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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 Workstation, Software, and Licensed Resources

A workstation dedicated to GIS is located in Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons. The workstation has ArcGIS Suite and Google Earth Pro installed, and provides access to certain Pitt-only licensed resources, such as the Geolytics database.

Walk-in Consultations
Walk-in consultations are available at the GIS Workstation in the Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library G-49 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Walk in service is available on a first-come, first serve basis and may be subject to schedule changes.
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.


Upcoming workshop: Introduction to Spatial Analysis (11/13/2015) Click to Register

Missed a scheduled workshop? We can get you up to speed with a one-on-one workshop in our lab.
Workshops tailored to your courses can be requested, to be taught either in the classroom or in our instruction area at Hillman Library.




Tom Twiss

Liaison Librarian, Subject specialist for Environmental Studies, Geology & Planetary Science, Government Information, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

Darryl Bishop

Library Specialist & Professional Science Masters student, GIS and Remote Sensing