For those searching for spatial data, Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services (GIMMS) at the Herman B Wells Library can help. GIMMS provides access to a wide range of spatial datasets that provide an array of data from around the world. In particular, GIMMS provides access to these exceptional databases: Social Explorer and SimplyAnalytics.
Social Explorer provides access to data maps, profile reports, demographic data, and data elements and variables. The website features interactive tools that allow users to create and share maps, presentations and tables, or compare and analyze data. For those conducting domestic research in the United States, this is an excellent resource. Specifically, this website provides excellent access to World Bank Development Indicators and United States Census data, including American Community Survey estimates.
SimplyAnalytics allows users the ability quickly map data of interest through their easy to use web-based mapping application. The application allows users the opportunity to create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. Data available through SimplyAnalytics is largely comprised of domestic datasets, with a strong focus on data for use in market research.
Both of these unique data sources allow users the opportunity to spatially integrate data in order to answer questions like: “What types of demographic changes have happened in Indianapolis over the last twenty years?” and “Where should a new grocery store be established?”