Helping Faculty, Staff, and Students Leverage GIS
Geographic Information Systems are used to analyze statistical and descriptive data according to geographic characteristics. Some of the most well-known examples of GIS usage are the “Blue State/Red State” maps used during election years.
Different GIS systems serve different needs. Many professors in the humanities use Google Earth and the map extension of Simile Exhibit to link curriculum content to real locations for their students. Archaeologists and political scientists use ArcGIS software to map their statistical data spatially in order to analyze patterns and trends. GIS is currently being used by professionals in disciplines as diverse as college admissions, health and human services, utilities, and law enforcement to analyze data, troubleshoot problems, allocate resources, and improve services to citizens.
Below you will find links to the Spatial Data Center‘s lists of GIS resources on the web, as well as written tutorials to help you get started using GIS. If you have questions. or would like to schedule personal training sessions in order to learn to use ArcGIS software, please contact the Spatial Data Center staff: GIS Support Specialist, Lisa Jordan at (firstname.lastname@example.org) x3740.
GIS Data Resources
A list of online resources for finding data sets, shape files, and materials for incorporating GIS into your teaching and learning projects.
GIS Learning Resources
Links to interactive maps that can be used in the classroom. Learning resources also include free ESRI learning materials and tutorials written by Spatial Data Center staff specifically to meet the instructional needs of Drew faculty and staff.
GIS Map Projects at Drew
See how Drew faculty, staff, and students are using GIS to add spatial thinking into disciplines across the curriculum.
Spatial Data Center Services
A list of services offered by the Drew University Spatial Data Center faculty and staff.