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 Graduate Library South on Central Campus; and at SAND North, in room 3134 of the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus.

How to get help:

  • Email with some details about what you're looking for help with and some potential times you can meet - many inquiries can't be resolved via email, but we can get started by email!
  • Sign up for an appointment at the Clark Library (Central Campus) or at SAND North (North Campus) (fall/winter terms only)
  • Attend drop in hours at the Clark Library (see calendar below) fall/winter terms only - this is best for short questions
  • Check out our LibGuides on a number of different topics, including aerial imagery, census and demographic information, and more

Examples of what we do:

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

SAND provides access to data and mapping tools from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, SimplyAnalytics, Social Explorer, Geolytics, PolicyMap, 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: 06/11/2019