Quasi-Con Workshop

Welcome to my workshop “Free Geographic Information Systems: Hacking Google Maps and More!” Below is a list of links we will be looking at in class today. I’ve dumped them on this page so they will be easy to use! Also, here is a link to my slides in case you want to refer back to them at any time!

Here is a link to the slides.

Fun Online Things


David Rumsey
Map Rank: http://rumsey.mapranksearch.com/

Also: http://www.maphistory.info/ – former Map Librarian, British Library, London

Housing/ Walking

PadMapper.com http://www.padmapper.com/
Walk Score. http://www.walkscore.com/



For small-scale map making…

For heavier geocoding…
Google Geocode API –
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/geocoding/ (only 2500
requests per day for free use)
Bing/MS – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff701734.aspx
Geocommons geocoder – https://github.com/geocommons/geocoder (it’s
based on the TIGER/Line federal data which isn’t that great but has no
usage limits)

Google Maps

You will need a google account for this.

Ann Arbor Data Catalog


“3D Detroit” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O2PyFZO2zs

“Building in downtown Kalamazoo Michigan in 3D on Google Earth” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiJD4CmXq8k

Other GIS

ArcExplorer http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/index.html
Quantum GIS – Open Source GIS platform – http://www.qgis.org/
Open Street Map – http://www.openstreetmap.org/
Geocommons – online map making application – http://geocommons.com/
Grass http://grass.fbk.eu/

Evaluating Open Source GIS for Libraries

More Fun Online Things

Mapping the 2010 Census

Strange Maps