Web Sites for Questions Asked by Beginner Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Users Starting Work on Cancer Prevention and Control Projects
This Web site Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) list was last updated on August 8, 2002.
A challenge is what criteria should be used for selecting URLs for inclusion. The URLs on this list have evolved in response to questions asked by beginner GIS users starting work on cancer prevention and control projects. No explicit criteria were used for selecting URLs. The current list includes a mix of URLs from government, commercial, and other sources. To the extent possible, the list is tilted towards URLs with GIS applications or data sources related to cancer prevention and control. Many URLs are general, however, as beginner GIS users in cancer prevention and control often ask questions common to many other GIS user groups.
For many URLs on this list, the URL is listed by the organization or agency name. In some cases, however, the URL has been listed by some other alternative (e.g., the Spatial Epidemiology short course by Nicky Best, Paul Elliott, and Sylvia Richardson is listed under “N” for "Nicky Best”). Until a user is familiar with how URLs are listed, the most efficient way to search for URLs likely is to use the Microsoft Word document “Edit” and “Find” tools, type text describing the Web site, and then electronically search to find that text.
This list should not be regarded as comprehensive or definitive. URLs frequently change. This list does not constitute an endorsement of any organization, product, or program, and none should be inferred.
Display geocoded data at individual building level.
Adobe Acrobat Reader 5
Free software for viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Recommendations on clinical preventive services.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Links to: 1998 GIS Conference Proceedings; Public Health Training Network May 2000 Satellite Broadcast on "Geographic Information Systems in Public Health"; GIS Links; Public Health GIS News and Information; and the ATSDR GATHER Server.
Geographic Analysis Tool for Health and Environmental Reseach (GATHER) Server
Cluster Software, Version 3.1
To request a copy of the Public Health Training Network May 2000 Satellite Broadcast on "Geographic Information Systems in Public Health", email: email@example.com
American Cancer Society Statistics
Cancer Facts & Figures for 2002
American Hospital Association
AHA Policy Forum Trend Watch (American Hospital Association and The Lewin Group)
June 2002; 4 (1): 1-8. Challenges Facing Rural Hospitals
June 2000; 2(2): 1-8. Essential Access -- Broadening the Safety Net
Health Care QuickDisc (information about hospitals)
American Medical Association
Directory of Physicians in the United States (CD-ROM)
Genealogy search engines and data bases.
Appalachian Regional Commission
Applied Geographics Solutions, Inc
Demographic and marketing data, including MOSAIC neighborhood classification or segmentation.
Association of American Geographers
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Atlanta Regional Information System (ARIS) CD ROM 2002
Develops software developer for biostatistics and geographic analysis, that is distributed by TerraSeer. Examples include BoundarySeer, ClusterSeer, and SpaceStat software
Bobby allow Web page authors to identify and repair significant barriers to access by
individuals with disabilities, in compliance with the 1998 Amendment to the Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 US Code 794d)
Demographics and ACORN lifestyle segmentation system
Demographics and PRIZM lifestyle segmentation system
Claritas Express You Are Where You Live ZIP Code Look-up Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Associate Director for Science, Office of Director
Human Subjects Research
Epidemiology Program Office
Epi Info and Epi Map 2000
Web references on GIS and shape files
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
Division of Adult and Community Health
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
BRFSS 2000 Survey Data
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), NCCDPHP, CDC
Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Initiatives
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
National Comprehensive Cancer Control Inititiatives
National Program of Cancer Registries
National Skin Cancer Prevention Education Program
Prostate Cancer Control Initiatives
Technical Information and Editorial Services Branch, NCCDPHP, CDC
Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP) Databases
Leadership Directories OnLine
Collection of directories updated daily, including: the Congressional Yellowbook, the Federal Yellow Book, the Associations Yellowbook, and the State Yellow Book. http://www.leadershipdirectories.com
National Center for Environmental Health(NCEH), CDC
Environmental Public Health Tracking
Health Informatics, Information Services, Geographic Information Services
Access limited to CDC intranet users
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC
GIS Resources (links to Public Health GIS News and Information and 1997 NCHS Atlas of United States Mortality)
CDC Mailing List "Geographic Information Systems - Public Health GIS Users Group" (provides subscribers with Public Health GIS News and Information).
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Injury-related mortality maps.
Colorado State University
Environmental Health Advanced Systems Laboratory
ColorBrewer (Guide to choosing map colors)
Mapping Diversity Censr01-101
DBMS/COPY 7 (software for converting data from one format to another)
Cornell Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State
Dartmouth Medical School
Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Data files available for download from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Primary Care Service Area Project
Density Equalizing Map Projections (DEMP)
The DEMP software program is not publicly available at this time.
EI: A Program for Ecological Inference (Gary King)
This program provides methods for running the statistical procedures, diagnostics, and graphics developed in A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data (Princeton Univeristy Press, 1997). The program requires Gauss and the Gauss module CML
EzI: An Easy Program for Ecological Inference (Gary King)
EzI is similar to the EI program, but does not require Gauss to run.
EpiQMS (Epidemiologic Query and Mapping System) is an on-line application which allows citizens, public health and medical practitioners and public health agency investigators (three security levels) access to a state's or region's health data (death, birth, cancer registry, hospital discharge, STD, injury, emergency response, environmental justice, etc.) for the purpose of health assessment or surveillance support. There is a special emphasis on "where." This site displays health outcome data at several geographic scales (state, county, Zip Code, census tract, block group, school district) with rates being available for age x race x gender for those geographies. Further, rates are available after being adjusted for small number problems using empirical Bayes smoothing. Charts, tables and maps are available.
Environmental Defense Scorecard
Allows user to enter ZIP code and determine what pollutants are being released and the source.
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Information about ArcObjects including sample code (e.g., for DS Map Book), technical documents, and object model diagrams.
Glossary of GIS Terms
Examples of computer hardware specifications for GIS work by several hardware vendors.
Internet Guide to Geographic Information Systems
European Health and Environment Information System for Disease and Exposure Mapping and Risk Assessment (EUROHEIS)
A set of 'best practice' guidelines has been developed to achieve comparability between geographical studies of environmental exposures and associated health effects.
Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology
Checklist on Disclosure Potential of Proposed Data Releases
Federal Communication Commission
Mass Media Bureau Databases
Federal Geographic Data Committee
Address Content Standard
E-Government Geospatial One-Stop
Geospatial Metadata Standard
United States National Grid Standard (FGDC-STD-011-2001)
National Spatial Data Infrastructure
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Example of application to map locations of health care providers and facilities
FME (Feature Manipulation Engine)
FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) is a data access solution for reading, writing and transforming spatial data.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Locations of certified mammography facilities
Freeality Internet Search
Links to search engines to find people by first and last name.
Different geocoding assumptions/techniques may give different results.
GeoHealth Body Viewer CR (Cancer Registry)
Census CD demographic data
Geographic Data Technology (GDT)
Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse
Geospatial Solutions (Journal)
Glynn County (Georgia) Tax Map Assessment
This Web site illustrates detail available from property tax records, and also includes features such as “disclaimer” and “user Web browser compatibility checking”.
Group 1 Software
Fone*Data (telephone area code and prefix database with geographic coordinates)
Health and Human Services Data Council
Confidentiality of Individually-Identifiable Health Information: Recomendations of the Secretarty of Health and Human Services (1997).
FedStats (Gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies)
Health & Place (Journal)
Health Canada Cancer Bureau
Canadian Cancer Incidence Atlas
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
Office for Civil Rights, Department Health and Human Services
National Standards to Protect the Privacy of Personal Health Information
General Overview of HIPPA Standards
Davenhall WF. Protecting geocoded health data (article).
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Area Resource File
Community Health Status Indicators Project
Office of Rural Health Policy (includes list of ORHP funded Rural Health Policy Research Centers)
Health Professional Shortage Areas (Ad Hoc Query Database)
Primary Care Service Area Project
State health workforce profiles
US-Mexico Border Health Home Page
Healthy People 2010
Objective 23-3: Increase the proportion of all major national, State, and local health data systems that use geocoding to promote nationwide use of geographic information systems (GIS) at all levels.
Marketing directories and phone books on CD-ROM
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
GLOBOCAN 2000 Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide
International Journal Health Geographics
Kaiser Family Foundation
State Facts Outline offers health policy information on more than 200 topics as tables and maps. Users can view information for a single state or compare and rank data across all 50 states and make comparisons with U.S. totals.
Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program
Kentucky Cancer Registry
Maps of age-adjusted cancer incidence rates by Kentucky area development district and by county
MapInfo Professional (software)
Web-based mapping software used in NCI Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS Data and Statistics
Medicare Managed Care Market Penetration State/County Data Files
Medicare Research Data Assistance Center
Mississippi Delta Region
ATSDR Mississippi Delta Project
Mississippi Development Commission
MSN Home Advisor
Enter a ZIP code to display Neighborhood details (including PRIZM codes)
Multi-Agency Internet Geographic Information Service
The Multi-Agency Internet Geographic Information Service (MAIGIS) is a three year pilot project at the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit (The Univeristy of Birmingham) to establish an interactive map based web service providing health and health related data at the regional level. The project is funded by the Public Health Development Fund. Examples of data that can be mapped include: breast, bronchus, cervical, colorectal, head, neck, prostate, and upper gastro-intestinal cancer. The project also maps several deprivation indices.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Applications of GIS to cancer research at the National Cancer Institute.
Pickle LW, Heineman EF, Ward H, Nuckols JR, Gumpertz M, Bell BS.
ESRI Annual International Health GIS Conference Proceedings 2001.
Cancer Cluster Fact Sheet
Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs
Power Point slide presentation by Dan Grauman on August 15, 2001 about enhancements to the cancer mortality atlas Web site
Consumer Health Profiling Project
Applied Cancer Screening Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population
Sciences (DCCPS), NCI. To order maps of census block groups in your area in need of
mammography and cervical cancer screening, contact the NCI Cancer Information Service Outreach Manager for your area by calling1-800-422-6237 or call the NCI's Office of
Communication at (301) 496-6667.
Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (LIBCSP)
Geographical Information System for Health (GIS-H)
Public Health Reports article in 1999 on "Geographic Information Systems and Public Health: Mapping the Future"
Publications by Linda Pickle (Spatial Analysis and GIS Publications)
Questionnaire modules used in studies by the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute National Cancer Institute
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End-Results Program
Internet Access to the SEER 1973-1999 Public Use Data
Software for Calculating the Spatial, Temporal and Space-Time Scan Statistics
National Cancer Registrars Association
Journal of Registry Management
National Geographic Map Machine
National Health Foundation
An independent, charitable, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to improving and enhancing the healthcare of the underserved by developing and supporting innovative programs that can become independently viable, systemic solutions to gaps in healthcare access and delivery and that have the potential to be replicated naionally
HealthQuery® is free of commercial advertising and creates “public domain-ware” applications that can be used free of charge. Currently, HealthQuery® is being developed for Los Angles, but will expand to cover all 58 California counties. The first applications will include vital statistics query to provides zip code level birth and death rates, a resource locator to map hospital and clinic locations, and health demographics for mapping population data. Features will eventually include models and simulations to predict the balance between supply and demand for services.
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
Interactive Health Atlas of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
UV Index Text and Maps for 58 cities
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Case-control study of childhood cancer in Dover Township (Ocean County), New Jersey
New Mexico Tumor Registry
Using GIS to assess risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer (end date: 6/00)
New York State
Office for Technology, GIS Data Clearinghouse
Department of Health, New York State Cancer Surveillance Improvement Initiative
Nicky Best, Paul Elliott, Sylvia Richardson
Short Course on Spatial Epidemiology (March 12-14, 2001)
Imperial College School of Medicine, London
Nielsen Media Research
Reports and maps about local TV markets areas defined by Nielsen Media Research as
designated market areas (DMAs)
North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)
CiNA+ On-Line (cancer incidence maps for North America).
NAACCR Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Work Group
NAACCR Current Record Layout
Version 10. (Vol 2 Data Standards and Data Dictionary) (5/14/02)
page 226: Latitude; page 228: Longitude; page 298: RuralUrban Continuum 1993 (Beale) Code; page 299: RuralUrban Continuum 2000 (Beale) Code.
Nursing Home Info
Locations of nursing homes and assisted care facilities, by Nelson & Wallery, Ltd.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Open GEodaTA Consortium (OGETA)
Open GIS Consortium (OGC)
Encourages consensus processes to help improve inter-operability among diverse geoprocessing systems.
Pennsylvania State University
Department of Geography
Geographic Visualization Science, Technology, and Applications Center (GeoVista)
Digital Government Quality Graphics
Visualizing Health Statistics (including color legends and reliability)
World Campus Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Pew Charitable Trusts
Health-Track Map Cancer Deaths and Toxic Releases
Point Pattern Analysis (Art Getis)
Genealogy search engines and databases.
Public Health Research Laboratories
EpiAnalyst for ArcView GIS (software)
SAS GIS Tutorial
US Coding Accuracy Support System software can standardize address information (e.g., spelling, abbreviations) to meet US Postal Service standards and to determine the proper ZIP+4 for any address. ZP4 can only determine whether street addresses fall within the “low to high” address ranges specified on ZIP+4 records.
Delivery Point Confirmation
The Delivery Point Validation (DPV) database is a “yes/no” table for checking the validity of individual mailing addresses (i.e., whether the US Postal Service actually delivers mail to an address). For example, only three addresses might actually exist in a given range like "100 to 198 (even)". With the addition of DPV, ZP4 will validate the three correct addresses and reject any other address in the range.
Silent Spring Institute
Cape Cod Breast Cancer and Environment Atlas
Simmons Market Research Bureau
National Consumer Survey
South Carolina State
South Carolina Community Assessment
South Carolina Interactive Map Services
Includes cancer statistics at the ZIP Code and Election District level.
Statistics in Medicine (Journal)
Sustainable Development Indicators
Snag-It (software for computer screen capture)
TeleAtlas NorthAmerica (formerly Etak)
Finds census tract, block group, and latitude/longitude for a street address.
Spatial Data Demonstration
The route planning demonstration includes ability to identify cross-streets.
TerraSeer Environmental Insight Software
BoundarySeer, ClusterSeer, and SpaceStat
Texas Department of Health (TDH)
Spatial Approaches to Health Outcomes (SAHO), TDH Cancer Registry Maps
Internet Broadcast Directory of Radio Television Stations on the Web
100000 Watts US radio and TV directory
University of British Columbia, Department of Geography
GIS and Cartography On-Line Resources
Unit 41. Spatial Interpolation
University of California at Los Angeles
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Web site about John Snow
University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of Geography
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Core Curriculum in GIScience
University College London, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
GIS Timeline (History of GIS)
University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Luc Anselin’s current working papers on spatial econometrics
University of Iowa, Department of Geography
Distance Mapping and Analysis Program (DMAP) Software
Improving Public Health Through Geographical Information Systems An Instructional Guide to Major Concepts and Their Implementation
Global Urban Indicators: Small-Area Indicators for Urban Housing, Environment, and Child Health in India and Nigeria
University of Leeds, Centre for Computational Geography
Geocomputation 2000. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on GeoComputation. Gregory IN. An evaluation of the accuracy of the areal interpolation of data for the analysis of long-term change in England and Wales.
University of London, Centre for Multi-level Modeling
Development of statistical models for the analysis of hierarchically structured data, training in the use of such models, and source for the MLwiN software program (MLwiN) for fitting multi-level models.
University of Michigan, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Ned Levine N. CrimeStat: A Spatial Statistics Program for the Analysis of Crime Incident Locations (v 2.0). Ned Levine & Associates, Houston, TX, and the National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC. May 2002.
Urban Planning 507 Information Systems Course Project
Project II (Areal Interpolation)
University of Missouri at St Louis
MABLE/Geocorr Geographic Correspondence Engine Version 3.0.1
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Reference Department, Davis Library
Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Codes (Documentation)
Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Cartographic Archive
United States Bureau of the Census
Census 2000 Block Relationship Files
Census 2000 Briefs
Census 2000 Product Overview and Schedule
Changes in county FIPS codes with 2000 Census
Geographic Terms and Concepts
Guide to Census Tract Resources
LandView V Ordering Information
Mapping Census 2000: The Geography of U.S. Diversity
Residence Rules for Where People Should Be Counted in Census 2000
Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System (TIGER)
ZIP Code Tabulation Areas
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Rural Indicators Map Machine
Rural-urban continuum codes (1993)
Rural-urban commuting area codes (1990)
WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, & Idaho)Rural Health Research Center
University of Washington Department of Family Medicine
ZIP Code-based approximations of rural-urban commuting area codes (1990)
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Envirofacts data warehouse and applications
United States General Accounting Office (GAO)
Record Linkage and Privacy: Issues in Federal Research and Statistical Information.
GAO-01-126SP. April 1, 2001
United States Geological Survey
National Atlas (includes data and boundaries for the National Cancer Institute's Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States, 1950-1994; and the National Center for Health Statistics Atlas of United States Mortality, 1996)
United States Postal Service (USPS)
City/State/ZIP Code Associations
Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS)
Locatable Address Conversion System (LACS)
Official USPS Abbreviations
ZIP+4 Code Look-up Engine
University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
Washington State Department of Health
Report describing spatial analytic methods used in an investigation of community reports of brain tumors (glioblastoma) around the SeaTac Airport
Software utility for compression and extraction of compressed files
World Health Organization (WHO) Research Tools
Examples include: Guide to Stastical Information at WHO; WHO Family of International Classifications; and Geographical Infomration Tools
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) SIG-Epi
York University, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery of Data Visualization