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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Getting Started

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

Use this guide to find:

  • 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

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Cecilia Smith
Map Collection, Room 370
University of Chicago Library