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Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS)



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

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

Thank you all for your GIS Contest Entries! Join us on April 24th in the O'Neill Library lobby to award the prized to our winners. 



Current Articles about GIS

Subject Guide


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.