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Online Mapping Tools

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

Welcome

Penn Libraries provides access to easy-to-use tools for creating maps from data, without GIS experience.

   Primarily demographic and historical U.S. census data; also provides access to other U.S. and international data sets. 
   Public policy, housing, and a plethora of other data sets for the U.S. 
  Marketing data and projections for the U.S.

These resources are free to Penn users; to get the benefit of the Penn subscription, they should be accessed through the library homepage or Penn research guides. This guide will show you how to choose the tool that is right for you and to make maps with simple exercises that demonstrate their powerful features.

Which to Use?

  Social Explorer PolicyMap SimplyMap
Emphasis Demography and historical census data Policy  Marketing data and projections
Census/American Community Survey 1790-2015 2000-2015 2000-2015
Other Data US Election, Religion, Crime,& Health Data;  World Development Indicators, Canadian Census, European Statistics, UK Census, Ireland Religion Housing, lending, health, workforce NielsenPRIZM, sales, including projections 
Export Formats Image, Powerpoint, Excel, CSV PDF, PNG, CSV PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF, Shapefile
Geographies For Census/American Community Survey: Census geographies. For other data, varies by data set.  Varies by data set.  Census, zip code, congressional district.