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Geographic Information Systems: A guide to learning and using GIS at Temple University
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"Geographic Information Science is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the computational, cognitive, and visual representation and analysis of geospatial information. It encompasses topics such as geographic information systems (GIS), environmental remote sensing (RS), cartography, spatial statistics, and spatial cognition. A related focus is the application of geospatial technologies and methods to fields such as archaeology, demography, and hydrology." From GIS at Temple University

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GIS Reference Assistance

If you have a GIS project or are considering a GIS project and need assistance, contact the GIS librarian at Paley Library, Gregory McKinney. The librarian can discuss with you whether your research project has a spatial component and whether it would benefit from spatial analysis; inform you of available GIS software and resources on campus and assist you in using it; and discuss with you the data you will need for your project and assist in collecting and preparing it for your project. Contact the librarian by telephone or email to set up an appointment for a consultation about your project in his office.

Users of GIS, especially advanced GIS users, should also consider contacting David Ford at the Social Sciences Data Laboratory, a highly competent user of GIS, informed by a comprehensive understanding of the data, who provides consultations to students about "how to make maps that display your research results in an understandable way." The staff at SSDL can provide guidance in how to display nformation about the Philadelphia area for different geographic units, "including county, zip code, neighborhood, census tract, and, within Philadelphia, individual property". Contact David or another staff member at the SSDL by email (, telephone (215- 204-5001) or by request form.

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Gregory McKinney
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Paley Library
Room: 221
1210 W. Polett Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-4581
Fax: 215-204-5201
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