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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Getting Started

Image with GIS software and tools logos, includes Esri, QGIS,GeoDa, Google Earth Pro, and OpenStreetMap.

What is GIS?

Geographic information systems (GIS) are technologies, from handheld devices to desktop applications to online tools, that are used to capture, analyze, view, and otherwise interact with spatial data and imagery.

Learn GIS

Get spatial data

GIS at the Library

Drop-In GIS Office Hours:

  • Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. during the academic quarters, Regenstein Library Map Collection, Room 370

Use this guide to find:

  • spatial data
  • information about GIS desktop software and online tools 
  • training resources for GIS software and tools
  • books and journals related to GIS

The University of Chicago Library provides GIS support and services to all affiliated students, faculty, and staff by:

  • identifying spatial data resources
  • helping patrons geocode, format, and join spatial datasets
  • providing basic instruction for desktop and online mapping
  • consulting with patrons about planning and managing spatial data research
  • linking patrons with advanced spatial analysis and computing centers at the university

Subject Specialist

Taylor Hixson
Contact:
Resident Librarian for GIS
Crerar Library Room 132
773-702-7567