to get an account ID (login here once you receive your ID)

TimeMapper

Online tool that allows users to create interactive map-based timelines.

Availability: Free (signup for an account here)

Neatline

Online Omeka plugin that allows users to tell stories with map and timelines.

Availability: Free (signup for an account here)

StoryMapJS

Free tool that lets you tell stories with maps and "gigapixel" images (not just maps!). Also compatible with Mapbox custom map styles.

Availability: Free (signup for an account here). Must have access to server space to host images for "gigapixel" option.

For help with GIS, Maps, and Geospatial Data

If you have any questions concerning:

  • which GIS software to use for your projects
  • where to find geospatial data
  • how to improve your digital cartography skills
  • anything GIS, maps, and data related

 

Please contact the GIS and Data Instructional Technologist or schedule an appointment to meet with her in person.

This guide will always be a work in progress. GIS software and data sources are constantly evolving, updating, and being replaced by newer versions, so please feel free to contact the GIS and Data Instructional Technologist if any of the links below are broken or outdated. This guide will be updated regularly to reflect new GIS resources and updates.

Desktop GIS Software

QGIS

Open source application for creating, editing, visualizing, and analyzing geospatial data.

Availability: Free (download here). Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

ArcMap

An application for creating, editing, and analyzing geospatial data and maps. It is the main part of the larger ArcGIS suite of programs for GIS data.

Availability: on select machines around campus. Windows ONLY.

ArcGIS Pro

An application designed for creating, editing, and analyzing geospatial data and maps. It is the desktop component of ArcGIS Online.

Availability: To the Wellesley College community with a special license through ArcGIS Online  contact db101@wellesley.edu to request ArcPro access. Windows ONLY

GeoDa

Free open source software designed for geospatial data analysis.

Availability: Free (download here). Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

GRASS GIS

Free open source software for geospatial data management and anaylsis, image processing, and data visualization.

Availability: Free (download here). Mac OSX, Windows, Linux

Online GIS Software

ArcGIS Online

Cloud-based software suite designed for analyzing geospatial data, creating static and interactive maps, and accessing digital data.

Availability: To the Wellesley College community with a special login  contact db101@wellesley.edu to get an account ID (login here once you receive your ID)

Mapbox

Open source mapping platform for creating custom web-maps.

Availability: Free accounts available online (signup for an account here)

Google My Maps

Google tool for creating simple online maps.

Availability: Free accounts available online (signup for an account here)

BatchGeo

Free web-based tool for creating simple maps from geospatial data contained within a spreadsheet, such as lists of addresses, coordinates, or location names.

Availability: Free accounts available online (signup for an account here)