GIS is a powerful technology for managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data.  Using these capabilities, GIS allows us to think about problems more broadly in a spatial context, and provides us with tools to answer questions such as:  Where is something?  Why is it there?  How is it related to the things around it?  Why should we care?”

The disciplines where GIS can be found are broad and varied, and include such diverse fields as Public Safety, Environmental Management, Business and Retail, Insurance and Banking, Government, and Education, just to name a few.  The subject areas that benefit from GIS are equally as varied, and include applications such as crime analysis, 9-1-1 response, emergency management services, wildlife management, water monitoringforestry, natural resource conservation, recreation, site location, delivery systems, routing, transportation, communication, mining, logistics, healthcare, election planning, agriculture, real estate, urban planning, national mapping, and military operations.

Within the environment of higher education, GIS can play a daily role in almost all aspects of campus activities, including teaching, research, admissions and student enrollment, development and fundraising, career counseling, campus operations, and public safety.  Indeed, there is perhaps no aspect of life at an academic institution – be it teaching, research, or administration – that could not benefit from incorporating some aspect of spatial thinking.

How do we use GIS at Dickinson

Well, we use GIS to answer questions, solve problems and have some fun.  GIS has applications in all of Dickinson’s departments and we are currently working in environmental studies, earth sciencearcheology, history, international business and biology. In addition, GIS is used several administrative offices, including admissions, facilities management and the office of college advancement.

GIS Lab Hours

M 8:30am-3:00pm
T 8:30am-4:30pm
W 8:30am-4:30pm/ 8:00pm-10:00pm
R 8:30am-3:00pm
F 8:30am-4:30pm

News and Events

  • GIS goes Green

    Bookmark This: 10 useful green resources for 2015 Heather Clancy Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 12:00am Courtesy: Esri   Visual impact analysis of proposed building in downtown Philadelphia using CityEngine.   First, the disclaimer. Any numbered list is inherently subjective. So there are bound to be resources that you might know about that I haven’t included here, primarily because I haven’t heard about them (yet). This list was curated based primarily on whether the site, portal or database in question expands conventional wisdom about how technology can be used to address climate change or sustainable business practices. Several (such as FreshRealm, GridWaste and MySolarCity) represent intriguing twists on how the Internet can help reinvent business models or improve customer engagement. If you want to consider a broader selection of Web and mobile resources that have been available for a longer time, here are two of my previous lists (still relevant). 10 apps to green your business in 2014 20 sustainability apps ...

Latest Student Projects

  • Congratulations to GIS students, Chloe and Tabea

      Advancing Sustainability   Photo by Carl Socolow ’77. 2014-15 Baird Sustainability Fellows announced Now in its third year, the Baird Sustainability Fellows program recognizes Dickinson seniors who have advanced sustainability goals through their scholarship, leadership and service efforts. Named for Spencer Fullerton Baird, a prominent 19th-century naturalist and Dickinson alumnus, the program this year brings together 12 students for collaborative projects and research to help create a sustainable world. Read about Chloe and Tabea’s missions below. Chloe Miller, Archeology and Anthropology Major Chloe Miller ’15   Chloé Miller is double majoring in archaeology and anthropology. Sustainability not only plays an important role in her academic fields, but also in her personal life. Raised in a Catholic and Native American household, she believes it is her responsibility to help return balance to the Earth for the sake of future generations. Chloé’s unique upbringing has guided her academic pursuits to understanding the dynamic, synergetic relationship between anthropogenic forces, human biology, ...