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VaXWNY Research Consortium Guide: Internet Access Gap Analysis

This Guide is meant to suggest and provide access to resources aligned with the research areas being explored for the VaX WNY Research Consortium.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2022 10:12 AM

Internet Access Gap Analysis

The availability of internet access influences an individual’s ability to locate and schedule vaccination if given as the only option. Limited access may be a function of geographic location as it relates to broadband network service availability, economic disparity, hardware convenience, or limited user understanding of the technology being deployed. The student will perform a gap analysis for locations identified by the supervisor and develop recommendations and solutions.

Information on these topics is likely to change often. It will be updated frequently, but be advised checking directly with state websites for the most recent information.


Data & Statistics

Source: Social Explorer

Finding GIS Data

These repositories allow users to browse, search and download GIS datasets for use with GIS software, including ArcGIS

The following datasets may be helpful for your project. 


Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell, Social Sciences Librarian

Kimberly Plassche, Sciences Librarian

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Viewing Geospatial Data and Maps

These agency and governmental websites allow users to map and layer available datasets within their online GIS/map viewers. Hosting data in this manner does not make it available for downloading for future use within ArcGIS or other mapping software. However, if an agency uses ArcGIS Online as a platform, the datasets may be available via ArcGIS Hub, or may be added directly to your project by selecting Add Data > Add Data from ArcGIS Online. 

UB Community: ArcGIS Software & ArcGIS Online

UB students and faculty are eligible to receive a free one-year copy of ArcGIS (including ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro) for their personal computers. UB affiliates may also be added to our university license to ArcGIS Online. Please refer to our Library Guide GIS: Esri Virtual Campus Courses and ArcGIS Software for more information on gaining access.

Not a Member of the UB Community?

VaX WNY is partnered with many higher education institutions across Western New York including the University at Buffalo. While many of the resources on this guide are open to the public, some are only for UB students, faculty and staff. If you are a member of one of the other partner schools, be sure to check out their resources as well!