GIS in the Library
The Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Services is located in the Edge on the first floor of Bostock. Installed mapping software includes:
- Google Earth Pro
- Some statistical software packages such as R 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
- Duke Libraries sponsors workshops on using digital mapping software and map design
- The Nicholas School of the Environment offers geospatial analysis courses
GIS consultants in the Center for Data and Visualization Sciences can advise you on the best approaches for locating geospatial data, creating digital maps, and analyzing your spatial data
Contact a GIS Specialist:
Geographic Information System (GIS) software allows you to build maps or analyze data that has a spatial (locational) component. When data layers are spatially enabled, the software can overlay them to build a map or to analyze spatial relationships. The user can choose how to symbolize features in the layers.
Some data layers will consist of a set of features (e.g., streets, political divisions, address locations). Other layers will consist of gridded data such as remote sensing imagery (e.g., satellite data) or scanned images of paper maps. GIS software can also work with data files in some spreadsheet and database formats if they include locational elements such as addresses, geographic coordinates, or place names.
Choosing Mapping Software
Traditionally, you need software such as ArcGIS or QGIS for complex data analysis tasks or customized visual output. While that’s still true to some extent, many cloud based mapping products exist for creating thematic maps and spatial analysis, and visualization software such as Tableau can create maps. Our GIS consultants can advise on the most efficient tool for meeting your research needs.