Geospatial data, often called Spatial Analysis, is the application of analytic techniques to a research problem when location is a significant or interesting aspect of the research question. This is useful for researchers who are trying to understand the location of things, if and how they relate, what that relationship means, and if actions can be taken.
The Library provides support for the popular geographic information system (GIS) software package ArcGIS by ESRI. For information on acquiring and installing the software, please visit the ESRI ArcGIS page on the Computing and Communication Services (CCS) website.
To determine which version of ArcGIS you are using, open any ArcGIS application (e.g. ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, etc.). The version number will appear on the splash screen (i.e. the image that appears while the application is loading.)
The Library offers workshops on a number of GIS and geospatial data-related topics every semester. Samples of workshop topics are listed below. To see the current semester's availability, please visit our list of upcoming workshops and events.
ESRI, the makers of ArcGIS, offer online courses through their website. These courses are available free of charge to all University of Guelph students, faculty, and staff.
To see a partial listing of courses available, visit the CCS Software Distribution Site.
Click on Search by Publishers and choose ESRI Virtual Campus.
To see a complete listing of all courses, visit the ESRI Virtual Campus Course Catalog.