Tip Sheets

Mapping health data for local stories: Links to GIS software, data and resources

Compiled by Brian Kaplan, Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
ph. 404-498-0503 | fax 404-498-0089; bkaplan@cdc.gov

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Online GIS Resources and Health-Based Journals


Free GIS Software

Other Software

Online Mapping


There are many. Here are two:

An incredible amount of data and software

Open source information



  • Maps with the News, The Development of American Journalistic Cartography" by Mark Monmonier. University Of Chicago Press (March 1, 1989), 348 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0226534114
  • "How to Lie with Maps, " by Mark Monmonier , H. J. de Blij. (2nd Edition) (Paperback), University Of Chicago Press; Second edition (May 1, 1996), 207 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0226534213
  • "Mapping the News , Case Studies in GIS and Journalism," David Herzog. ESRI Press (July 1, 2003), 164 pages. ISBN: 1-58948-072-4.
  • "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information," Edward R. Tufte. Graphics Press (January 1997).

Online Resources

Selected Geographers or Social Scientists using GIS

Map Library