Facilities & Resources
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Enrollment as a MUSA student affords access to all 17 University of Pennsylvania libraries, including the Wharton Lippincott Library, the Biddle Law Library, the Van Pelt Library, the Fisher Fine Arts Library, and Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library; as well as on-line access to Penn's Franklin Library Catalog, EBSCO full-text journals, LexisNexis, the ISI Citation Indexes, JSTOR, and WorldCat.
PennDesign facilities (see more below) include The Architectural Archives, the Architectural Conservation Laboratory, the Arthur Ross Gallery, Career Services, the Morris Arboretum, high-end computer printing and plotting facilities, and the PennDesign Computing Resources Group.
The Penn Institute for Urban Research
The Penn Institute for Urban Research is dedicated to fostering increased understanding of cities and developing new knowledge bases that will be vital in charting the course of local national and international urbanization. By providing an umbrella structure for the urban focused scholarship, research and civic engagement within Penn's twelve schools, the Penn IUR provides the synergy needed to address urban challenges in the 21st century. As a campus-wide institute, Penn IUR sponsors a number of initiatives, stimulates research, provides opportunities for collaborative instruction and engages with the world of practitioners and policymakers.
Cartographic Modeling Laboratory
The Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML) specializes in spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. This website offers related resources, and also showcases the projects the CML has produced.
Our projects feature:
- Mapping and other visual displays of data
- Web-based information systems
- Innovative analysis using administrative data
Using these tools, the CML conducts academic research and urban and social policy analysis with a special focus on Philadelphia.
Wharton GIS Lab
The Wharton GIS Lab advances research using GIS technology through its development and dissemination of geospatial knowledge, as well as through partnerships with the private sector, linking academic researchers with industry leaders and technology end-users to further the development of innovative uses for this leading edge technology.
Other Useful Links
Berkeley/Penn Urban and Environmental Modeler’s Datakit
Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Environmental Systems Research Incorporated (ESRI)
The Geography Network
GeoCommunity GIS Data depot
GIS at Penn State
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
US Census Bureau GIS Gateway
US Census Bureau TIGER Page
US Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS EROS Data Center
USGS National Spatial Data Clearinghouse