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Geographic Information System (GIS) Services

Library GIS support includes providing access to Esri ArcGIS software, in-course instruction and support, and individual consultations with faculty and students. We support beginning and advanced GIS topics including GPS-enabled field collection of data, the use of drones, and discovery of existing data sources for geospatial analysis.

What is Geographic Information Systems / GIS?

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial related data.  Most data is spatial therefore can be in some way referenced to locations on the earth and related to other information. GIS falls within the Geospatial umbrella that also encompasses Remote Sensing and field data collection methods such as GPS, the use of drones and satellite imagery. Most industries and areas of research benefit with the use of GIS.

ArcGIS Resources

Find a self-guided GIS course or tutorial, get instructions for downloading ArcGIS software, and more.

Request a GIS Account

This form is for Claremont-Colleges-affiliated users to request an Esri ArcGIS account through the library. ArcGIS is a proprietary GIS software widely used in higher education and industry. An individual (named user) account is required to access the platform and training materials from Esri under The Claremont Colleges Library Organizational account.

This will enable you to log in to the Claremont Colleges Library ArcGIS Online portal.

Drone Support

The Digital Scholarship Unit at the Claremont Colleges Library offers consultation and support for faculty and students working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drone applications in GIS for research, teaching, and learning.

The library owns a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced UAV which we can use in support of research and teaching at the colleges (we do not loan the UAV, but will provide you with a licensed drone pilot).

Please get in touch with us if you need:

Ask a Question

Request an ArcGIS account, a course-integrated introduction to ArcGIS, instructional support for your geospatial needs on campus and while conducting field work.

Check Out GIS Tools

The library circulates four Bad Elf GPS PRO+ GPS units for use in course fieldwork, research projects, and for experimentation.

Use Library Search to check availability.

Summer 2020 GIS Challenge

The Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to be offering 5 weeks of online GIS learning opportunities for the Claremont community this summer. These are separate online “challenges” that will introduce learners to certain components of the ArcGIS suite of tools. This is an self-paced series of modular challenges designed to be completed over the course of five weeks this summer.

More information (and weekly content updates) are on the Claremont Colleges Summer 2020 GIS Challenge page.