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Geographic Information System (GIS)

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a set of technological tools and data resources that enable the analysis of information based on geographic location. A GIS extends the functionality of a data set through the unique capabilities of mapping for visualizing and understanding information. While often associated with geography and engineering disciplines, GIS technology is increasingly being used in many fields including business/marketing, public administration, criminal justice and health sciences.

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GIS Services in the Library

The Learning Commons @ Perry Library offers 6 workstations equipped with ArcGIS software from ESRI for ODU students, faculty and staff working on GIS projects.

Staff at the Learning Commons Help Desk offer:

GIS information from the ODU Office of Computing and Communications Services is also available.

Remember that GIS projects can take some time, so plan ahead.

Contact Kathryn Boone (kboone@odu.edu) for more information.

Visit other GIS locations in Virginia:

Learn about GIS

  • ESRI Training: includes free and fee-based online training modules.

There are several sites currently offering easy-to-use, web-based interactive mapping. Check out the USGS National Atlas of the United States, National Geographic MapMachine and ESRI's ArcData Online.