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GIS: Geographic Information Systems: About GIS Services

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

About GIS Services

What is GIS?

Geospatial information science, or geographic information system (GIS), is a "framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data (Esri, 2019)."  There are many applications of GIS, spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Some examples include:



Northwestern University Library (NUL), independently and in partnership with other units, consults with and educates to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can pursue their research using an array of geospatial data, methods, analysis, and visualization tools.  NUL cultivates an institutional environment of experts to maximize NU geospatial resources.