On Line Mapping Options

The Community Development Department makes frequent and innovative use of the Community Development Department makes frequent and innovative use of the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) to analyze and map a variety of types of data. A simplified version of this system is available through the GIS website. A number of other on-line options now exist that allow the public to create their own maps and analyze data. The City's Geographic Information System (GIS) to analyze and map a variety of types of data.  A simplified version of this GIS is available through the GIS  website.

CityViewer

The Cambridge CityViewer allows residents and City staff to use a simplified GIS through the internet. In order to start viewing, querying, and creating maps, all you need is an Internet Explorer browser. Each CityViewer link contains different map data in it.

The Zoning Viewer is tailored to the needs of those interested in various land use, open space and transportation planning topics.

The most popular version of the CityViewer is the Parcel Viewer, which provides access to data found in the City's assessing database. The viewer is searchable based on street address and a number of other characteristics such as Map-Lot numbers.

MassStats

A web site providing interactive maps and statistical views of Massachusetts cities and towns using data from a variety of sources. (Note: You may have to reload the page to get the map to display.)

Metro Boston Data Common

An on-line GIS data viewer hosted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council with support from the Boston Indicators Project. Allows the user to undertake their own analysis of the data.

OLIVER

A viewer supported by MassGIS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's GIS data center. OLIVER allows you to browse, view and download any of the close to 200 data sets that MassGIS has available for public distribution. OLIVER requires that you have Java Web Start from Sun installed on your computer. A Java installer is available through the OLIVER home page.

PolicyMap

A viewer that provides an on-line GIS that enables the user to develop maps representing a wide variety of topics.

More Choices

In addition to viewers that allow you to compare and analyze a variety of data topics a large number of innovative on-line maps have sprung up that address a specific question or topic.  The following are a few examples:

For More Information

For more information about socioeconomic and demographic statistics about Cambridge, please contact Cliff Cook, ccook@cambridgema.gov, Planning Information Manager, at 617/349-4656.