Welcome to the Geospatial Centre

The Geospatial Centre is an inviting hub which provides cartographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) services to the University of Waterloo community. Services include reference, workshops, and access to GIS and remote sensing data.

Students, faculty, and staff have access to digital and printed maps, GIS technology, aerial photographs, and more.

The Geospatial Centre is located in the Dana Porter Library, 3rd floor, room 328.

  1. Feb. 3, 2020Workshop: QGIS + Open source GIS

    Monday, February 24th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dana Porter Computer Lab (LIB 329)

    Ever wanted to try Open Source GIS but didn’t know where to start?

    This workshop builds on “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience) but isn’t absolutely necessary. It will go through the in's and out's of QGIS and also cover other alternative Open Source GIS platforms.

  2. Feb. 3, 2020Workshop: Getting started with ArcGIS

    Tuesday, February 25th –1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Dana Porter Computer Lab (LIB 329)

    You may have heard of GIS, but what exactly is it, and more importantly, how can you use it in your own research and academic work?

    This introductory workshop presents the basic concepts of GIS and will teach you the skills you need to find geospatial data, map it, and discover new dimensions of information.

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  3. Feb. 3, 2020Workshop: Getting familiar with Agent Based Modeling - GIS -

    Thursday, February 27th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dana Porter Computer Lab (LIB 329)

    In this workshop, we will explore agen based modeling using spatial data as an environment.

    An agent-based model (ABM) is a class of computational models for simulating the actions and interactions of autonomous agents (both individual for collective entities such as organizations or groups) with a view to assessing their effects on the system as a whole. - Wikipedia

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Our hours (Winter Term)

January 6th - April  24th

The Library has moved all of its reference services online, and the Geospatial Centre is therefore closed until further notice. We offer reference via email M-F 8:30 - 4:30, by the online "ASK US!" form.

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