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Geospatial Data Resources

for SNRE 531

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Data Services

The University Library's Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) provides assistance with spatial data, numeric data, and statistics or the University of Michigan community. SAND offers two labs, Clark Lab - located in the Clark Library on the second floor of Hatcher Graduate Library South, and SAND North - located in the Spatial Analysis Lab (room 2207) of the Art and Architecture Building.

Specifically, SAND:

  • Assists in locating and acquiring digital numeric and spatial data sets, especially social science data sets
  • Collaborates with the Documents Center to provide a complete resource for locating Census data
  • Provides access to a variety of spatial and statistical software, and assistance in data management and translation
  • Assists in using geographic information systems (GIS) software and locating campus resources for more advanced assistance
  • Provides course-related and library instruction on data related topics
  • Acquires, stores, and provides access to digital spatial data sets on a secure server

We provide access to data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Global Insight, Geolytics, ESRI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, and many other sources.

We also provide lab spaces with advanced computers and software to help students and researchers work with spatial and numeric data and access to data only available from within our labs. We are equipped with ArcGIS, ArcView, ERDAS, SAS, SPSS, StatTransfer, Stata, Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver), and more.