What is GIS?
“A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map. This enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships.” -National Geographic Society
What is GIS Day?
GIS Day is an international initiative intended to "help people learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making an impact on our society." There are events all over the world--not just at IU! If you're interested in learning more, you can visit gisday.com.
Who's involved with using GIS at IU?
There are several departments, individuals, and organizations on campus who offer GIS resources and information. We've compiled a brief overview below, but if you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I came to GIS Day in a previous year, and there was an in-person info fair. How will this be replicated in 2020?
Unfortunately, we won't be hosting an info fair this year--or any in-person events, for that matter. Instead, we've collected some helpful links, contacts, and resources for you below that we hope will assist with your exploration of GIS and other types of spatial analysis.
I'm interested in learning more about GIS as part of my degree. Are there IU classes I can take?
Yes! In fact, IU offers several programs dedicated to GIS. You can learn more through the Department of Geography's website.
Choosing a Digital Method: Mapping
Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (Mia Partlow)
What Can Mapping and Spatial Analysis Do for You?
Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (Kalani Craig and Daniel Story)
Core Concepts of GIS and Cartography
GIMMS (Theresa Quill)
CartoShop: Inviting Interdisciplinary Research through GIS Mapping Workshops
IU Libraries / GIMMS (Erika Jenns and Theresa Quill)
GIS Software and Data Sources for Research
UITS (Justin Peters)
Introduction to GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (Tom Evans)