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

Due to the renovation of the ground floor in Hillman Library, the Data Lab is not available. There are four stations on the First Floor and five stations on the Second Floor of Hillman with several GIS applications installed: ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, Google Earth Pro.

Support for GIS and Spatial Analysis

Need help? You can contact us with questions about GIS or spatial information and our GIS Librarian will get back to you.

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

In 2020, for the first time, GIS enthusiasts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and a number of community organizations like Draw the Lines organized several exciting events for GIS Day. Please explore to check out the event descriptions and to get an idea of the areas of spatial research that we work and collaborate on..

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