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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): About GIS Services



Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable users to visualize and analyze spatial information in a dynamic, digital environment. It provides tools for integrating, querying, and analyzing a wide variety of data types, such as scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as data collected by individuals, into projects with geographic locations providing the integral link between all the data.

MIT GIS Services

We provide consultation to assist with the challenges that can arise with GIS projects. We help people think through their project ideas and learn how to use the tools they need. We also help people find and use GIS data, available from diverse sources in a variety of formats. MIT GIS Services supports GIS in teaching and research in all disciplines at MIT. We help support a dynamic community working to solve exciting, real-life problems in many different departments.


Our goal is to support the MIT community's research and academic activities as they relate to GIS. This support not only includes the collection of literature, data, software, and hardware, but also training and assistance in the use of GIS. We are available to work with faculty to implement and assist in teaching GIS-based labs in individual subjects.

Users are responsible for their projects. MIT GIS Services does not do GIS projects. MIT does not offer a GIS certificate or degree program.

Learn more about our staffservice guidelines, and the GIS Lab.