GIS - Geographic Information Systems


GIS at the University Libraries (Bierce 179D)


Software

SimplyMap is an online subscription and can be accessed campus-wide from the library's homepage. ArcGIS can be accessed through Bierce Library's GIS Workstation or on lab machines in CAS 420.
  • ArcGIS - The strength of this powerful mapping software lies in its ability to link attribute information to spatial data (map features). ArcGIS allows you to view, analyze, and display spatial information (maps) by overlaying multiple thematic layers and to perform sophisticated buffereing techniques. It also allows you to perform queries (searches) of your data and manipulate your dataset based on its attribute characteristics as well as by its spatial characteristics.
  • Geolytics Census CD (1970 - 2000) - The power of the census right at your fingertips. This series of CD's offers the complete referencing capabilies of the national census in an easy-to-use and quick-to-learn format. You can search through hundreds of demographic, social, and economic variables and display your data in a range of map scales, ranging from the national level down through the census tract and block level, all in just a matter of seconds. Best of all, these CD's allow for the easy export of such data into formats usable by traditional GIS programs, should you require further analyses.
  • SimplyMap - SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that is easily accessed through an innovative and user-friendly interface.

Learning GIS

  • ESRI, Inc. - Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) is the industry leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). ESRI's website provides users with access to products, services, training and support, as well as a broad range of papers and presentations from the ESRI International User's Conference detailing the and latest advances in GIS applications.
  • Getting Started with GIS - This resource is a great place to start for those interested in learning about GIS. The website clearly explains what a GIS is and how it can be utilized through numerous examples, and provides links to numerous other sources of GIS information.
  • GIS FAQ
  • GIS Lounge - The GIS Lounge includes links to online lessons in a wide range of GIS subjects. These tutorials are primarily based on ESRI products but cover subjects such as database concepts, hydrologic modeling, and using census data to produce maps.
  • GIS Primer - The GIS Primer provides an overview of issues and requirements for implementing and applying GIS technology. The primer is an introductory text, intended for those with limited exposure to GIS.
  • MapCruzin.com - MapCruzin.com offers a free "Learn2Map" step-by-step distance learning online tutorial. The tutorial is based on free resources and uses ESRI's ArcExplorer. This tutorial is a great avenue for those curious about GIS and the potential of mapping software.
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) - This site provides an extensive overview of GIS and the capabilities of the software. The information contained in this website is easily accessible and pertinent for all levels of GIS users from the novice to a professional. The authors come from a variety of educational institutions and much of the information concentrates on providing course content assistance for instructors.
  • Wikipedia: Geographic Information Systems - This resource highlights the definition, history, function, and application of GIS technology.

Internet Resources

Geospatial Data

Attribute Data

U of Akron GIS courses

  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems - Geography and Planning: 3350:407/507 - Prerequisites: 3350:405 or permission. Advanced instruction in the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) including hands-on experience with both raster and vector GIS. Course Component: Laboratory Required, Lecture Required. 3 units.
  • Applications in Cartography & Geographic Information Systems - Geography and Planning: 3350:444/544 - Prerequisites: 340 and 405 or permission. Application of analytic and presentation techniques from cartography and geographic information systems to practical problems in geography and planning. Course Component: Laboratory Required, Lecture Required. 3 units.
  • Applications in GIS using GPS - Surveying and Mapping: 2980:445 - Prerequisites: 227 and 422. Advanced instruction in GIS applications using GPS as well as other surveying and mapping methods. Laboratory and field trips. Course Component: Laboratory Required, Lecture Required. 3 units.
  • Geographic Information Systems - Geography and Planning: 3350:405/505 - Prerequisites: 305 or permission. Introduction to the principles and concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) and their application in professional practice and academic research. Course Component: Laboratory Required, Lecture Required. 3 units.
  • Introduction to Geomatics - Surveying and Mapping: 2980:100 - An introductory course into the field of surveying and mapping technology. Integrated topics include: types of surveys, cartography, and geographic information systems. Course Component: Lecture Required. 2 units.
  • Land Use Planning Methods - Geography and Planning: 3350:438/538 - Prerequisites: 340 and 405 or permission. Application of analytic and presentation techniques from cartography and geographic information systems to practical problems in geography and planning. Course Component: Laboratory Required, Lecture Required. 3 units.
  • Mapping the Earth - Geography and Planning: 3350:306 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and cartography, including Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and spatial databases. Course Component: Lecture Required. 3 units.

Associations and Professional Organizations

UA Department of Geography & Planning

Engineering and Science Technology Department