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Geospatial / mapping

Geospatial analysis applies statistical analysis to data with a geographical or geospatial aspect. This software will be used in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

  • ArcGIS

        ESRI ArcGis

    Windows (all stations)

    ArcGIS is the primary software ised by GIS professionals. The suite of software supports a number of professional GIS tasks, including mapping, data compilation, analysis, geodata and image management, and geographic information sharing. Extensions include:

    • ArcInfo
    • ArcEditor
    • ArcView
    • ArcGIS 3D Analyst Extension
    • ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst Extension
    • ArcGIS Data Reviewer
    • ArcGIS Network Analyst Extension
    • ArcGIS Publisher Extension
    • ArcGIS Schematics Extension
    • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Extension
    • ArcGIS Job Tracking
    • ArcGIS Workflow Manager
    • ArcScan for ArcGIS Extension
  • Google Earth

        Google Earth

    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Google Earth allows you to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths of the ocean.


        GRASS GIS

    GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is open source GIS software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.

  • Mathematica


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    Mathematica is the primary symbolic mathematics software package.

    Online tutorials: Hands-on start to Mathematica and Wolfram training courses.

  • OpenEV


    Windows (all stations)

    OpenEV is a software library and application for viewing and analyzing raster and vector geospatial data.

  • QGIS


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    QGIS is open source GIS software. It supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.  You can visualize, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps.

  • uDig


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    uDig (User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS) is open source GIS software written in Java.

Contact us

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-2140
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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