Office for Information Technology

Geographic Information Systems

What is GIS?

“A geographic information system (GIS), is a system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages and presents data with reference to geographic location data. In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis and database technology.”

- wikipedia

GIS Resources at Williams

GIS Labs

Courses with GIS Modules

Available Software

  • ESRI products including ArcGIS 10.0, ArcPad 10 and ArcGIS Explorer desktop are available on all OIT imaged lab computers or can be loaded on faculty/staff machines upon request, contact Sharron Macklin, Instructional Technology.
  • Clark Labs  IDRISI Taiga available only in the GIS labs.
  • Trimble products including Pathfinder Office 3.0 available in the GIS labs.
  • Research Systems Inc.  ENVI Runtime 4.8 available in the GIS labs, 25 licenses total.
  • Global Mapper Software LLC products including Global Mapper 12 available in the GIS labs.
  • ERDAS Imagine version 11.03.1 available in the GIS labs.
  • ExpertGPS available in the GIS labs.

Local Data Resources (campus only)

  • ESRI Data (\\Athena\ESRIDATA)
  • National Geographic Topo™ data for New England, NY, Colorado
    (\\Athena\STATEDATA)

Resources on the Web

Data Sources

Interactive Online Maps

Ready-Made Maps

Maps and Interactive Geography Tools

For more information, contact Sharron Macklin, Instructional Technology.

GIS Job Announcements!