GIS Resources

 

GIS Resources

  • GIS Data  Provides a variety of GIS data sites that are more categorized by subject (e.g., Crime) or by region (e.g., Chicago). It is suggested to first try the links under the “National and International Data” heading before going to more specific sites.
  • GIS Research and Tech

    Research and technical consultations are available free of charge to faculty, graduate students, and research centers exclusively affiliated with the University of Chicago's Social Science Division.

    Research and technical consultations are available for a fee to all other faculty, graduate students and research centers NOT exclusively affiliated with the University of Chicago's Social Science Division.

  • GIS Software

    All software that is listed on their website is available free of charge to faculty and research centers exclusively affiliated with the Social Science Division at the University of Chicago. Graduate students exclusively affiliated with the Social Science Division can purchase GIS licenses at the cost of $250.00 annually.

    All other students, staff, faculty, and research centers not exclusively affiliated with the Social Science Division at the University of Chicago can purchase licenses for an annual fee of $500.00.

  • GIS Collaborative

    The Information and Computing Core's GIS Collaborative provides numerous resources for Population Research Center (PRC) associates and affiliates to successfully incorporate spatial components into their research including: access to GIS software, hardware, and data resources; training through introductory and advanced workshops for both faculty and their research assistants; and expert research consultation from the Center’s GIS Specialist, Chieko Maene.

    Requests for GIS Support

    The GIS Specialist is available three days a week to support the external funding applications and research projects of PRC research associates. This assistance is available only to projects with which PRC faculty associates are directly involved, with priority given to requests supporting grant applications or grant-funded projects administered through the Center.

    Tasks supported by the GIS Specialist include:

    • Proposal preparation (e.g. assistance with the technical, methodological, or approach sections)
    • Preliminary spatial/GIS data collection, cleaning, and analysis
    • Geocoding and georeferencing
    • Map creation
    • Troubleshooting GIS data questions
    • One-on-one training