The Community College of Philadelphia Library has a trial to PolicyMap, a new online mapping tool, accessible on-campus.
What is PolicyMap?
PolicyMap, an online (no software installation necessary) multi-disciplinary tool, has applications for research, grant-writing, outreach and planning. It is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities, a “GIS tool for non-GIS users.”
PolicyMap’s data indicators are accessible via easy to use menus organized in categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines and analytics. The PolicyMap data team continuously updates the existing data collection as well as identifies and adds new sources on an ongoing basis.
PolicyMap can be used in many different academic disciplines, such as urban studies and planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, and public health, among other areas. Users can leverage thousands of US data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies. PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and pre-built reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites. In addition, students can upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data for use in PolicyMap, and can share these maps with others. Users can also download data from PolicyMap for use in other tools.
Here are some short PolicyMap tutorial videos:
- Brief Demo
- Intro to Basic Maps Page
- PolicyMap in Action, Maps
- PolicyMap in Action, 3-Layer Maps – Workforce Development Example
- PolicyMap in Action, Reports
- PolicyMap Data Loader – Subscribers can self-upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data into PolicyMap using this tool.
- Weekly public PolicyMap overview webinars are scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In PolicyMap, go to “Support”, “Training Calendar” to register for a session.