GIS at Harvard

The Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis  (CGA) is a university wide resource that supports research and education in the field of spatial analysis and geographic information. The Center also manages site licenses for GIS and other software.  CGA staff operate a GIS Help Desk at the HSPH Microlab (Kresge Lower Level) Tuesdays 1:30-4:00.

Other resources at Harvard include:

Harvard Graduate School of Design GIS Resources

Harvard GIS Users ABCD Group
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Harvard Geospatial Library

Harvard Map Collection

Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project

Boston Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Informatics Program
AEGIS Real Time Surveillance System
Researchers are developing a state-wide and national syndromic surveillance system for the early detection of outbreaks (naturally occurring and bioterrorism). The AEGIS (Automated Epidemiologic Geotemporal Integrated Surveillance) system automatically processes live data from hospital emergency departments, running algorithms to detect abnormal temporal and spatial patterns of disease. The system reports directly to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in real time.
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert. HealthMap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.

Last modified 1/7/2013.