Geospatial Data and Analysis

Geospatial Data and Analysis Services is a part of Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Services. We provide support for locating spatial data and for basic use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software and tools.


GIS Workstations, Software, and Licensed Resource

The Data Lab in Hillman Library has a lab area with 12 workstations with several GIS applications (ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Pro) installed.

Support for GIS and Spatial Analysis

Virtual support is available through the GIS Work Lab (click to sign up for an appointment).

For assistance with GIS or spatial information, please start with the library's Ask Us email form. You can also contact the GIS Librarian.

Members of the Pitt community can access ArcGIS via the Pitt IT Virtual Computing Lab.

Areas of support include:

  • Data Acquisition: help locating the data you need across a wide variety of data sources.
  • Storage and Management: advice on data management and storage.
  • Analysis and Preparation: help geting started preparing and analyzing your geospatial data.
  • Mapping and Visualization: help finding the most effective way to map and visualize your data for your needs.
  • Metadata: our metadata librarian can support 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 Pitt IT Helpdesk.

GIS DAY 2020

GIS Day (November 18) is an international celebration of this scientific framework often implemented by using software for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic or georeferenced data.

GIS enthusiasts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and a number of community organizations like Draw The Lines have organized several exciting events for GIS Day. Please explore and check out the event descriptions.