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Geographic & Spatial Data Services


Geographic and Spatial Data Services is a part of Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons (G49).

What is GIS?

A geographic information system allows a user to store, analyze, manipulate, manage, and visualize spatial data.


GIS Workstations, Software, and Licensed Resources

The Digital Scholarship Commons in Hillman Library has a lab area with 12 workstions, each with a widescreen monitor and several GIS applications (ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Pro) installed.

There is also a separate workstation in the Digital Scholarship Commons dedicated to provide access to certain Pitt-only licensed spatial data resources, such as the Geolytics database.

GIS Work Lab @ Hillman
We have set aside several blocks of time each week for a GIS Work Lab in Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons. During this time, several workstations with ArcGIS, QGis, and other spatial software will be reserved for GIS users. The work lab will also be staffed by GIS Student Assistants, who are there to provide support and consultation during lab hours. Current GIS Work Lab hours are listed below; to schedule a consult with a GIS Student Assistant ahead of time, please click the "Schedule Appointment" button below.
Mondays: 1-3pm, 5-9pm
Tuesdays, 1-3pm, 5-9pm
Fridays, 3-6pm
Sundays, 10am-8pm

Consultations at other times

To ask a question about GIS or spatial information at other time, please start with the library's Ask Us email form.
Support for GIS and Spatial Analysis
Data Acquisition: can help you locate the data you need across a wide variety of data sources.
Storage and management:  We can give you advice on data management and storage.
Analysis and Preparation: We are staffed with knowledgeable consultants who can help you get started with preparing and analyzing your geospatial data.
Mapping and Visualization: We can help you find the most effective way to map and visualize your data for your needs.

Metadata: Consult our metadata librarian for support on adding and maintaining the metadata associated with your data.

Note: For technical support for installation or performance issues while running GIS software, please contact the CSSD Helpdesk.