OurMaps A Spatial Justice Toolkit for Grassroots Organizing


Public Participation GIS is an electronic forum on the participatory use of geo-spatial information systems and technologies. Their online platform serves as a global avenue for discussing issues, sharing experiences and good practices...


A Practical Guide to Geospatial Mapping is an open-source book focused on using Saga, R, and Google Earth to create maps. It's a lengthy tutorial for people ready to dive into the more technical side of geospatial mapping.

A Practical Guide to Geostatistical Mapping coding, education

DIT offers free labs a lectures focused on database management systems as a component of GIS. This is a good resource for those who have a good understanding of GIS and want to produce more data-rich maps. DIT prioritizes the use of open-source...

Dublin Institute of Technology data collection, data organization, education

A set of 3 toolkits developed by the Center for Urban Pedagogy in NYC: Affordable Housing, Zoning, and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (last two are in progress). All 3 relate to specific NYC policies. Affordable Housing toolkit includes a...

Envisioning Development Toolkits advocacy, analog, community organizing, policy

Geospatial Revolution is a project aimed at expanding public knowledge about the history, applications, and the potential future of location-based technologies. They offer four 15 minute videos introducing mapping technology.

Geospatial Revolution education

GIS Basics is a training module by Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) designed for those wanting to understand what GIS is, how it works, and what you can do with it.

GIS Basics education

The GIS Lounge provides resources for anyone looking to learn more about GIS courses, maps, data, and news. This site is useful for all GIS skill levels.

GIS Lounge blog, education

GIS Tutor is a website that provides tutorials for beginner, intermediate, and advanced GIS users. The tutorials are divided into three categories: application, programming, and theoretical.

GIS Tutor education

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GIS Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for cartographers, geographers, and GIS users. It’s an open forum that hopes to build a library of detailed answers to every question about geographic information systems.

GIS Stack Exchange

GIS Wiki is a German website that has an extensive listing of a variety of GIS resources. The wiki's content features tutorials, databases, software, and more. It has useful information for GIS users of all proficiencies.

GIS Wiki

An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a free tutorial from Harvard. It features a three-part movie on GIS accompanied by hands-on exercises.

Introduction to GIS

This free class by Tufts University focuses on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment. Students will learn to use GIS and how to frame spatial questions for research and...

Introduction to GIS for Urban and Environmental Analysis

KDMC offers tutorials on a few different GIS platforms. The tutorials primarily focus on using GIS for journalism, but they're general enough to be useful to anyone.

KDMC Tutorials

The Dublin Institute of Technology offers free labs a lectures focused on database management systems as a component of GIS. This is a good resource for those who have a good understanding of GIS and want to produce more data-rich maps. DIT...

Managing Spacial Databases Course

A toolkit for physical mapping (ie, using paper) by stakeholder groups created by university research groups in Belgium in collaboration with arts and digital media centers. Mapping materials including a mapping icon set are available for...

MAP-it Mapping training, Organizations

A resource manual for organizations who wish to engage youth in community planning and to introduce them to the planning profession. The PDF document includes guides for organizing workshops and for helping youth create guide books + case studies...

Mapped! A Youth Community Mapping Toolkit for Vancouver community organizing, education, research, university, youth

Extensive introduction to philosophical and practical aspects of mapping in relation to policy change directed at advocacy organizations. Starts with a great section of case studies, followed by a how-to section (“Tools and Technology”) and a...

Maps for Advocacy: An Introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques advocacy, analog, mobile, NGO, policy, research

The Noise Mapping Toolkit was developed to collect and map noise data. It includes an introduction to noise measurement, a list of materials and suggested sources, instructions for using noise meters (as well as instructions for collecting noise...

Noise Mapping Toolkit advocacy, community organizing, noise research

OpenPlans builds open source civic infrastructure. They collaborate with the public sector to create technology for more efficient, responsive, and inclusive government. Their tools address difficult transportation and planning problems — from...

Open Plans civic, infrastructure, standards, transparency