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:

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.


Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian

Make an appointment for a research consultation if you need help with mapping and use of GIS.