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:

Library Workshops and Academic Courses

Getting Help

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:

What Is GIS?

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.