"A Geographic Information System (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends" (Esri)
GIS allows us to answer complex questions about our environment, such as where to locate a new hospital or what areas are at greater risk of flooding. GIS can also help us provide insight into our data. For example, we can map socio-economic or demographic information by census geographies in order to help understand spatio-temporal trends. GIS can also be used as an information visualization tool, or to add spatial context to a research problem through a simple digital map.
Western Libraries can help get you started on your GIS journey. No matter your background, experience, or computer skills, we'll work with you towards incorporating GIS and digital mapping into your research.
Before reaching out, start thinking about what support you'll require from us: