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Geospatial Tools and Data Sets

Software Resources

Two tools to consider (both are free to download/install)

1. Google My Maps / Google Earth Pro -- A relatively simple, user-friendly option for adding maps/media to your documents and presentations

Google's official Google My Maps tutorial page

Google's official Google Earth Pro tutorial page (Google Earth Pro is a light-weight client that can be easily installed to your own machine and is linked to your Google account

Example using Google My Maps / Google Earth Pro

An example using Google My Maps to show the 2007 Budapest Pride march

The example continued in Google Earth Pro (links to screen shot)

A tutorial related to the example above that includes how to create a "fly-thru" video

2. QGIS -- A full function Geographical Information System (open source)

The training material site (QGIS can be installed to your own machine or accessed on campus computers)

A very good set of short tutorials by Ujaval Gandhi is here

Example using QGIS

A simple example map showing asylum seekers in January 2016

A tutorial that shows how to complete the example above

Example from the Spring Skills 2017 Session

The full tutorial from the session (Hungarians in the U.S. Census)

Campus locations where QGIS can be accessed:

  • The Literacy Lab in the Library: Nador street 15, Room 402
  • The Blue Lab: Oktober 6th street 7, 4th floor, room 441
  • The Green Lab: Oktober 6th street 12, 1st floor, room 112
  • The Orange Lab: Monument Building basement

Data Sets

Geospatial datasets can put your research into a highly informative context.  Whether you are researching migration, economics, history or gender, the underlying spatial context for your research will often be worth including in your thesis, dissertation or presentation.

These days, there is a wealth of information available.  If you would like assistance in reviewing the suitability and retrievability of a data set, please contact the Geospatial Services librarian.

Some data sets

Expansive Options

EUROSTAT: A wide ranging data portal for European information (national and sub-national scale data)

OECD: A wide ranging data portal for national scale data for the entire world.

IMF: Access to Macroeconomic and Financial data 

Copernicus: The collection of European monitoring systems -- satellite, ground-based, air and sea -- that provide multiple contextual perspectives, including environmental, social, economic and health

Natural Earth:  A great source for global scale geospatial files (cultural, physical and imagery) -- note the "Quick Start Kit" as a data set download option -- these files can immediately provide a background/context visualization for your research topic

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center:  A NASA data portal hosted by Columbia University with wide ranging maps and data sets supporting the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data

OpenStreetMap:  An option for providing a colloquial context for your research topic

Specialized Options

NOAA’s Significant Earthquake database: Highly customizable data download interface produces files that include latitude and longitude [for immediate mapping]

USGS EarthExplorer: A huge collection of remote sensing data for that could serve as a relevant backdrop for research in economics, sociology, public policy, international relations, legal studies, anthropology, etc., and obviously environmental science

Refugees, Asylum and Migration

EUROSTAT's Asylum and Managed Migration statistics

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