Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trial of PolicyMap Online GIS Software - Through Nov. 30

The University Library is currently running a trial of PolicyMap, an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications. Faculty, students and staff at the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses can access the trial at:


The trial runs until November 30, 2017

Please send comments about this product to cmorse@umich.edu

PolicyMap is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities.  With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level.  It is used in the social sciences, urban studies and regional planning, real estate and housing analysis,  community and economic development, public administration and policy, public health, political science, education, environmental studies, business and finance, economics, statistics and geography, among other areas.
Included in the tool is access to PolicyMap’s extensive data collection, with 15,000+ indicators used to understand communities, organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis. In addition, students and faculty can easily upload and incorporate their data into and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Orbis Bank Focus Data Available in WRDS

The Orbis Bank Focus data set is available now through the WRDS interface. 

Orbis Bank Focus is a new database of banks worldwide. The information is sourced by Bureau van Dijk from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources.

Orbis Bank Focus currently contains detailed information on 42,000 institutions with financials (30,000 US [Banks & Credit Unions] and 12,000 Non-US), including 5 years’ history for listed banks and 3 years’ for unlisted.

WRDS is available to current faculty, staff and students at the UM Ann Arbor Campus.