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Geographic & Spatial Data Services

Geographic and Spatial Data Services is a part of Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons (G49). We provide support for locating spatial data and for basic use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software and tools.


GIS Workstations, Software, and Licensed Resources

The Digital Scholarship Commons in Hillman Library has a lab area with 12 workstations, each with a widescreen monitor and several GIS applications (ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Pro) installed.

There is also a separate workstation in the Digital Scholarship Commons dedicated to provide access to certain Pitt-only licensed spatial data resources, such as the Geolytics database.

Support for GIS and Spatial Analysis

In-person support is available during GIS Work Lab hours (see separate box on this page). For assistance with GIS or spatial information at other time, please start with the library's Ask Us email form.

Areas of support include:

  • Data Acquisition: help locating the data you need across a wide variety of data sources.
  • Storage and management:advice on data management and storage.
  • Analysis and Preparation: help geting started preparing and analyzing your geospatial data.
  • Mapping and Visualization: finding the most effective way to map and visualize your data for your needs.
  • Metadata: our metadata librarian can support adding and maintaining the metadata associated with your data.

Note: For technical support for installation or performance issues while running GIS software, please contact the CSSD Helpdesk.

GIS Work Lab in Hillman

GIS Work Lab


We have set aside several blocks of time each week for a GIS Work Lab in Hillman Library's Digital Scholarship Commons. During this time, several workstations with ArcGIS, QGis, and other spatial software will be reserved for GIS users. The work lab will also be staffed by GIS Student Assistants, who are there to provide support and consultation during lab hours.

You can schedule an appointment and find more information at:




Mondays: 9 am.–2 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesdays: Noon–2 p.m. and 4–9 p.m
Fridays: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sundays: Noon–5 p.m.

Related Guide

Check out the Geographic Information System (GIS) Resources - Oakland Campus guide for more help with GIS resources @ Pitt.