Map data geographically


Digital mapping or "GIS" (Geographical Information Software) tools can be used to connect data to geographical information (typical a street address or longitude and latitude coordinates) so that it can be displayed graphically as a map.

Digital mapping can be as simple as using the location metadata attached to pictures taken from an iPhone to create a photo tour of a particular place, and as complex as analyzing geographic distributions of variable combinations using census data.

Getting Started

See for an overview of digital mapping tools. 

Several free digital mapping tools are available to Bryn Mawr faculty, students and staff. The free version of the web-based Google Maps is sufficient for many academic and non-academic mapping projects. Sketch-Up, a plug-in for Google Earth that lets you create location-specific 3-D models, is available in the Digital Media and Collaboration Lab in Carpenter.

For more complex projects, ARCGIS is a free tool available on library lab computers and for download or cloud use at

Most mobile phones and some cameras "geotag" or attach GPS location data to photographs by default. This data also be added manually. See "Geotagged photgraph" ( for details. 


  • Training videos and courses are also available through, including:  
    • GIS on the Web (using web tools like Google Maps, Google Earth, etc.) 
    • Up and Running with ArcGIS (beginner-level) 
    • ArcGIS Essential Training (intermediate-level) 
    • Real-World GIS (application ideas and issues) 
  • Consult your camera or mobile device's documentation to determine whether it has geotagging capabilities and how to turn them on or off.
  • Contact the Help Desk with questions or to request an appointment with an Educational Technology Specialist: or 610-526-7440
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