Tool and Data


My World GIS

My World GIS™ is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed specifically for use in middle school through college classrooms. It was developed by the Geographic Data in Education (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 GIS gives learners access to a variety of geographic data, enabling users to explore critical issues about the environment, geography, geology, demography, history, and much more. Its features include customizable display of layer variables, multiple geographic projections, table and map views of data, distance-measurement tools, and buffering and query operations.

Tool Builder

Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative, Northwestern University

Tool Cost

A free trial version is available for 45 days.

Tool Help

My World Online Help Center ( This site may be offline. )

My World Tool and Button Guides in pdf The following guides can be downloaded to help with the use of the program:

Data Source

Sources - Greenland Data Sets
  • Greenland AWS Locations CIRES
  • Glacier Velocity Gates OSU
  • Greenland Melting Extents 1992 -2003 Russell Huff CIRES
  • Greenland Ice Sheet National Snow and Ice Data center

Data Provider

  • Russell Huff - CIRES
  • OSU Byrd Polar Research
  • Gordon Hamilton - University of Maine