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Digital Mapping Tools and Resources: GIS

Geographic Information and Technologies in Practice

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technologies

  • Produce maps in order 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; scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as original data you collect. This guide provides a sample of resources loosely classified geographically and thematically for common information needs.
  • Contact the Library for help finding GIS.
  • LINK to the Locating GIS Slides - Fall 2021

What are the building blocks of a Geographic Information System?

1. Numerical Algorithms - enable you to assign data to a geographic reference.
2. Statistics. Data sets visualized with layers and oriented geographically.

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

LINK to a larger explanation of GIS. 

We can help you:

  • Locate, interpret, and visualize GIS data.
  • Incorporate GIS into your projects.
  • Access Open Source Internet Mapping.

Adapted from 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

Open Geo-data at Work

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Geodata Repository, GIS based on Open Geodata, GIS database Social Explorer

Maps Collections with GIS visual analysis tools

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