Overview | Usage Notes

SimplyMap example


From Geographic Research, Inc., "SimplyMap is an Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables. Professional mapping applications take over 20 hours of training to use, but we have designed SimplyMap to be incredibly user friendly - most users are up and running with less than 10 minutes of training."

Access to SimplyMap in North Carolina is available statewide through public and school libraries as an NC LIVE resource. To use SimplyMap online, you'll first need a library account.

The NC LIVE link for Simply Map is

NCSU users off campus should use this proxy server link to connect using your UNITY ID.

For more details about the capabilities of SimplyMap, visit

Usage Notes

Here are some important tips and considerations for using SimplyMap:

User Accounts
SimplyMap is an account driven resource. This means that for the optimal user experience, a personal account should be created to save your work. Upon entering SimplyMap you will be prompted to "Create Personal Workspace" and enter your e-mail address and a password. You will need access to your email to complete your account set-up. NC LIVE has set-up our library accounts so that individual users are not required to log-in with a user name and password, however, their work will not be saved and there is no way to create an account once a project is started. For the best experience encourage users to create an account before logging into SimplyMap.

As it currently stands, each NC LIVE SimplyMap account has been assigned a specific number of concurrent seats. That number ranges from 2-10 depending on the size of the population served. Under normal usage standards, we would expect this to be sufficient to meet demand and we will be monitoring the situation. If you are unable to log in, simply try again later.

NCSU has 10 seats. Contact Data Services if you need more, perhaps for instruction.

Help and Tutorials
There is some training required in order to understand a few concepts related to mapping. It's highly recommended that you watch the tutorials to get the most out of SimplyMap. The training video can be accessed by clicking on the "Help" link in the top right corner of SimplyMap.

Census Data
Census data on SimplyMap spans from 1980 to 2010, plus it incorporates the present American Community Survey, as well as future projections. It does not provide data ealier than the 1980 Census. The smallest mapping Census geographies are Block Groups.

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