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Spatial Data

Spatial data can be used to make maps. Visualizing your data on a map makes it easier for your users to see patterns in your data that may get lost in a tabular format.

Data Guides

Top Resources

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Software Requirements

GIS Tools

Google Earth

Google Earth allows users to import and view their own data, using Google Earth imagery as a backdrop.
Download Google Earth here.


QGIS is a free and opens source GIS software that allows you to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information.
Download QGIS here.


R is a programming language/ system of free software services for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display.
Download R here.

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