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GIS: Geographic Information Systems

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

What is GIS?

Geospatial information science, or geographic information systems (GIS), is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing spatial data. Applications of GIS span a wide variety of disciplines - from Engineering to Humanities.


We can help you with mapping, spatial analysis, finding spatial datasets, and general troubleshooting. We are available to meet one-on-one or in groups. Send us an email to get support today!


Contact Us:

Méch Frazier         GIS Specialist 847.491.8305

Kelsey Rydland     Head of Digital Scholarship


Spatial Contexts

When discussing spatial data and analysis, it's important to consider and acknowledge the histories, traditional territories, and peoples of the landscapes we study.


Northwestern University Libraries is located on the original homelands of the Council of Three Fires (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi communities).


We encourage you to explore the interactive map below hosted by