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Online Mapping Tools

This guide presents the main features of PolicyMap, Social Explorer and Simply Analytics web mapping tools, how to start using it and some application examples.

Getting Started

Temple University Libraries provide access to easy-to-use mapping tools and associated databases. This guide shows the main aspects of 3 tools available to faculty, students, and staff throughout the library. 


Online Mapping Tools Comparison

  PolicyMap Social Explorer Simply Analytics

Social, economic, health.


Business, marketing, demographics.
Data Topics Housing, Income and Spending, Lending, Quality of Life, Economy, Education, Health. Crime, Health, Elections, Opportunity Zones, Environmental Summaries, Business Patterns, World Development Indicators, European Statistics, UK Census, Canadian Census. U.S Business and Points-of-Interest, PRIZM Segmentation, Consumer Buying Power, Retail Market Power, Financial CLOUT.
Census/ACS Years 2000 to 2022 1790 to 2021 2000 to 2021
International Data No Yes No
Data Export Formats CSV, PDF, PNG. PNG, Annotations (GeoJSON, KML). Excel, CSV, DBF, PNG, JPEG, PDF, Shapefile.
Visualization Options Maps, charts, tables, reports. Maps, charts, tables. Maps, charts, heatmaps.
Data Upload Yes (csv points, geocoding) Yes (csv points, geocoding) Yes (csv, FIPS codes)
Other Features Multi Layer Maps, Preset Reports, Curated Collections Storytelling, Compare View (side by side, swipe), demographic profiles, Geodata download. Comparison tables, quick reports, ranking, business table, ring study table, location query.
Share Options Link, Email, Embed, Social Network Link, Embed, Email No

GIS Specialist

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Felipe Valdez
Charles Library
Subjects: GIS & Mapping