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Geographic Information System (GIS) Services

The Library GIS Services includes basic-level assistance with geospatial technology such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and field collection technology such as GPS, mobile devices, the use drones and the interaction thereof. Service also include resources to discover data sources for spatial 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.

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.

Schedule a Consultation

GIS consultations are by appointment only. Consultations are typically 45 minutes to an hour maximum.

  • GIS service is intended to be instructional; our goal is to help users learn how to work through these tasks on their own, GIS staff will not complete project work for you.
  • Typical GIS support includes
    • GIS installation (we can provide you the software)
    • GIS project workflow & management
    • Data collection and creation (including GPS)
    • Data management (shapefiles, geodatabase, tables, imagery)
    • Analysis design (including model builder)
    • Spatial statistics
    • Cartography
    • GIS & GPS workshops
    • FAA 107 (drone) licensing information
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.

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