Announcing the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal

Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project recently launched the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal. The portal allows searching across thousands of records of openly available geospatial data sets and scanned maps and is built with the open source Geoblacklight software. It is ready for you to use for your geospatial research.

Mapping Black Central Europe

Image of a map of Black Central Europe, showing people and things of interest.

The University of Michigan class "Germany and the Black Diaspora," taught by Professor Kira Thurman, worked over the course of the Winter 2016 semester to create a map of Black Central Europe. Each student identified important figures, events or objects to research and create pins for; the pins were then combined into one, larger map. A central theme guided the class: "making the invisible visible."

Need data for your research?

Visualization of data

The Library has a new program designed to help us acquire the best data collections for you! Apply for a Library Data Grant by briefly telling us a little about the commercially-available data you need and how it fits into your research. If your application is chosen, the Library will fund access to the data and make it available for general use by the campus community.

Mapping the Museum Universe

Discovering a new dataset always makes for an exciting time at the Clark Library and provides an excellent opportunity to experiment. We recently learned about the newest version of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Universe Data File. The dataset consists of information describing over 35,000 museums throughout the United States. The dataset describes location, type of museum, rural/urban status and tax information (e.g. revenue, income) where available. There is much...

GIS Day at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

GISday November 19, 2014

Across the world on November 19, 2014 people celebrated GIS Day 2014. GIS stand for Geographic Information Systems. GIS Day is an international event that salutes geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives. The University of Michigan sponsored a variety of activities, including several events on the Ann Arbor campus. The campus and the community had the opportunity to attend Lightning Talks that highlighted ways to utilize GIS, a student poster competition, and an...