GIS and Geospatial Data

The Library’s GIS and Geospatial Data team (formerly known as Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND)) assists the U-M community in two locations: in the Clark Library in Hatcher Graduate Library South on Central Campus; and at SAND North, in room 3134 of the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus.

How to get help:

  • Sign up for an appointment at the Clark Library (Central Campus) or at the SAND North Lab (North Campus) (fall/winter terms only)
  • Email clarklibrary@umich.edu with some details about what you're looking for help with and some potential times you can meet - many inquiries can't be resolved via email, but we can get started by email!
  • Attend drop in hours at the Clark Library (see calendar below) fall/winter terms only - this is best for short questions
  • Check out our LibGuides on a number of different topics, including aerial imagery, census and demographic information, and more

Examples of what we do:

  • Help you find GIS and geospatial data sets
  • Help you understand and map US Census data, Canadian census data, and other countries' censuses
  • Support the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software
  • Support data visualization and visualization-related software for making graphs, network diagrams, etc.
  • Offer workshops and course-integrated instruction
  • Help with data management, conversion, and troubleshooting

We provide access to data and mapping tools from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, SimplyAnalytics, Social Explorer, Geolytics, PolicyMap, ESRI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, and many other subscription and public sources.

We also provide lab spaces with computers and software to help students and researchers work with spatial and numeric data and access data only available from within our labs. Software includes ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, QGIS, R, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), and more.

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Last modified: 09/04/2019