Additional Resources

GIS tutorials and training resources

Esri Virtual Campus   Self-paced online courses covering a variety of topics related to GIS science, GIS technology, and GIS applications. Check the list of available courses and email us with your selection to recieve authorization. Stanford affiliates only (valid SUnet ID required).

Esri Tutorials  A collection of various ArcGIS tutorials used to perform a number of common tasks in ArcGIS.

QGIS Tutorials  QGIS is a popular open-source GIS with advanced capabilities. This is a series of tutorials and tips that show you how to use it to tackle common GIS problems.

Spatial Analysis Tip Sheet (Tufts)  Basics of Spatial Joins, Overlay Analysis, and Zonal Analysis in ArcGIS.

The Map Academy (CartoDB) Learn to create maps on the web and visualize geospatial data

GIS Tutorials for atmospheric Sciences

Cartography and data visualization resources

SGC Cartography Workshop page

GIS Visualization A set set of online resources for helping GIS analysts create meaningful, impactful visualizations with their spatial data and research.  This is a collection of useful tools, tutorials, apps, and documents for spatial data visualizations, especially scientific data.

Shaded Relief Ideas and Techniques about Relief Presentation on Maps. The goal of this site is to assist cartographers with the presentation of shaded relief, 3D panoramas, and related raster art on maps.

Cartographic Standard and Practice in Academic Journals (UW) Recommendations for a set of cartographic design principles for academic journals.

Positioning Names On Maps (Imhof)  Guidelines concerning the positioning of letters and labels in a map with regard to the function of the label or map features.

Seaborn is a Python visualization library based on matplotlib. It provides a high-level interface for drawing attractive statistical graphics.

Type knockouts in Illustrator 

Web apps

MapShaper A tool for topologically aware shape simplification. Reads and writes Shapefile, GeoJSON and TopoJSON formats.

RAWGraphs The missing link between spreadsheets and vector graphics. Raw is an open web app to create custom vector-based visualizations. Raw allows users to export visualizations in vector (SVG) or raster (PNG) format and embed them in your web page.

IndieMapper  IndieMapper helps you make static, thematic maps from geographic data by bringing the best of traditional cartographic design to internet map-making.

Projection Wizard The interactive Projection Wizard helps cartographers select a map projection that is optimized for the geographical area and the map format.

ColorBrewer  ColorBrewer is an online tool designed to help people select good color schemes for maps and other graphics.

TypeBrewer A Map Design Help Tool for Selecting Typography TypeBrewer is a free help tool that gives non-specialist mapmakers a chance to explore typography in a semi-structured environment.

OldMapsOnline The OldMapsOnline portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. 

Fieldpapers  Field Papers is a tool to help you create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world that can then be quickly and easily reincorporated back into a digital, geospatial format. Field mapping without a GPS!

HistoryPin Historypin is a digital, user-generated archive of historical photos, videos, audio recordings and personal recollections, collected in a Google map interface.

NYC Space/Time Directory The New York Public Library is planning a major civic initiative aimed at turning historical maps and other geographic sources into a digital time-travel service for New York City.

MapKnitterMapKnitter by Public Lab | Turn images into maps

Overpass Turbo is a web-based data filtering tool for OpenStreetMap.


US Cencus Geocoder Census geocoder provides interactive & programmatic (REST) access to users interested in matching addresses to geographic locations and entities containing those addresses.

Field Data Collection

DNR GPS Built to transfer data between Garmin handheld GPS receivers and GIS software.

GPS Babel Converts waypoints, tracks, and routes between popular GPS receivers such as Garmin or Magellan and mapping programs like Google Earth or Basecamp.

Field Papers

Trimble GNSS Planning Tool (Note: must have Microsoft Silverlight installed to view this page properly.)

Trimble GPS Almanac GPS/GLONASS almanac in Trimble Planning file format

Avenza Maps Mobile map application that enables you to download maps for offline use on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

Collector for ArcGIS Use your smartphone or tablet to collect and update information in the field, whether connected or disconnected.