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My World GIS™ is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed specifically for use in middle school through college classrooms. It has been developed by the GEODE Initiative at Northwestern University as part of a research program on the adaptation of scientific visualization and data analysis tools to support inquiry-based learning.
My World gives learners access to geographic data about our world. It offers easy-to-use tools to perform investigation and analysis as they explore critical issues about the enviornment, geography, geology, demography, history, and much more.
Data visualization is ideally suited for learners because it provides a powerful way to make visible the patterns and trends that lie hidden in complex data.
My World is designed to meet the needs of students and teachers while keeping the constraints of educational settings in mind. It combines the power of a full-featured GIS environment with the support and structure required by novice users in an educational environment.