GIS stands for Geographic Information System. It refers to a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial data. The data include the geographic location of the information. GIS merges statistics, mapping, and database management to answer and explore questions with a spatial component. GIS research projects can be nested in a variety of academic fields, from Geography to Archaeology, from Urban planning to Biology.
There are two major elements that compose a GIS research project:
- You need to find the appropriate data;
- You need to have the appropriate analysis for your projects.
The GIC is there to help you with the second part. You will be able to find help with the data through the McGill Library and other resources online. In these pages, we provide you with some resources as a starting point for both sides of GIS.