Geography & GIS
The Wolfram Language unites data, analytics and visualization for geography and geographic information systems (GIS).
Importing Built-in Data
The first step in geography-related projects is often to get data. The Wolfram Language enables you to easily access millions of pieces of data using entities, like in this example that returns a list of notable buildings in San Francisco and then plots the location of each building.
Importing External Data
Already have data? Hundreds of file formats can be imported with a single line of code using the Import function.
Analysis and Visualization
Once you have formatted data, you'll want to perform some kind of analysis, whether you are trying to find distances between areas, computing densities of data in a region or trying to find clusters where events occur. In this example, the coordinates for all of the United States' respective state capitals are programmatically fetched and the shortest path through each capital is computed and visualized.
The end result of many geography-related projects is a map. With the Wolfram Language, you have many aesthetic and functional options for mapmaking, including interactive features and more.In this example, each state in Brazil is colored according to its population, creating a population heat map:
The Wolfram Language contains more than a dozen unique ways to visualize geographic data, so no matter what your project is, you can create insightful and impactful visualizations.
Want to just try it out? Get a feel for what the Wolfram Language is like while trying out real code samples focused on geography and geographic information systems.
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Go Further with Geographic Data
If you want to see more of what Wolfram offers for geography and GIS, head to the Geographic Data & Entities guide page. You'll find:
- Specialized geography-related functions
- Built-in data pertaining to geography
- Functions for geographic visualization
- Related documentation
For Those Interested in Geography and GIS, We Recommend:
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