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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.

New: Social Explorer with Historical Census data

Social Explorer is a research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. 


Tenth Annual GIS Contest Information Flyer 2019

GIS Day Contest flyer

It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the Tenth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College:


The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card went to:

Aleksandra Ostojic, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, graduate prize: “Sedimentation Patterns in Nauset Marsh, MA”.

Zoe Fanning ‘20, International Studies; Ethics and International Social Justice, MCAS , undergraduate prize: “The Impact of Armed Conflict on Health Care Provision and Health Systems in Syria”.


The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, went to:

Krisztina Horvath, Economics, MCAS, graduate prize: “Adverse Selection in Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Spatial Analysis”.

Kaylie Daniels ‘19,Political Science, MCAS , undergraduate prize: ”Socioeconomic Status as an Indicator of Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Prevalence in Youth Aged 4-17”.


The third place award of a $25 Amazon Gift Card went to:

Shannon Crowley, Curriculum & Instruction, Lynch School of Education, graduate prize: “Using ArcGIS to Supplement Regression: Analysis of SPED Student Performance”.

Grace Harrington ‘19, Psychology, MCAS,  undergraduate prize: “Social Determinants of Mental Health in Tamil Nadu, India”.


Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality.  Special consideration was given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as environmental issues. The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 24th, 2019  at 3:00 p.m. in the O’Neill Lobby.


Past winning posters can be found in the university Institutional Repository,  eScholarship@BC at, under the category Juried Student Work. The entries of our newest winners will join this distinguished group.  


Special thanks to the contest judges:

Rudolph Hon, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Enid Karr,  Science Librarian; Anna Kijas, Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian; Allison Xu, Data & Visualization Librarian and Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian



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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:

Jiebei Luo
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.