Welcome! This guide is designed to assist students, researchers, and faculty using GIS at Washington University. As you conduct your research, please use these pages to keep up to date on GIS events on campus, new data acquisitions, and library resources for GIS.
GIS and Data Services are a unit within Washington University Libraries;
What is GIS?
The acronym GIS most commonly refers to Geographic Information Systems, the interconnected hardware, software, users, data, and procedures that together form a system for geospatial analysis. GIS can be used to study, analyze, and visualize any phenomenon that has a spatial component. If location plays a role in your research, GIS offers a way to include these spatial features in your analysis.