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ARCH 501-502 Thesis Studios Fall 2019 Spring 2020: Geographic Information and Technologies

About Geographic Information and Technologies

We've come a long way from the quaint, but still essential, Sanborn Maps

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technologies can produce maps, but its unique attribute is the ability to integrate, manipulate, and analyze spatial data and related statistical or descriptive data. 

GIS provides tools for integrating, querying, and analyzing a wide variety of data types, such as scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as data collected by individuals. This guide provides a sample of resources loosely classified geographically and thematically for common information needs. 

What are the building blocks of a Geographic Information System?

1. Numerical Algorithms - enable you (the researcher) to assign data to a geographic reference.

2. The Statistics. Typically very large data sets because so many layers of data can be oriented to geography.

3. Optimization: the ability to orient the GIS to a particular area of research. 

Review a larger explanation of GIS. 

GIS Services

We can help you:

  • Incorporate GIS into your projects.
  • Learn and use GIS related software such as ArcGIS, and Open Source QGIS or Leaflet
  • Locate, Interpret, and visualize GIS data.

-Boland, Maeve A. "Geographic Information Systems." Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics,edited by Carl Mitcham, vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, 2005, pp. 856-857. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 26 Sept. 2017

Find Geographic Data and Maps

United States


City Data and GIS

Thematic GIS & Maps

Historical Maps and GIS

Map Visualization and Spatial Anaylsis

Journals on GIS and Geospatial Technology

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