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Online Mapping Tools

How to create maps quickly and easily using Social Explorer, SimplyMap, or PolicyMap.

Using PolicyMap

Access PolicyMap via Penn Libraries

Access PolicyMap through the Penn Libraries website by clicking on the "Connect to resource" link located in the "Online" box on the  right side of your screen.

You will then be asked to enter your PennKey and password.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PolicyMap Quick Start Guide (PDF)

An overview of searching for specific addresses, locations or census tracts, finding and adding data to your map, using the identify tool to see the data behind the map, and using the features loaded into the legend.  The video below provides a visual walkthrough of what's in the PDF.

Using the PolicyMap Spreadsheet Data Loader

An overview of loading additional data into PolicyMap as well as which data formats the program supports.  The video below provides a visual walkthrough of what's in the PDF.

PolicyMap Practice

Exercise: Mapping Homeownership in Philadelphia by Zip Code

An overview of/guide to how to use the "3-Layer Map" feature in PolicyMap to represent the intersection of multiple demographic variables in a particular location (in this case Philadelphia, Pa). 

How to Cite

Chicago

Report:

PolicyMap. Title of report. permalink URL (date accessed).

Example:

PolicyMap. HMDA Report of County:Philadelphia. http://upenn.policymap.com/report_generate?type=d&area=predefined&pid=548016 (accessed Jul 27 13:58:03 EST 2010).

Map:

Title of map, dates. PolicyMap, permalink URL (based on data from <identify data source>; date accessed).

Total number of aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 people in 2009. PolicyMap,upenn.policymap.com (based on data from Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports; accessed Jul 27 17:16:03 EST 2010).

MLA

Report:

PolicyMap. Title of report. permalink URL (date accessed).

Example:
PolicyMap. HMDA Report of County:Philadelphia. http://upenn.policymap.com/report_generate?type=d&area=predefined&pid=548016 (accessed Jul 27 13:58:03 EST 2010).

Map:

Title of map, dates. PolicyMap, permalink URL (based on data from <identify data source>; date accessed).

Total number of aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 people in 2009. PolicyMap,  upenn.policymap.com (based on data from Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports; accessed Jul 27 17:16:03 EST 2010).

Creating an account

You can now create a personal account on PolicyMap to save your work.

  1. Click the "Create an Account" button.
  2. Using any email, set up an account.
  3. Activate your account.

This account allows you to save maps and datasets onto PolicyMap's server for either public, private, or collaborative use.

Be warned: This feature is relatively new and saving maps can be difficult. Any shared map cannot contain data that is not available for public use.