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PolicyMap Trial

September 20th, 2013 by

UCD has a trial for PolicyMap for the campus that will run from now until November 30, 2013.

Access it directly here:

PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications for college students and faculty. It is used in undergraduate and graduate curriculums and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. In the academic environment, PolicyMap enables students to concentrate on their subject matter rather than having to spend time learning a GIS tool.

PolicyMap is web-based and geared toward users who may not be GIS experts but want to be able to analyze large amounts of data quickly and produce maps, tables, charts and reports with a minimal learning curve for the application itself.

Honoring 9/11

September 9th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

American Airlines Flight 11 – North Tower, World Trade Center, 8:46 am

United Airlines Flight 175 – South Tower, World Trade Center, 9:03 am

American Airlines Flight 77 – Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 9:37 am

United Airlines Flight 93 – Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 10:03 am

To honor victims of 9/11,  maps showing Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania are on display in the Map Collection. Featured maps this week include:

— street maps

— color relief maps

— satellite views.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.

Themes for Map-of-the-Day

September 3rd, 2013 by Dawn Collings

The Map Collection room uses the Map-of-the-Day to showcase the variety and breadth our collection.  The map changes from day to day and usually sticks to one theme each week.

This summer, the Map-of-the-Day has centered around states along the Atlantic Coast.

This week we are featuring Florida and Georgia, including:

—Lighthouses of Florida (with lovely photographs)

—Topographic map of Florida (showing ocean and gulf bathymetry)

—Illustrated travel map of Florida during the 1950s (pre-DisneyWorld and Universal Studios)

—Population changes in Georgia

—Colonial Georgia

Next Week:  Honoring 9/11