Find maps and data

Students are welcome to download GIS datasets and maps, and to use our online mapping tool, MapSyracuse, for their independent research and class projects. Use the search tools on the Maps, Data & Profiles page.

Contribute maps and data

Students can help to build the SCG spatial data repository by contributing local GIS datasets and maps. Contributed datasets and maps will be used by community partners and students alike to advance geographic research. Visit the Maps, Data & Profiles page to learn more.

Other GIS Resources

We have compiled a list of websites which host a variety of GIS resources, ranging from free online GIS instruction and software to GIS career databases. Click here to see the list.

Get Involved


Undergraduate students interested in community development, urban planning or social justice are encouraged to apply for the Community Geography Internship Program. Interns support a diverse set of community-based research projects. Students from any university or major are invited to apply, although Geography majors with GIS experience are given preference. Most interns are eligible for course or experience credit and a few paid internships are available. More information is available here. Interested students should complete the inquiry form below.

Inquiry Form


SCG offers several courses open to graduate and undergraduate students. These courses include:

  • GEO 300: Urban Social Justice
  • GEO 300: Countermapping
  • GEO 484/684: Urban GIS
  • GEO 485/685: Community Geography
    Theory and Practice
  • GEO 489/689: Community Geography
  • GEO 600: Participatory Research Methods


SCG projects benefit from the assistance of community and university volunteers. Whether you are a high school or university student, a community activist, or a retiree, you can share your expertise. Skills that are particularly helpful to SCG include GIS, cartography, GPS, Google Maps, photography, journalism, web design, and data analysis. Students interested in fulfilling service learning requirements or internship hours for a course should complete the inquiry form below.

Inquiry Form

Current Student Profiles

  • Nathalie Melo

    Nathalie Melo

    I am a junior double-majoring in Policy Studies & Health Humanities with a minor in Biology. In Fall 2021, I worked with SCG to finalize an eviction dataset for Syracuse. Spring 2022 I hope to use our data to look at patterns among landlords and properties, as well as begin to better understand the relationships […]

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  • Nidaa Aljabbarin

    Nidaa Aljabbarin

    I am a senior majoring in Biology. I am very interested in learning about food access among new Americans, and food access barriers. In 2016, my family and I arrived at the U.S, and we struggled at the beginning to find cultured food, so I really want to help limit the barriers to access cultured […]

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  • Lauren Ashby

    Lauren Ashby

    I am a Masters student in Geography and the Environment and the Graduate Research Assistant in Community Geography for the 2021- 2022 academic year. My own research is situated between the areas of community geography and critical geographies of education as I aim to use participatory methodologies to do work around issues of segregation, space, […]

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  • Julia Asano

    Julia Asano

    I am a senior International Relations and Geography major anticipating to graduate in Fall 2021. After graduation, I hope to continue into graduate school in the field of Urban Planning. I am interested in working in the equity side of planning and preventing development plans from gentrifying existing communities. I also hope to one day […]

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  • Jackson Zimmerman

    Jackson Zimmerman

    I am a junior Geography and Environment, Sustainability, and Policy major with a focus on Environmental Systems and Landscape Dynamics. This fall I am working with SCG to update and maintain local trail maps. Additionally I am working with Professor Timur Hammond as a part of the New York Redistricting project. After graduation, I hope […]

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  • Isabella Brown

    Isabella Brown

    I am a sophomore Policy Studies major. Over the summer, I worked as an intern for Victims’ Intervention Program, a services and counseling center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. There I learned more about how barriers such as a lack of public transportation and low economic opportunity were connected to our rural […]

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  • Angus Armstrong

    Angus Armstrong

    I am a Senior in the InclusiveU Program at Syracuse University. I am working with Syracuse Community Geography this semester because I care about the environment. I am passionate about making sure that the earth is a safe place, preventing future natural disasters, and understanding how old the earth is. My favorite area of study […]

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  • Alexa Neely

    Alexa Neely

    I am a senior Policy Studies and Citizenship & Civic Engagement major with a minor in Food Studies. I am passionate about understanding foodways and learning about barriers to food access. In the Spring of 2021, I conducted my Civic Engagement Research Seminar in Food Access for Refugees and New Americans. In the Fall of […]

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  • Alex McRoberts

    Alex McRoberts

    I am a senior planning to graduate in Fall 2021 and double-majoring in Geography and International Relations, with concentrations in Europe and the International Political Economy. Last spring, I participated in an urban studies program in Copenhagen, Denmark. This summer, I worked with SCG teaching middle schoolers at Northside Learning Center and starting the New […]

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  • Adiba Alam

    Adiba Alam

    I am a senior majoring in International Relations and Citizenship & Civic Engagement. I am interested in food equity and sustainability, community development, and advocacy. During this summer I had the opportunity to begin working on SCG’s New American Foodways project teaching middle school students about food environments and systems. This semester, we are continuing […]

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