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I personally found this site (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog485/node/152) to be extremely useful. Not trying to copy @iant, its just a specific course I found helpful. It emphasizes the python language as it pertains to mapping. Additionally a lot of powerful and rapid data analysis can be performed using it in combination with GIS softwares. I hope ...


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Have a look at this repository, it's a list with all the online resources to learn CartoDB, a open-source geospatial platform. From their Map Academy and tutorials to related programming languages such as SQL, CartoCSS or Javascript. The repo is in Spanish, but all the links are in English.


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Try out ArcGIS Online, there is an Oakland County Administrative user who has published a number of datasets for visualization. http://www.arcgis.com/home/search.html?q=owner:OCAGOAdmin Clicking the open button will bring up an option of viewing with ArcGIS For Desktop if that is your preference.


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I recommend reaching out to local Government agencies to request data. You may be able to find someone willing to supply data for teaching purposes. As a GIS Specialist for a County Government, I know that we typically sell data to local contractors and consultants (for a low cost) but will share data with teaching institutions for free. We always require a ...


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Google has always been my best friend. Obviously you have to be careful with sources but anything from .gov, .mil, or .edu is usually reputable. The HIFLD OPEN dataset is open to the public but that is a federal level dataset. If you are looking for data in Michigan just start here: http://gis.michigan.opendata.arcgis.com/ https://www.oakgov.com/it/gis/...



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