Walk-in help located @ GIS Depot (Inside the Ansari Map Library- basement level of DeLaMare Library)
Wednesdays: 3pm - 5pm
Thursdays: 3pm - 5pm
** exception will be listed here
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A geographic information system (GIS) applications include both hardware and software systems for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. It enables you to visualize information in new ways that reveal new and important relationships, patterns, and trends. It integrates various types of data.
GIS data can be split into two main categories: vector and raster data.
These data types may include cartographic data, photographic data, digital data, or data in spreadsheets.
Welcome to the GIS Library Guide.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data. There are many options for getting started with GIS!
This guide provides detailed information to help you access GIS programs such as ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap)/Pro/Online, QGIS, and Google Earth Pro for your download on a personal computer, access remotely, or library computer labs. It also provides links on how to get started and how to get help.
A framework to organize, communicate and understand the science of our world.
A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations—helping users make smarter decisions.
Hundreds of thousands of organizations in virtually every field are using GIS to make maps that communicate, perform analysis, share information, and solve complex problems around the world. This is changing the way the world works.
GIS specialists use data to:
Source: ESRI What is GIS? - Overview
The real power of GIS is through using spatial and statistical methods to analyze attribute and geographic information. The end result of the analysis can be derivative information, interpolated information, or prioritized information.
Some examples of the types of questions that GIS is used to answer might be: