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Finding and Using GIS Data

The AGS Library's Guide to Finding GIS data and working with it for your specific project needs


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About: A platform for data visualization and interaction. Create maps, reports, and charts to geographically express trends in population, economy, health, and other topics. There is extensive U.S. Census data to view, but there are many other data sources, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the World Bank, as well as censuses from United Kingdom and Canada.

Data Available: Not only can you download data, you can also export a map you created as an image. Additionally, you can upload an Excel spreadsheet file (.csv format only) and geocode locations onto a map. It is also possible to download geocoded data into either shapefile or GeoJSON format.

Topics Include: Population, Housing, Income, Poverty, Religion, Health, Land Coverage, Elections, Crime, Employment, Education

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Still Stuck?

If you are having trouble finding the data you are looking for, the AGS Library may be able to help.

  • Use the buttons below to view our Geospatial Data homepage, request data from our collection, or e-mail us with questions.
  • You can make an appointment for an in-person or virtual consultation, just e-mail
  • We are located in the Golda Meir Library at UWM on the 3rd floor of the East Wing. Phone: (414) 229-6282.
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