GIS as a Tool for Research and Instruction, Part 1

Date Released: 4 August 2016

A picture is worth a thousand words, and so holds true for maps.  Displaying data and statistics on maps allows trends and interrelationships to be revealed that would be very difficult to discover in tabular format.  Much data and statistics have a spatial (where) component, which lends it to be quantified, analyzed, and displayed through GIS (geographic information systems).  Addresses, census tracts, place names, and longitude/latitude are examples of spatial location.  This technology is used at CWRU to create maps and analyze data, from undergraduates working on class projects to faculty and graduate research, why aren’t you?  GIS is a versatile research tool and powerful teaching aid that can be used in almost any discipline.

During this UCITE event, Ann Holstein (Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, KSL) will introduce you to GIS and show examples of how you can use it for your research or incorporate it into your teaching.  The following day you may opt to attend a hands-on workshop to experience the power of GIS and explore some of its capabilities to display and analyze spatial data.

Join us for that session on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend this session by replying to this email or sending a message to