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.”
GIS Resources at Williams
Courses with GIS Modules
- ENVI/GEOS 214 - Remote Sensing and GIS a lecture/lab class taught Spring semester only.
- ENVI 102 - Introduction to Environmental Science has a GIS Module.
- ENVI 302 - Environmental Planning Workshop has a GIS introductory module.
- 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
Resources on the Web
- MASS GIS Site
- ESRI Data
- USGS EROS Center
- USGS Earth Explorer (Landsat) Site
- U.S. Census Bureau Tiger Line Files
- U.S. Census Bureau Census Data
Interactive Online Maps
- Google Earth
- Oliver (MassGIS state site)
- Bing Maps
- National Geographic MapMaker Interactive
- Google Maps
- NationalAtlas Map Maker
- Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
- Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections
- David Rumsey Historical Collection
- Library of Congress
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia
Maps and Interactive Geography Tools
For more information, contact Sharron Macklin, Instructional Technology.