GIS application – GIS Common FAQs

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What is GIS?

Is there a machine anywhere on campus where I can use GIS software?

Does anyone teach any GIS classes at UNC?

How do I subscribe to uncgis and ESRI mail lists?

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What is GIS?

“A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location. Practitioners also define a GIS as including the procedures, operating personnel, and spatial data that go into the system” (Source: USGS, http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/gis_poster/] accessed: 06/14/2005) . Typically, a GIS is used to make maps and perform spatial analysis.

There are a few GIS software packages supported and distributed by UNC Software Acquisition Office. For more information including software inventory, distribution and installation information, see: http://software.unc.edu. For more information about GIS resources at UNC, see: http://gis.unc.edu. For more information about running ArcInfo on the Research Computing server, see: http://its.unc.edu/research-computing.html.

Is there a machine anywhere on campus where I can use GIS software?

Yes. All ITS lab machines have ArcView, ArcGIS 9.0 and Imagine loaded on them. The software can be found under the Start Menu / Programs/ GIS Software.

In addition, there are several dedicated GIS machines in the Davis Library Reference Area.

Also, the Odum Institute has a GIS Lab in Manning 016.

Does anyone teach any GIS classes at UNC?

Yes. Several departments have courses that include GIS theory and applications, including Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Geography, Geology, and City and Regional Planning. The Geography department offers a GIS Certificate.

Many of the online courses and workshops from ESRI’s Virtual Campus are available at no cost to current UNC Chapel Hill affiliates (the cost is included in the ESRI site license). A listing of free courses is provided at: http://www.lib.unc.edu/reference/gis/virtual_campus.html. To register for an online course, submit a ticket to ITS or contact the GIS Librarian. You will receive an email with a course access code and instructions.

In addition to formal courses and online courses, there are also other training opportunities in the form of presentations and hands-on workshops offered intermittently by various groups on campus. The best way to find out about these opportunities is to subscribe to the uncgis mailing list. To subscribe, go to http://mail.unc.edu/lists/, and click “Search for Lists” under User Tools. Search for “uncgis” and click “Subscribe”. This is the best way to find out about GIS-related training opportunities on campus.

How do I subscribe to uncgis and ESRI mail lists?

To subscribe to the uncgis mailing list, please refer to the answer to the previous question above.

ESRI operates two Email-based mailing lists, ESRI-L and ARCVIEW-L, which allow you to ask questions about ESRI software worldwide. ESRI-L allows you to submit technical questions about all ESRI software except ArcView GIS. ArcView GIS has a separate list.

To subscribe to ESRI Listservers (ESRI-L and ARCVIEW-L), please go to http://support.esri.com/listserve/. Alternatively, you can subscribe to ESRI-L by sending a message to esri-l-request@esri.com. The body of the message must contain the word “subscribe.” Once subscribed, submit your questions to esri-l@esri.com. To subscribe to ARCVIEW-L, send a message to arcview-l-request@esri.com. The body of the message must contain the word “subscribe.” Once subscribed, submit your questions to arcview-l@esri.com.

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