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Online Maps

Digitized Maps from UT Austin:

See also their extensive list of other map sites.

Google Training & Tutorials

Learn Google Earth

Learn Google Earth provides a number of tutorials for both beginners and more advanced users, allowing for further exploration of some of the main functionality of Google Earth.

Google Earth Outreach

Google Earth Outreach provides additional tutorials on a number of topics including annotating Google Earth, importing GIS data, using Spreadsheet Mapper, using Tour Builder, and more.

Google My Maps

Google My Maps lets you quickly and easily make and share custom maps. This tutorial will help you get started using Google My Maps and covers topics including importing data, styling your map, and more.

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Web-Based GIS/Mapping Tools

ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative web GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. Users get access to ready-to-use maps, ready-to-use apps, and Esri's cloud storage, where you can add items and publish web layers.

ArcGIS Online organizational accounts are available to all OSU faculty, staff, and students. To sign up for an account with your OSU name.#, follow the instructions provided here by CURA: Sign up for ArcGIS Online.

Once you've created your ArcGIS Online organizational account, you'll also be able to sign up to gain access to many other resources available through the Esri Training Catalog. To gain access to these valuable online tutorials, exercises, and other training materials, following the instructions provided here: Training and Resources.

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more. You can explore rich geographic content, save your toured places, and share with others in this free desktop and mobile application. Google Earth Pro provides additional capabilities such as Movie Maker and GIS data import capability and is also available for free download.

Learn more about the features included in each of these two products and download your copy today.

Google My Maps

Google My Maps allows you to create stylish custom maps to share and publish online. You can add lines, shapes, or places on the map, or import data from Google Drive spreadsheets, as well as Excel, CSV, and KML files.

More information about Google Earth and Google My Maps tutorials can be found here.

Scribble Maps basic service is free and allows users to create custom maps, widgets, and images. Custom maps can be saved, shared with friends, or published to a website or blog.

Features of Scribble Maps include:

  • Adding custom images/overlays
  • Adding place text and place markers
  • Drawing shapes
  • Calculating area and distance
  • Creating PDF, KML, GPX, SHP, and DXF files
  • Sharing maps with friends
  • Embedding map widgets on websites

ZeeMaps is an online mapping service that allows you to easily create, publish, and share interactive maps. You can construct dynamic visualizations of geographic information, producing maps from lists of people or places. All maps are stored on the ZeeMaps servers, and can be instantly accessed any time, anywhere, from any standard web browser on a computer or mobile device.

ZeeMaps allows for three-level access control for each map - Viewer, Member, and Admin - a feature that facilitates collaborative, team-based mapping.

ZeeMaps also enables you to get location information from other users, e.g., members of an online discussion forum, students from a class, or researchers from around the world, to create crowd-sourced online maps.

You can learn more about ZeeMaps and create a free basic account here.

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Digital Gazeteers

GeoNames (World Wide Data)

GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans)

SCAR Gazetteer (Antarctica)

U.S. Board on Geographic Names