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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This Subject Guide provides you with many GIS resources which can enable you to successfully use GIS for your research and coursework.

About This Guide

This guide provides you with a collection of geospatial resources that are available to you from the Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD).  The  CSGD 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
  • Locate books and journals about GIS
  • Discover opportunities for learning GIS


What is GIS?

Per ESRI's online GIS Dictionary, GIS is an "acronym for geographic information system. An integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships, and model spatial processes. A GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and analyzed."

GIS can be used for geographic analysis, map making, database management, and geospatial statistics. Some examples of ways  you can use GIS include:

  • Study the distribution of populations
  • Study physical features of the earth and natural phenomena
  • Find the optimal location for starting a business or locating an event
  • Identify markets to target
  • Identify geographic patterns like clustering
  • Determine the best routes or paths to follow
  • Tie together separate pieces of data to create new information
  • Create maps

Learn more about it and explore different ways you can use it at:                                                                    

Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data

The Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD) is located within the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship (FC) on the Main Floor of the Kelvin Smith Library. The Library is located at 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. 

Latitude: 41.507342 | Longitude: -81.609573

The Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD) may be used whenever the Freedman Center is open.

Need Help?

Contact Ann Holstein if you need any GIS help or advice such as:

  • Starting your GIS project
  • Installing ESRI's ArcGIS software
  • FInding and processing data 
  • Troubleshooting errors
  • Scheduling or registering for a training session

You may send questions via email or make an appointment for a consultation.