Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND)

The Library’s Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) assists the U-M community with spatial and numeric data in two locations: in the Clark Library in Hatcher South; and at SAND North, in room 3134 of the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus.

Assistance is available by appointment year-round. Drop in hours are available at the Clark Library location during fall and winter terms. See below for drop in hours, for SAND North self-bookable appointment times, or email with a description of your request and some possible times you are able to meet.

Specifically, SAND:

  • Provides patrons with assistance locating, acquiring, and converting numeric and spatial data sets, especially social science data sets
  • Collaborates with the Government Information Center to provide a complete resource for locating census data
  • Supports the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software and identifies campus resources for specialist assistance with analysis
  • Supports data visualization and visualizaiton related software for making graphs, network diagrams, etc.
  • Provides course-integrated and workshop-based instruction on data-related topics
  • Acquires, stores, and provides access to digital spatial data sets on a local server
  • Provides access to a variety of spatial and statistical software, and assistance in data management, manipulation, visualization, and translation

SAND provides access to data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, SimplyMap, Social Explorer, Geolytics, ESRI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, and many other subscription and public sources.

SAND also provides lab spaces with computers and software to help students and researchers work with spatial and numeric data and access data only available from within our labs. Software includes ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, QGIS, R, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), and more.

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Last modified: 09/19/2018