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. Oct. 21, 2020ArcGIS Online: mapping without limits (2020 tutorial)

    ArcGIS Online is a web-based mapping and app-building site created by Esri, one of world's leaders in GIS software. In an effort to empower users of all levels to create interactive maps and applications that are easy to share, Esri developed ArcGIS Online (commonly called AGOL) platform to realize its vision. With both a free version for lay users and an organizational account for larger enterprises, the functionality is tailored to different mapping and application needs.

  2. Oct. 9, 2020Google Earth Pro (2020 tutorial)

    As of early 2015, Google Earth Pro, which used to be a $400 product, is now free. This is a simple yet powerful tool for viewing information geographically—whether it is for viewing climate information, analyzing change over time, or tracing routes from your vacation.

  3. Oct. 8, 2020Getting started with QGIS version 3.10.9 (2020 tutorial)

    Quantum GIS, often referred to as QGIS, is an open source GIS desktop application, which can be installed on various system operation platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD (and soon, Android!). More importantly, QGIS is free open-source software and offers numerous plugins for various functions. Since the software is open-source, there is abundant documentation submitted by web community support workers and voluntary developers. This tutorial introduces users to the basic concepts and major functions of QGIS to get them started with the software.

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Our hours (Fall Term)

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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