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Geographic Information Systems: A guide to learning and using GIS at Temple University


ESRI Online Bibliography: indexing journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports from the origins of GIS to the present, "the GIS Bibliography contains references to a significant portion of GIS literature," currently 44,875 entries (01/09/07).

GIS Master Bibliography Project:
"The primary goal of the GIS Master Bibliography Project is to provide an infrastructure component that will increase the efficiency of both technical and applcations-oriented workers in the area of geographic information systems. A secondary goal is to provide a database from which a comprehensive picture of the current state of development in GIS can be established, and from which measurements of the rate of development can be established."

Portals to GIS Resources

ArcGIS Online: "provides maps and data for ArcGIS users and the capability to find and share geographic information." a variety of information and resources for getting started with GIS technology, managed by ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), the company which provides the GIS software at Temple University.

The GIS Lounge: general information and links to GIS technology, software, data, and related resources.

Best of the Web: Geographic Information Systems

Map Projections

Decision Support System for Map Projections of Small Scale Data: an interactive Web interface for determining an appropriate map projection.

A Gallery of Map Projections

Bibliography of Map Projections, , 2nd ed. Edited by John P. Snyder: almost 3,000 article citations from the scientific and professional literature.

Flex Projector: a freeware, cross-platform application for creating custom world map projections, intended as a tool for practicing mapmakers and students of cartography. Developed by Bernhard Jenny, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich, with assistance from Tom Patterson, US National Park Service.


Ancient World Mapping Center (AWMC): "promotes cartography, historical geography and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach activities."

ArcGIS Online: "ArcGIS Online provides a series of 2D map services and 3D globe services that can be used to support your GIS work. These ready-to-use services can be accessed with any ArcGIS application—for example, with ArcGIS Explorer, ArcMap, ArcGlobe, or ArcReader..." from the webpage.

David Rumsey Map Collection: "the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 14,800 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history." : contains more than 5900 high definition outline maps, each one proposed in 6 graphic formats (GIF, PDF, CDR, SVG, AI, WMF)

Broer Map Library: "a large collection of government, commercial and other produced maps and atlases from the past three centuries. The library endeavers to provide its collection of maps and atlases online in order to allow libraries and researchers who would not otherwise have access to such a large collection, have them available."

Images of Early Maps on the Web: "the only comprehensive listing of its kind, comprising over 1,200 annotated links - updated at least every two months".

Map Collections from Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Images from the Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress "created from maps and atlases and, in general, ... restricted to items...not covered by copyright protection.

Outline Maps: outline maps which may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: online map collection from the University of Texas at Austin.

Physical Atlas of Europe: "Geography relief of Europe maps,  clickable mountains and rivers maps, countries, towns and European Union maps, Europe cities pictures and landscapes images"

SimplyAnalytics: a web-based mapping application with a user-friendly interface that permits users to quickly and easily create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing variables. Maps can be exported as high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software; data can be selected, sorted, and compared across multiple locations to build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet. Available data include:

The National Map: source for topographical maps

Google Maps Mania

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Subject Specialist

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Gregory McKinney
Paley Library
Room: 221
1210 W. Polett Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-4581
Fax: 215-204-5201

The Map Room

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