Data & Statistics for Journalists: Spatial Data

Books on GIS

What is Spatial Data?

Spatial (or geospatial) data is suitable for use in GIS mapping software (like ArcGIS or Google Earth) and can come in a variety of formats: vector, raster, or data tables.

Spatial Data Resources & Tutorials

Need help using ArcGIS or another program?

Want books on GIS?

Here's a list of new books at Columbia Libraries on using GIS.

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Where to Find Spatial Data

Looking for NYC spatial data?

In addition to the GeoData portal listed below, there are some tools to work with NYC spatial data without downloading a dataset and manipulating it with GIS. Here are a few examples:

GeoData: Find Spatial Data at Columbia

Find spatial data using Columbia University Libraries' GeoData Portal (beta)!