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:
- guidance on Geospatial Data Resources and access to online geospatial data resources
- access to digital geospatial data through the Libraries’ geodata server (limited to Mason students, staff, and faculty)
- appointments for one-on-one consultations for making maps and for GIS project support such as data cleaning, geocoding, georeferencing, spatial analysis, and more.
- educational opportunities through our GIS workshop series, access to online tutorials, customized classroom instructions across the disciplines, and group workshops by request
- access to popular GIS software ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, Google Earth Pro, and other GIS software for research in the DiSC Lab.
Resources for GIS:
Geospatial Data & GIS
Atlases and Maps
Big Data and Geo-Visualization
Local GIS Project Examples:
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.
Make an appointment for a research consultation if you need help with mapping and use of GIS.