An Introduction to GIS
I just finished working with ArcGIS for the first time. This software is super powerful, and very fun to experiment with. If you zoom in on the map embedded above, you’ll see that I used data on early American colleges and plotted it against a map of U.S. Education spending by county in 2018. ArcGIS is full of responsive and intuitive tools to represent map data in interesting and meaningful ways. In my map, I chose to color college locations by the year the college was founded, darker being later. There were definitely some challenges to using this software, as it is geared toward pretty powerful projects, but I found myself getting along with it pretty easily. This software has so much potential for research, as it is a very simple yet effective way to show correlation. Very cool program!