GIS in the Library
The Brandaleone Family Center for Data and Visualization Services is on the second floor of Perkins Library, room 226. Installed mapping software includes:
- Google Earth Pro
- Tableau Public
- Some statistical software packages also include mapping components.
- We can help you locate GIS Data, which can often be supplemented by information in the paper map collection.
Library Workshops and Academic Courses
- Perkins Library sponsors workshops on using GIS and statistical software
- The Nicholas School of the Environment offers geospatial analysis courses
GIS, visualization, and data consultants in the Data and Visualization Services Department can advise you on the best approaches for visualizing and analyzing your spatial data, and on locating geospatial data.
Choosing Software: Visualization or Analysis
You may primarily be interested in visualizing data as an effective way to communicate underlying relationships and patterns, or you may just be interested in using GIS software to analyze spatial relationships. Often, you need a little of both. Your visualization and analysis needs will help determine the most appropriate software to use.
Choosing Software: Client or Cloud
Traditionally, you need client software such as ArcGIS or Quantum GIS (QGIS) for complex data analysis tasks or customized visual output. While that’s still true to some extent, some of the web products now incorporate more analysis and visual customization options.