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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

This Subject Guide provides you with many GPS resources which can enable you to successfully use this technology for research or coursework.

About This Guide

This guide provides you with a collection of GPS resources that are available to you from the Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD).  The CSGD provides GPS hardware, training sessions & workshops, and project assistance to the campus community.   

This guide will help you:

  • Learn where and how to borrow GPS devices at the Kelvin Smith Library
  • Discover GPS web tools
  • Locate books and journals about GPS


What is GPS?

Per ESRI's online GIS Dictionary, GPS is an "acronym for Global Positioning System. A system of radio-emitting and -receiving satellites used for determining positions on the earth. The orbiting satellites transmit signals that allow a GPS receiver anywhere on earth to calculate its own location through trilateration. Developed and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, the system is used in navigation, mapping, surveying, and other applications in which precise positioning is necessary."  

GPS receivers can be used to collect position information which can be used for map making and geographic data analysis. They can also be used for fun recreational activities such as hiking and geocaching.

Learn more about how GPS works 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 GPS help or advice such as:

  • Starting your GPS project
  • Using GPS devices
  • Downloading and processing data collected on your GPS device 
  • Scheduling or registering for a training session

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