To help understand projections, which are an important piece of a GIS visualization, watch this:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide powerful software tools for the manipulation and analysis of spatial data, making maps into dynamic objects. While services like Google Earth and Google Maps bring GIS capabilities to everyone, there are robust, heavy-hitting applications like ArcGIS and QGIS that include extensive data analysis and visualization tools for researchers across a wide variety of domains. There are many Geographic Information Systems (GIS) available for use. More than can be listed here. Support is offered for all with a focus on those systems listed below.
ESRI ArcGIS software products include ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcGIS Online and Story Maps. The university has a site license for this software. It is available in most Rutgers computing labs and through the Virtual Computer Labs. See the university software portal for information regarding individual and departmental access and licenses. Click HERE for instructions to create your account.
QGIS is a leading and robust open source GIS software. It has a large and active community of support.
Google Maps is a robust GIS best used for navigation and light mapping.
Open Street Map is an open source project to create a free editable map of the world. It is supported by a large and active community.
This guide was originally created by Maeve Pinto and is currently being updated by Sue Oldenburg.
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