RESOURCES

Links and resources assembled from around the web to get you off and running.
Know of a great resource or link not here? Let us know!


DATA Back to top

The DUSP Community has access to numerous spatial and GIS data resources. We also encourage students to make their own data available to the community. Here are some of the resources.

DUSP GIS Data Drive

The DUSP GIS Data Drive (aka The 'M' Drive, or Data Fort) is a DUSP departmental drive for data storage. GIS Data on this drive is exclusive to members of the DUSP community, and we encourage students to make their own data available to the community by putting it on The 'M' Drive.

MIT GEOWEB AND GIS LAB

The MIT GEOWEB is an open geospatial data repository that catalogs and grants access to a large amount of easily downloadable spatial data.

The GIS Lab and Libraries maintain a repository page with numerous links to data sites.

OPEN DATA REPOSITORIES


SOFTWARE Back to top

Download links and installation information for popular software.

GIS SOFTWARE

DUSP recommends and provides support for two major GIS platforms, Esri ArcGIS and QGIS. Contact Mike with questions on which might be most appropriate for your project.

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Windows and Mac Versions Free and Open Source GIS Software
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Installation Instructions

3D Modeling and Point Cloud Processing

DESIGN SOFTWARE

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Suite of leading graphic design software. Includes Photoshop and Illustrator, among many others.
  • Inkscape: Free and Open Source vector graphics software.
  • GIMP: Free and Open Source raster manipulation software.

DATA ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

  • Fineo: Online tool for creating Sankey flow diagrams
  • Gephi: Interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
  • Network Workbench: A Large-Scale Network Analysis, Modeling and Visualization Toolkit for Biomedical, Social Science and Physics Research
  • Visone: Analyze and visualize network data in an integrated fashion
  • Density Atlas: Resource for comparing urban densities around the world
  • RStudio: Open Source Statistical Software
  • Processing: Open Source Visualization Coding Language
  • D3: Data-Driven Documents - an Open Source JavaScript Library for Data Visualization
  • Leaflet: Open Source JavaScript Library for Interactive Maps
  • OpenLayers: Open Source JavaScript Library for Interactive Maps

DESIGN Back to top

COLOR

Need color advice? The following are resources to get you started on color selection in your projects.

FONT AND TYPOGRAPHY

Stuck on fonts and typography? Here are some go tos to inspire you, along with some nice resources and helpful links.


DUSPVIZ FONT FAVORITES


Calibri

Franklin Gothic

Gill Sans

Helvetica

Open Sans

Optima

Arial

Arial Black

Lucida Grande

Segoe UI

Century Gothic

Candara

Cambria

Baskerville

Big Caslon

Garamond

Goudy Old Style

Didot

FONT RESOURCES

Need font advice? The following are resources and links to help you.


CODING AND DEVELOPMENT Back to top

LEARN TO CODE

Educational and learning oriented sites that aim to teach basics and principles of web programming.

LANGUAGE REFERENCES AND DOCUMENTATION

Language reference guides and documentation for oft used languages help explain what options are available.

  • Python: Documentation and reference for Python
  • Javascript: Reference and documentation on vanilla Javascript from Mozilla
  • CSS: Documentation, syntax, and reference for CSS
  • HTML5: Ongoing documentation for HTML
  • PHP: PHP Documentation and Syntax
  • C++: Tutorials and documentation

TEXT EDITORS AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTS

Common text editors and IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) to assist in coding. These programs offer many benefits when coding, such as code assist, autocomplete, and library integration.

  • Sublime Text: (Windows, Mac, or Linux) Popular coding IDE that is free to download and use.
  • Brackets: (Windows, Mac, or Linux) A newer, free open source code editor.
  • Notepad++: (Windows) Free text editor for Windows.
  • TextWrangler: (Mac) Free text editor for Mac.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver: Adobe product for website construction. Requires purchase or license.

DEVELOPMENT PLAYGROUNDS

  • JSFiddle: Javascript coding playground.
  • Bootply: Bootstrap coding playground.

CODE SHARING/COLLABORATION

Sharing code and grabbing examples from current projects is a great way to learn.

  • GitHub: Online site for collaborative and community coding and development

GIS RESOURCES AND TOOLS Back to top

GEOCODING

Geocoding is the processing and plotting of address data, and is one of the more common GIS tasks in Urban Planning. Here are some some sites and geocoding resources.

ONLINE UTILITIES

WEB MAPPING