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CUNY Mapping Service


The CUNY Mapping Service at CUR engages with foundations, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other CUNY researchers to use spatial information and analysis techniques to develop and execute applied research projects. The project is directed by Steven Romalewski, who joined the Center for Urban Research in January 2006.  Our team includes David Burgoon, Christy Spielman, and graduate students.

We specialize in the development of online applications that provide intuitive access to powerful data sets, displayed visually through interactive maps and in other formats. Recent examples include:

Who Represents Me? NYC: an online service in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of New York City to make it easy to find out all your elected representatives. The project was developed with the support of the NY Community Trust.

NYC Election Atlas, a joint project with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Center for Community and Ethnic Media, providing detailed maps, data, and analysis of the 2013 mayoral elections.

Interactive redistricting maps for the 2010-2013 cycle:

Eligible voter population by NYS Senate and Assembly district, showing the "citizen voting age population" (CVAP) for each district vs. overall population counts. Move your mouse over each district to display total population counts by race/ethnicity along with CVAP estimates.

Eligible voter population by Congressional district in New York, showing the "citizen voting age population" (CVAP) for each district vs. overall population counts. Move your mouse over each district to display total population counts by race/ethnicity along with CVAP estimates.

Welcome to 1940s New York providing interactive access to 100s of photos, color maps, and narratives as a complement to the 1940 Census data now available;

Visualizing Demographic Change: NYC and other major cities

The Census 2010 Hard to Count nationwide mapping site.

The Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS) in New York City.

The Long Island Index interactive map.

Other activities of the Mapping Service include:

  • using spatial information and analysis techniques to develop and execute applied research projects on a grant-funded or fee-for-service basis with government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations;
  • using spatial analysis techniques to assist CUNY, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to undertake strategic planning;
  • furthering the development of the OASIS NYC partnership;
  • consulting with groups in other cities engaged in similarly collaborative web-based projects;
  • enhancing the delivery of other interactive online mapping applications;
  • providing educational services around geographic information systems (GIS) through workshops, seminars, conference presentations, continuing education programs, and in collaboration with other institutions; and
  • participating in computer mapping and data access networks in New York and nationally.

The Mapping Service also helps support CUR's work including the use of spatial analysis techniques to help CUNY's Central Office advance the mission of the university.