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GIS: Geospatial & Numeric Data: GIS

GIS Support

Library Staff can assist acquiring geospatial datasets and a full spectrum of GIS analysis support

Interested in campus GIS activities?

Join the campus GIS Listserv to keep up to date with campus GIS activities and to engage in discussions pertaining to all things geospatial.

The latest ArcGIS software can be accessed from the following locations:

Architecture & Fine Arts Library
All computers.

Architecture Building Computer Lab
All computers

Central Library
All computers on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.

Digital Media Studio
All computers.

Electronic Business Library
All computers.

Science & Engineering Library
All computers.

Social Work Electronic Library
All computers.

University Hall Computer Lab
All computers




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Examples of GIS Research

ESRI maintains a list of GIS uses by industry.

Below are among the most common types of research conducted at UT Arlington:


  • Integrate AutoCAD and MicroStation files with GIS data.
  • Explore the environmental impacts of various landscape architecture projects


  • Site selection projects
  • Real estate analysis of housing market

Computer Science & Engineering

  • Use geospatial engines and libraries to help automate geographically aware processes.


  • Analyze relationships between rock, soil, vegetation types.
  • Analyze oil/gas deposits and determine extraction points.


  • Epidemiological analysis
  • Determining suitable access to health care

Reserve Officers' Training Corp (ROTC)

  • Analyze the geographic distribution of resources and personnel
  • Integrate and interpret remotely sensed imagery into maps and plans

City & Regional Planning

  • Landuse analysis
  • Transportation/network analysis

Social Work

  • Community assessment projects

What is GIS Video

Source: ESRI

What is GIS?

Geospatial data

Digital data pertaining to a geographic or spatial location.  Popular examples include GIS data formats, GPS data, and remotely sensed imagery.

Numeric data

Digital data pertaining to numbers, most often organized in tables.  Statistical analysis is often performed on this data, and numeric data can be related/merged/joined to geospatial data as well.  Popular examples include Excel tables, databases, and SAS/SPSS tables.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Computer systems that aid in the management and analysis of geographically referenced data. GIS allows the user to link geospatial data with numeric data in order to see relationships and patterns.