GIS (Geographical Information Systems) at Reed



A wide range of self-paced online trainings are available through ESRI's Virtual Campus. You can sign up for some of these classes on your own; for others, you'll need some help from us to sign up. Trainings focused on ArcMap (desktop ArcGIS) require ArcGIS software, so you will probably need to take them on campus.


The two most common desktop GIS software systems are ArcGIS (proprietary, Windows-only) and QGIS (open source, free, cross-platform). Both systems have similar analytical capabilities and features.

Faculty -- and students conducting research projects for faculty -- may access ArcGIS in the mLab in the ETC. For faculty, CUS can install a keyless copy of ArcGIS on your Windows computer (or the Windows side of your Mac computer using Bootcamp). 

For access to ArcGIS training materials and/or full access to ArcGIS Online, contact Kristin Bott.

Additional mapping and analytical tools are available online, including dropchop (a data-first GIS from the folks at CUGOS), ArcGIS Online, GIS Cloud, and Indiemapper. Keep an eye on Mapbox, Mapzen, and Stamen for exciting advancements in spatial analysis and beautiful maps.  

We'd love to hear your suggestions about other useful sites to add to this list!

NITLE Geospatial Studies Initiative (a collection of resources that are particularly relevant to GIS at liberal arts colleges)
GIS Data Depot (free and moderately priced geographic data)

Tiger Data (U.S. street files)
Google's LatLong blog (news about Google Earth and Google Maps)
GIS and Science
GIS Featured Websites (Stanford)
Index of free/open-source GIS resources
OpenLayers (Javascript library for web-based mapping applications)
MapServer (platform for publishing maps and data on the web) (local news aggregation)
ESRI (GIS and mapping software, including ArcGIS)
Illustrated Guide to Nonprofit GID and Online Mapping (includes a brief introduction to both mapping and GIS along with examples and reviews)
A Gentle Introduction to GIS (PDF aimed at educators to understand and utilize GIS.  From Quantum GIS)
GIS Cloud (world's first full featured web-based GIS - free trials available by request)


If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about GIS at Reed, contact Kristin Bott, associate director of instructional technology services.