What is Geospatial Mapping?
Geospatial mapping, also known as a geographical information system (GIS), incorporates software, hardware, data, and data collecting processes to manage, capture, analyze, display, and contextualize forms of geographically referenced information. It also helps researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds initiate academic projects that answer profound questions about geographical relationships, patterns, and trends.
The geospatial process requires:
Recognize whether the data is Time Series Data
Cross-sectional: collected at the same point of time for several individuals
* Adapted from Nicole Schultz's guide to Geospatial Data at the University of Michigan.
The Nature of Geographic Information: An Open Geospatial Textbook from Pennsylvania State University
The format of a reference will depend on the type of map you use for your academic project. The following is a list of the most common map reference elements.
Citation styles will most likely include these elements but will differ in order.
*Modeled after the Cartographic (Maps) Citation Guide by the University of Melbourne.
If you are assigned a multimedia/new media project for your class or are interested in learning digital tools and methods schedule a consultation with the Digital Initiatives Librarian on the Digital Initiatives home page.