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Case Western Reserve University
11055 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7151
About This Guide
This guide provides you with a collection of geospatial resources that are available to you from the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship. The Freedman Center is the campus hub for GIS resources, including GIS data, training sessions & workshops, virtual tutorials, project assistance, and software support.
This guide will help you:
Access GIS software
Find GIS data
Discover opportunities to learn GIS
What is GIS?
GIS stands for geographic information system. It is an integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships, and model spatial processes.
GIS can be used for geographic analysis, map making, spatial digitization, and geospatial analysis. The Freedman Center offers a rich collection of books highlighting the potential uses of GIS. Such uses include:
Examine environmental phenomena
Identify geographic patterns in data and make predictions
Determine the best routes or paths to follow
Tie together separate pieces of data to create new information
Create and print maps for presentations and publications