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GIS Help

The GIS & Data lab, housed on the 1st floor of Rotch Library (7-238), is available for use during Rotch's operating hours. Software and one-on-one help is for use by the MIT Community only.

Help by appointment

December 13th - February 4th

Email to schedule a virtual appointment.

GIS & Data Lab computers are available to use remotely throughout IAP while the Libraries are closed. Email us ( to make a reservation.



See our list of new IAP 2022 workshops. Did you miss a workshop? See previous workshop materials here.

Touchstone login now available for ArcGIS Online.

‚ÄčWant to learn MIT GIS Services news as soon as it is released? Sign up for our listserv

Get Started

Install ArcGIS Pro (the newest GIS software from ESRI) or ArcGIS Desktop. QGIS is also a great free, open-source option.

Create an ArcGIS Online account to access online mapping features and ESRI training courses.

Make a basic map: Just need to make a quick map. Use our flow chart to find out how.

MIT GeoWeb: Start your search for geographic information here. You can search for GIS data held at MIT and other colleges.

Need to use software in the lab? Find out what is installed where.

Working remotely? Find out how to use ArcGIS off campus.

MITGIS email list: Subscribe to get updates about GIS related events, new GIS data and software, and more.

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