Toolbox > Web-Based Tools
Web-based tools allow users to build maps, run basic spatial analyses, georefrence images (and much more!) without needing to download and install software. All of these tools can be accessed through a web browser with a basic internet connection.
ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative workspace for making interactive maps, sharing data that you create, and performing spatial analyses. Users can create maps, scenes, and web apps, analyze data, and share their creations with other members of UMass or the wider public. Users also have access to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World (a wide ranging source of maps, apps, and data layers that users can bring into their own projects).
Follow these steps to sign into ArcGIS Online using your UMass credentials:
- Go to https://www.arcgis.com/home/index.html
- Click Sign in in the top right corner of the window.
- At the login page, click: Sign in with Enterprise Login.
- Type umass-amherst into the text box.
- Click Sign in to University of Massachusetts-Amherst using UMASS-AMHERST
- Enter your UMass credentials to login.
ArcGIS StoryMaps is an online story-telling app that allows users to craft visually enticing narratives with images, text, and custom-designed maps. StoryMaps are saved to a user’s ArcGIS Online account (under “Content”) and can be shared with other members of the UMass organization or with the wider public.
To get started, visit the StoryMaps website and then follow the login instructions for ArcGIS Online.
Free Online Tools
Coordinate System Tools
EPSG.io Coordinate Systems Worldwide
Look up information about over 6,000 coordinate systems.
FCC Degrees Minutes Seconds / Decimal Degrees Converter
Convert coordinates from DMS to/from decimal degrees.
State Plane Coordinate Systems
Look up the State Plane and UTM Zones for each county in the U.S.
Search for georectified maps or upload and georeference your own.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Georeferencer
Georeference a historical map from the Rumsey collection.
Leaflet Storymaps with Google Sheets
A do-it-yourself approach to storytelling using Github and Google Drive. Step-by-step instructions are available on the project’s Github page.
Mapbox Interactive Storytelling
For users with some knowledge of HTML and CSS, this is a configurable storytelling option that produces simple, chapter-based scrollable stories. Requires registering for a free Mapbox account. Generous free tier allows 50,000 map loads per month before charges begin accruing.
Free story-telling app (alternative to ArcGIS StoryMaps) built by the nonprofit MapStory Foundation.
Free story-telling app (alternative to ArcGIS StoryMaps). One of several online tools by Northwestern University Knight Lab designed for telling compelling stories with multimedia, VR, numerical data, and timelines.
Web Mapping Tools
Get help picking out colors for your map.
Easy-to-use interface for generating web-based maps, charts, and tables – no coding experience necessary. Generous free tier allows unlimited map creation.
Google Earth for Chrome
Only works in Chrome browser. Explore global satellite imagery from your browser.
Suite of tools and libraries for designing eye-catching, interactive maps. Generous free tier allows 50,000 map loads per month before charges begin accruing.
Annotate texts and images and link to digital gazetteers.