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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This guide is for UBC Library Geospatial Services and Resources.

What is in this Guide?

This guide contains an overview of what Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is, what you can do with GIS, and the kinds of GIS related services available at the library. This guide can also help you get started with your GIS research, data management, or course work. You will find a variety of resources from UBC libraries, government agencies, and third party providers that can assist you in your work or research question.

Below is an overview of what you can find in each of the pages of this guide:

The Getting Started tab provides a basic introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data.

The Data Sources tab contains pages with links to geospatial data sources by location and subject. 

The Search Strategies tab tells you how to find, evaluate, and access data sets online. 

The Labs and Software tab tells you how to find out more about the GIS facilities and software at UBC, including getting access to ArcGIS and the GIS lab in Koerner library.

The Cite Data tab contains information about how to cite geospatial data, maps, atlases, and more.

The Training Resources tab contains additional training resources, such as books, courses, and videos.

GIS Services at UBC

The UBC Library provides access to GIS resources, including data, software, online courses and support. There is a GIS lab on the 2nd floor of Koerner library. For more information on the GIS lab see here.

We can assist you with locating and acquiring geospatial data; subsetting data and converting it into different formats; recommending GIS and mapping tools, and learning more about using GIS software.

We can also assist faculty and instructors by creating and facilitating workshops and other learning materials on finding geospatial data for your students.

For assistance or to find out more about our services there are specialized librarians who can assist you. See below for more information on who to contact for specific kinds of questions:

If you have questions about GIS and data or need assistance with Abacus contact:

Paul Lesack, Data/GIS Analyst

If you have questions about maps or GIS, or a related workshop or class session contact:

Evan Thornberry, GIS Librarian | Schedule appointment

Maya Daurio, GIS Graduate Academic Assistant
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