GIS (or geographic information systems) are software that are built to store, analyze, and display geographic data. It operates on a system built on 5 pillars: Users, Hardware, Software, Data, and Analysis.
With GIS, users can solve a myriad of problems where location is a factor. Where should city planners put a new hospital or clinic? Where will election districts be drawn after a decennial census? Where will a hurricane make landfall, and how will that area respond to a major storm? What routes will make transportation companies more efficient? All of these questions and many more can be answered with the right data and the proper analysis.
Interested in taking some GIS courses, or sharpening skills you might already have learned? Want to expand your curriculum with something that improves your resume and can greatly assist you in research for a wide variety of fields? Take a look at the certificate programs or the minor in Geographic Information Systems offered by the Department of Geosciences.
First Floor West, S.E. Wimberly Library in the Alumni Alcove.
Next to the Government Information and Maps Department Office (LY 109).
**GIS Corner assistance will be available virtually on Tuesdays from 10 am-noon at during the FAU libraries facilities temporary closure due to COVID-19 outbreak. Please email if assistance is needed for other times.**
GIS Corner is reserved for the exclusive use of GIS software during the hours above. At all other times, priority for use of the computers will be given to those who are using GIS software to accomplish class assignments. Those who are not working with the GIS software should be prepared to move to another computer if asked.
ArcAdministrator, ArcCatalog; ArcGlobe; ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcScene.
If you're just a causal observer looking to expand your skill set, a researcher in academia who thinks that GIS will help improve your work, or just someone who wants to learn something new, there are ways of learning how to use GIS available.
Visit the training website for ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), the industry leader in GIS. Sign up for a public account, and begin crafting a learning plan that with the free tutorials offered that will help you learn just how powerful GIS can be. Or, if you don't know where to start, use any of the free learning plans provided by ESRI.
Find out more about working with data on a GIS project from the iSchool@Syracuse (Syracuse University School of Information Studies).
Any students/faculty wishing to use the GIS corner need to bring a flash drive with them to save and store their data. Library computers will not allow for users to save their data on the computer.