Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful technology for creating, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data associated with geospatial data. By applying GIS technology to map and analyze data, students and researchers across the disciplines understand patterns, trends, and relationships of any phenomena in geographic space.

The Libraries supports work related to GIS research projects across campus in a variety of ways:

Resources for GIS:

Geospatial Data & GIS

Humanities GIS

Atlases and Maps

Big Data and Geo-Visualization

Local GIS Project Examples:

GeoBlacklight: Access Geospatial Data and Maps
A collaborative team project within the University Libraries to create an open geoportal to search, preview and download the geospatial data hosted by the Mason repository.  It also provides access to other datasets reposited by other academic institutions.

A Story Map–March: Book One by John Lewis
A collaborative team project within the University Libraries to celebrate 2018 Fall for the Book

Visualization of the Cholera Outbreak in London, 1854
Click on the tabs to explore different styles of maps. Demonstrated by the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship on the GIS Day, 2015.

Exploratory Analysis of Historic Documents Collection
An online data visualization tool to explore the Founders online document collection. Presented at the Mount Vernon GIS Symposium (2017) by Professor, Dieter Pfoser, Mason Geography and Geoinformation Department.


Jack Tieszen, Geospatial Resources Librarian, Wendy Mann, Director, Digital Scholarship Center, or