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Includes spatial data sources and mapping tools and support persons. Boston College supports several Geographic Information Systems software packages on campus.

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Boston College supports the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching, research and administrative projects. GIS is a database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data and related information.

To request a GIS class presentation or GIS consultation for a research project contact:

Barbara Mento
Constantin Andronache


The GIS Team will work with faculty members to customize GIS integration into courses and support research projects. Support includes identifying GIS data, assistance in developing maps for course material, overview and demonstration of  ArcGIS software and hands on workshops for smaller groups of students.

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Free Online Tutorials

Sign up for a free online tutorial from ESRI, producer of the ArcGIS software:

Getting Started with GIS (for ArcGIS 10)

Just create a free online account and go to this free 9 hour course.

Course description from website: This course provides a foundation for understanding what a geographic information system is and the possibilities it offers for discovering patterns, relationships, and trends. You will learn how GIS maps are different from other types of paper and digital maps, what makes the data used in a GIS unique, and how to use GIS software to obtain information and create meaningful maps. In interactive exercises and activities throughout the course, you will work with ArcGIS software and see how a GIS supports problem solving in many different contexts.

For  a full list of free ESRI courses go to the ESRI Training Catalog

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Barbara Mento
O'Neill 313