Research Guides

GIS Resources at the University Libraries

GIS Consultations 2023
Richter Library: Digital Scholar's Lab

The Digital Scholar’s Lab is located on the third floor of Richter Library in Room 344 near the elevators. It houses 24 PC workstations with GIS, and Data Analysis/ Visualization software installed (ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, R, RStudio, SAS, SPSS, NVivo, Tableau and others).

In person GIS and Data consultations will resume on 08/21/2023.

The lab is available for use during Library operations hours. 

GIS Consultants

Cameron Riopelle

GIS News
July 5, 2022: Planet 15 TB imagery subscription acquired

PlanetScope 3 meter image of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii 06/24/2022
UM Libraries have purchased a 15 TB subscription to download up to 15 TB of Planet satellite imagery for the next year.  The satellite imagery consists primarily of PlanetScope 3 meter spatial resolution imagery with daily temporal resolution and up to 8 bands with a worldwide terrestrial scope.  See more information about this product from Planet.  Contact UM GIS Services Librarian Abraham Parrish to obtain a subscription account.

Feb. 23, 2022:  Data Axle US Consumer (Residential) Historical Dataset Acquired

The Data Axle US Consumer Historical Dataset has been acquired by UM Libraries for use across the University.  The dataset includes annually organized tables of addresses and resident attributes for the entire United States for 2006 through 2020.  Access the dataset here.
COVID 19 (Coronavirus) GIS Resources

ESRI Corona Virus GIS Dashboard to Track Prevalence

Corona Virus Impact Planning Reports from ESRI's Business Analyst Online

Landscan Global Population now available at UM

September 13, 2016

UM Library has recently purchased the LandScan Global Population data set from East View covering every year from 2000 to 2015. The data sets are raster based at 1 km resolution and can be accessed online at:

WMS and WCS services for these data sets can also be accessed directly from your GIS software (such as ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS Pro).  To access via ArcGIS Pro, open the software and go to Insert>Connections>Server>New WCS/WMS Server and enter either for a WCS server or for a WMS server type.

For WMS/WCS service address, replace "2000" with the data year you would like access. For example, to access 2006 data WMS, use
The WCS service layer can be exported to a local raster in ArcGIS Pro for additional analysis.

El Camino del Cimarron
June 17, 2016

See this new interactive map called El Camino del Cimarron on ArcGIS online chronicling a 12-day trek through central Cuba by FIU Prof. Guillermo Grenier to promote the story of runaway slave Esteban Montejo written about in Miguel Barnet's 1966 book The Biography of a Runaway Slave:

Free Online Training for ArcGIS Products
The Esri website provides training -- online courses, videos, workshops and webinars -- for their ArcGIS products. UM faculty, staff and students are eligible for the following Premium Courses for no charge.  Send a message to to obtain an ESRI institutional account to gain access to free courses available through our maintenance site license.

Getting Starting with ArcGIS Pro , a five and a half hour self-paced online course, is a great place to start.

An Esri training specialist is available to discuss your training needs and make training recommendations. Call 800-447-9778, ext. 5757 or send an e-mail to
Other GIS Applications
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program.

GeoDa is a software package that conducts spatial data analysis, geovisualization, spatial autocorrelation, and spatial modeling.

GRASS GIS is software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.

OpenGeo Suite powers web, mobile, and desktop applications across the enterprise. Built on leading open source software – including PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, OpenLayers, and QGIS – OpenGeo Suite optimizes standards-based technology for organizations large and small.

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free, editable map of the world.

Q GIS is an open source program that allows you to visualize, manage, edit, analyze data, and compose printable maps.

Simply Analytics Simply Analytics, a subscription based GIS platform (UM Libraries provides this product for student/faculty use) uses the latest technology to provide better performance, faster maps, improved reliability, and powerful new features. Shapefiles are available for download to use in other software. 
GIS Mapping Application for UM Users
ArcGIS Software:

ArcGIS Pro is a comprehensive geographic information system used for creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database. 

The University has entered into a site license for ArcGIS Pro. For faculty and staff to download ArcGIS, first request an ArcGIS Online account from the GIS Services Librarian. Once an account is obtained, ArcGIS Pro software can be downloaded from ArcGIS Online by clicking your username in the upper right corner then selecting My Settings>Licenses>ArcGIS Pro>Download.
GIS Day 2022. Geography and Resilience.


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Program, November 16, 2022

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Welcome
  • José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Charles Eckman, Dean and University Librarian
  • Leonidas Bachas: Dean, College of Arts and Science
  • Jorge Quintela: Instruction and Engagement Data Librarian, University of Miami Libraries
 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Round Table
  • Haoluan Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Liza Khmara, Abess Center for Ecosystem and Policy. Do protected areas constrain local economic development in the United States? A spatial analysis.
  • Larissa Montas Bravo, College of Engineering. Spatial analysis of satellite-based AOD and ground-based measurements to evaluate oil spill effects on coastal air quality. 
  • Abraham K. Parrish, University of Miami Libraries. Integrated Climate Risk Assessment for Miami Dade County
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker
  • Justin Stoler, Associated Professor, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Sheila Steinberg, Professor, University of Massachusetts Global, Creating Resilient Communities Across Geographies
2:15 pm – 3 pm:  Digital Exhibit. Presentations.
  • Jorge Quintela, Instruction and Engagement Librarian, University of Miami Libraries.
  • TBD


GIS Day 2022 Virtual Symposium has been organized in four Zoom Webinars. Each Webinar requires a separate registration via Eventbrite. Please see below Eventbrite links for registration:
  1. Welcome & Opening Remarks:
  2. Roundtable Discussions:
  3. Keynote Speaker:
  4. Digital Exhibit. Presentations:

Miami Little River Area Adaptation Plan
Creator: Chang Li. Graduate student. MPS. Urban sustainability and resilience.
Digital media: ArcGIS StoryMap

Description: The project is funded by ULINK. The data were collected by the author using ArcGIS collector on site. This work provides data support for sea level rise defenses in the Miami Little River Creek Watershed.

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Resident Well-Being in SMART City Metrics
Creators: Rajvi Shah and Gladiz Velez. Students.  BS in Geography and Sustainable Development | BA in Ecosystem Science and Policy
Digital media: ArcGIS StoryMap 

Description: This project applies a disparity-oriented focus to promote human-centered solutions to smart city planning efforts. For five metropolitan areas (San Jose, Miami, New York, Denver, and Seattle) we explored three smart city domains (socioeconomics, public transit access, and digital divide), identified candidate indicators for each domain using publicly available data, and mapped composite measures generated using principal components analysis. The study identifies areas that may be most and least likely to benefit from smart city investments. Reorienting solutions can ultimately increase community equity and engagement in urban life.

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The Legacy of Sofía Ímber Barú, Venezuelan Cultural Icon A bilingual exhibit (English/Spanish)
Creators: Martin Tsang (Curator of Latin American Collections, UML, and Lourdes Johnson, independent archivist working on the Sofía Ímber Collection.
Digital media: ArcGIS StoryMap.

Description: This storymap explores the life and legacy of Sofía Ímber Barú, a Venezuelan cultural figure who was a journalist, art critic, and museum curator. Ímber was the founder of the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas, which she led for almost 30 years. Ímber's personal archive is located in Venezuela and is currently being digitized in a post custodial initiative undertaken by the University of Miami Libraries. A SubjectsPlus guide accompanies the StoryMap

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SMART Cities
Creators: Rajvi Shah and Gladiz Velez. Students.  BS in Geography and Sustainable Development | BA in Ecosystem Science and Policy
Digital media: ArcGIS StoryMap 

Description: This project assesses the smartness of a city utilizing existing data on set indicators (Safety, Mobility, Access, Residency, and Technology). For five metropolitan statistical areas (San Francisco-Oakland, New York City, and Miami), we explored these indicators using publicly available data and mapped median household income to create a bivariate visualization. The study attempts to identify whether the indicators are spread throughout the region in an equitable manner by analyzing the distribution of capital. We would also to acknowledge that this project was a result of our GIS 1 Class (GEG 310).

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Identifying Hazards related to Earthquake in Downtown San Diego, California
Creators: Tarah Jeannot, Swathi Shantharaju, Ricardo Gonzalez and Inam Lalani. Graduate students (Construction Mangement, Civil Engineering master's program, and PhD in Aerospace Engineering).
Digital media: PDF Poster.

Description: In this project we to assessed risk and hazard locations in relation to populations, property, and natural resources ​in San Diego, we integrated data and enabling understanding of the scope of an emergency to manage an incident ​and recommended preventive and mitigating solutions.

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Water insecurity and children
Creator: Giulia Torrico. Student. Global Health Studies.
Digital media: ArcGIS StoryMap

Description: By looking beyond the conventionally limited lens of microbial infections and diarrhea, this review broadens our thinking of the social and health costs of water insecurity on children across three domains: interruptions to growth and development, negative social effects, and other non-communicable health issues.

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GIS Based Analysis of Hazards and Risks in Puerto Rico
Creators: Andres Aguilar, Daniel Curiel and Tejan Joshi. Students. CAE 744 Risk Management and Resilience Course
Digital media: PDF Poster.

Description: Disasters and emergencies have been increasing all over the world. The importance of the technical and scientific communities in providing general people with proper information against the consequences of natural disasters has come under more attention in recent years. Thanks to technology innovation, tools like Geographic information systems (GIS) can assist us in reducing impacts and identifying high-risk locations. The goal of this study was to use a GIS-based methodology to identify high risk locations for flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and, with the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), evaluate the impact before and after a hurricane.

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Land Based Temperature Differences in Hurricane Impacted Communities
Creators:  Samuele Lanfranchi, Christopher Gomez and Austin Perry. Students. CAE 744 Risk Management and Resilience Course.
Digital media: PDF Poster.

Description:  When managing risk in disaster impacted areas, controlling both the upside and downside risk is desirable. Using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tool, we can identify and quantify the land-based temperature changes in a post hurricane impacted area. For this study, identifying the temperature changes after Hurricane Ian can provide an insight and potential time window for shifts in rescue operations tempo for emergency first responders, citizens, and community leaders. Data were obtained from Ft. Myers Airport weather stations.

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Your Florida GIS Portal
Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL)
When you are starting on a spatial project located in Florida you should start with this portal. This will save you time and effort as most of the other Florida resources we have listed for you on this page can be searched through this site. 

FGDL is a mechanism for distributing spatial (GIS) data throughout the state of Florida. The FGDL is warehoused and maintained at the University of Florida's GeoPlan Center.
Florida County & City Data
Florida County & City Data from University of Florida sorted by county.
It is a links list, and is constantly updating.
UM Geography Club on tour of Miami

                                                        Photo by George H. Houck IV
Florida GIS Libraries
Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL) The Florida Geographic Data Library is a collection of Geospatial Data compiled by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center with support from the Florida Department of Transportation. GIS data available in FGDL is collected from various state, federal, and other agencies ("data sources") who are data stewards, originators, producers, or publishers. The data sources are listed in each data layer's metadata as the Data Originator or Content Publisher. Land Boundary Information System (LABINS) The Land Boundary Information System (LABINS) began in 1984 as a means for distributing survey-related data that is maintained and managed by federal and state agencies to the general surveying community. Central Florida Geographic Information Systems (CFGIS) CFGIS is a program of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and is serving Central Florida since 2001. The CFGIS coverage consists of 10 counties: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Polk, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties. 

University of Florida Digital Collections (George A Smathers Libraries)
The University of Florida Map & Digital Imagery Library houses the largest and most complete collection of Florida aerial photographs (~160,000 photos) outside of the National Archives.

Florida International University (FIU) Since its establishment in 1998, the FIU Library Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center has been supporting research and teaching in many academic units, including Engineering, Computing and Information Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, Public Health, and Global & Sociocultural Studies. MIUS collections include printed and digital maps, imagery and other GIS data.
Florida State Agency Data Sources

The links in this guide are for your convenience. All of this data is available through the FGDL link available on the top left of this page. This FGDL is the geoportal you should be using if your study falls within Florida. However, we know you may want to see the data in the context of the government entity that is providing the data and that is what this list is for. As these governments agencies are currently migrating their GIS data to FGDL the links on their own pages will go dead. We will update links as we find them or you may report them to Thank you for understanding this guide is currently dynamic. *UPDATED 12/15/13*

Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) Collects, analyzes and generates economic and demographic data on Florida and its local areas. They conduct economic and demographic research that will inform public policy and business decision making. 

Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) FNAI must be cited as the source of these data in all reports and products making use of these data.
Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA)
Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC)
Florida Department of Education (FDOE)
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR)
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FFWCC (FWC & FWRI)
Florida Legislature Office of Economic & Demographic Research (EDR)
Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI)
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Global GIS Data Bundle -- for UM Users
The Global GIS Data Bundle is available to UM users in the box below this one. 

It contains:
  • A set of 506 US military 1:500,000 scale TPCs (Tactical Pilotage Charts–scanned topographic/aeronautical maps), GeoTiff file format, Geo WGS84 (a small number of far-North sheets are natively Polar Stereographic)
  • SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) 3 arc second (approx. 90m) DEM (Digital Elevation Model), covers the World from Latitude 57 South – 61 North, .bil file format, Geo WGS84 (also includes hydrology vectors used for editing of the DEM data)
  • SRTM 30 arc second (approx. 1km) global DEM made from SRTM and GTOPO30
  • Landsat 7 ETM 15m 7-4-2 GeoCover 2000 (1999 – 2003) worldwide satellite imagery, MrSID wavelet compressed file format, UTM WGS84
  • Landsat 4/5 TM 30m 7-4-2 GeoCover 1990 (1988 – 1992) near-worldwide worldwide satellite imagery, MrSID wavelet compressed file format, UTM WGS84
  • VMAP0 worldwide 1:1,000,000 scale vector data (near-worldwide coverage, varies by layer), ESRI .shp and MapInfo .TAB file formats, Geo WGS84.
    This is the update of the DCW.
  • World Vector Shoreline Plus 1:250,000 scale vector data of the World’s coastlines and international borders boundaries, ESRI .shp file format, Geo WGS84

These sets are not in their raw form and have been converted to SHP or other formats that can readily be used in ArcView and other common GIS programs.  All datasets include .shp indexes except VMAP0 and WVS, which aren’t tiled, and SRTM30 which is organized by large lat/long blocks.


All data is the copyrighted property of LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC. Land Info grants customer a license to distribute data on an isolated non-commercial basis, or as Derived Works. Derived works that include the source data must be merged with other value-added data in such a way that the derived work can’t be converted back to the original source data format. Other Derived Works that don’t include the source data (vector extraction, classification etc.) have no restrictions on use and distribution. An unlimited license is granted for media use, provided that the following citation is used: “map data courtesy”

UM Global Data Server
Tactical Pilotage Charts:
A UM source for an alternate to basemaps when you do not want to rely on online availability.
   1990 Tactical Pilotage Charts
   2000 Tactical Pilotage Charts
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission:
   SRTM 30 arc second AsciiGrid global DEM
   SRTM 30 arc second Bil global DEM
   SRTM 30 arc second global DEM
​Landsat Imagery
   Landsat 7 ETM 15m 7-4-2 GeoCover 2000 (1999 - 2003)
   Landsat 4/5 TM 30m 7-4-2 GeoCover 1990 (1988 - 1992)
 Vector Files
   VMAP0 worldwide 1:1,000,000 scale vector data
   World Vector Shoreline Plus 1:250,000 scale vector data
Global Data Sources

Alexandria Digital Library 
The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) is a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials.
This ASTER product is available at no charge for any user pursuant to an agreement between METI and NASA.
Resources for crowd-sourced street and other infrastructure features throughout the world.
EarthExplorer (USGS)
This is your first source for US acquired imagery. Most of the data is free. Remote Sensing students should start their projects here. 
ESRI Online Map & Geoservices
This link serves as a reminder for you to use all the data available to you for free in the ArcMap program. Remember,
FAO's Aquastat spatial data
Maps of hydrological basins and rivers, downloadable in .png format.
Global Administrative Areas (GADM)
Administrative areas in this database are countries and lower level subdivisions such as provinces, departments, bibhag, bundeslander, daerah istimewa, fivondronana, krong, landsvæðun, opština, sous-préfectures, counties, and thana.
USGS GloVis Global Visualization Viewer (does not work with Firefox)
International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)
LandsatLook Viewer (USGS)
An alternative way to look for dates with suitable imagery. EarthExplorer (USGS) is a better source for all imagery.
NGA GEOnet Name Server (GNS)
What's in a name? Solve your map naming issues with this site. The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) is the official repository of standard spellings of all foreign geographic names, sanctioned by the United States Board on Geographic Names (US BGN). The database also contains variant spellings (cross-references), which are useful for finding purposes, as well as non-Roman script spellings of many of these names. All the geographic features in the database contain information about location, administrative division, and quality. The database can be used for a variety of purposes, including establishing official spellings of foreign place names, cartography, GIS, GEOINT, and finding places.
United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Data Explorer
The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments.
United Nations Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB)
This platform is developed in collaboration with and validated by the National Mapping Agencies (NMA) of each UN Member State and results in a database which contains: National Mapping Agencies contact information, coded historic changes starting from 1990 for the 1st sub national level and from 2000 for the 2nd sub national level, seamless GIS maps corresponding to the different situations observed since January 2000.
World Bank Project & Operations Maps
This is a visual guide to the use of maps used by the World Bank and can help give you ideas on your own projects. The site promotes a mapping for results approach. 
WorldClim - Global Climate Data
WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer. 

United States Spatial Data

Note that only datasets marked as "Federal" are subject to the U.S. Federal Government and's Data Policy. Non-federal participants (e.g., universities, organizations, and tribal, state, and local governments) maintain their own data policies. It is important that users understand the data policies of participating entities in order to best utilize these datasets. A description of this catalog and information about the datasets presented and associated metrics is available here.

These maps are already identified by regional planners as necessary and usable. They are from data sets usable at the national level. Most are already in use for planning. The site is overwhelming for some so you may want to start with the Search bar. When you are having trouble finding data from other sources this may be the one place that data in some form may be found. We recommend using this link broken down by Department of the United States Government. Click on and search within the Department of the government. 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
These data sets were not necessarily collected for the purpose of mapping or conducting spatial analysis; therefore users may have to do additional work to make these collections compatible with their particular GIS. Please note that this is a static list updated monthly by NACJD staff. Users should also check the Recent Updates and Additions link on the Download Data page to see the most recent data collections added to the archive.

National Atlas:
In the National Atlas Map Maker, you can assemble, view, and print your own maps. You can choose from hundreds of layers of geographic information to make maps. Each map layer can be displayed individually or mixed with others as you tailor a map to your needs. For example, you can make a map showing America's streams and lakes. And you can add new map layers showing additional geographic information, such as state boundaries, county boundaries, roads, railroads, and towns and cities. This not currently a download site but will serve well for people not familiar with GIS technology. 

National Library of Medicine TOXMAP
Chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from theEPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the SuperfundNational Priorities List (NPL).Click on in the upper left to access data. The site is being upgraded so if you experience any difficulty while using assistive technology or accessing information while on the TOXMAP web site, please contact NLOM via email or call them at (301) 496-1131. 

NESDIS at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS—informally known as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service—acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers. The four main data sets are broken out below.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The Dynamic Maps, Geographic Information System (GIS) Data and Analysis Tools website provides maps, data and tools for renewable energy resources that determine which energy technologies are viable solutions in domestic and international regions.

National Wetlands Inventory *COMING SOON 2014*
This national geospatial data product will contribute substantially to improved modeling of flow and water movement in surface water basins, channels, and wetlands. The old site has been removed, you can use the UN version under Global Data till the new site is up and running.

UPDATE 12/15/13 Some data is now available using through the left margin of the page. 

USDA, FSA National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)​
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition.


USGS National Map
Use The National Map Viewer and Download Platform to visualize, inspect, and download our most current topographic base map data and products for free. 
Census Data

Census Boundaries

TIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas. The Census Bureau offers several file types and an online mapping application. Our products are:   The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of more than fifty high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2011. The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.
Workshops Description
GIS Data Workshops are intended to introduce or improve one’s knowledge of the process of performing spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems software as a tool.  As UM has a site license for ArcGIS software, it is the main software used to teach spatial analysis for this workshop series. 

Workshops typically consist of two-hour sessions that take a sample research topic/question and walks through how to acquire, convert, analyze, and display spatial data related to the topic. The aim of these workshops is learning through problem-solving. 

These workshops are not intended to be comprehensive in nature nor intended to replace or substitute any GIS courses offered at UM.  They introduce the GIS resources offered by the Library which include one-on-one GIS consultations, additional training online, and GIS data acquisition/access.

Workshops labeled Open Workshop are part of the Utilizing GIS Data Workshop series.  Workshops labeled with course numbers are specifically for that course as a course support/augmented workshop.
GIS Workshop Resources
Digital Humanities Institute Jan. 21st GIS Workshop
Cuba Tutorial & Data
  This workshop will introduce you to ArcGIS Online, the ESRI's cloud-based mapping and analysis platform. You will learn how to create interactive maps; how to add, manage, and share content; and how to perform basic spatial analysis procedures with your data. Participants should register in advance to receive the required ArcGIS Online credentials before the session starts. Contact Dr. Jorge Quintela to obtain the credentials. Documentation available at the Data Services Workshops page. Workshop is only offered to UM students, faculty and staff.

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  • Introduction to ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App (Date TBA)
In this introductory workshop you will learn how to access a wide variety of demographic, consumer spending, and business data, aggregated at different geographic levels, and how to generate presentation-ready reports, infographics, and maps. A basic understanding of ArcGIS Online is required. Participants should register in advance to receive the required ArcGIS Online credentials before the session starts. Contact Dr. Jorge Quintela to obtain the credentials. Documentation available at the Data Services Workshops page. Workshop is only offered to UM students, faculty and staff.

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  • Course Tutorials and Custom Workshops

The GIS staff, including Abraham Parrish (GIS Librarian) and Dr. Jorge Quintela (GIS and Data Specialist), provide instructional support for courses that use GIS software and methods. To schedule course tutorials or custom workshops, contact Abraham Parrish (

Past GIS Workshops and Course Tutorials

ECS 301: (ArcGIS Online, Web Apps) Adding, Vizualizing, Interpolating, and Printing GIS Data

ARC 585/685: (ArcGIS Pro)
Workshop 1: Brickell Site Data   Tutorial 1
Workshop 2: Brickell Site Vector   Tutorial 2
Workshop 3: Brickell Site 3D   Tutorial 3
Workshop 4: Brickell Site IE      Weather Data: NCEI_NOAA_Data   Tutorial 4
Workshop 5: Brickell Site Output   Tutorial 5

GEG 410:  GIS II Data (ArcGIS Pro)

             Tutorial:  Insights Tutorial
South Florida NonIndigenous Aquatic Species
           Dataset: Miami 311 Service Requests
  • Open Workshop: Creating Raster Digital Elevation Models from LIDAR Data Using ArcGIS Pro (Fall 2018)
            Tutorial:  LIDAR Tutorial
            Dataset:  LIDAR Workshop Data
  • Open Workshop: Introduction to R Visualizing and Managing Geospatial Data (Fall 2018)
  • Open Workshop: Distribution Analysis with Population Data (Fall 2018)
              Dataset:  Population Distribution
  • Open Workshop: Developing Conservation Strategies for Florida's Forests (Fall 2018)
  • Open Workshop: ESRI Insights for Marine Science (Fall 2018)
              Dataset: South Florida NonIndigenous Aquatic Species             EPA Toxic Release Inventory
            FCDS Cancer Data
            Miami Dade Food Hygiene
            Miami Dade Schools

            Health Data

            EPH 623

            Crime Data
Digitized Map Sites
Old Maps Online:  a resource combining over 400,000 digitized maps from collections all over the world.

Example of time-series study with Daytona Beach topo maps:
Daytona Beach 24K 1952
Daytona Beach 24K 1980
Daytona Beach 24K 1993

United States Geological Survey:
Over 100K modern and historic scanned topographic maps of the United States.
USGS Map Locator & Downloader

Yale University Beinecke Library Digital Maps: thousands of antique scanned maps.

Library of Congress:
Digital Collection with over 15,000 scanned maps.

Source for GIS data and scanned maps from a consortium of dozens of Universities & Organizations.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:
Detailed scale maps mostly of United States towns & cities c. 1880-1930
Michigan State guide to Sanborns
Connecticut Sanborns
NYPL Sanborns & similar type atlases
Historic Sanborn overlay on modern map example

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Geonames:
Fairly comprehensive gazetteer of world place names and features excluding the USA.

United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System
Gazetteer of United States place names and features.
Columbia Gazetteer:
World gazetteer with descriptions of places in addition to coordinates.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World
Digital Scholars' Lab Staff Schedule
The Digital Scholars’ Lab is located on the third floor of Richter Library in Room 344, adjacent to the elevators. The lab offers 24 PC workstations and a podium with a presentation computer.

The lab is open for use during library hours and staffed for consultations according to the Digital Scholars’ lab staffing schedule below. The lab offers specialized software, including ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, R/RStudio, Stata, and NVivo. For a full list of software, please see the Data Analysis webpage.

In person GIS and Data Consultations will resume on 08/21/2023 for the Fall Semester*

*Lab is available for use during Library operation hours
For remote assistance please contact:

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