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GIS: GIS Software

Introduces patrons to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools and geospatial data resources used in GIS software

GISday 2016 and ESRI Global Content Challenge!

November 16, 2016 we are hosting our annual GISday at the Fort Garry campus! Please visit our webpage for more details.

Esri's Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate students at colleges or universities, as well as high school students enrolled in an Advanced Placement Human Geography or Environmental Science course. Get creative by using Esri's land, ocean, and population premium content libraries (pdf) to tell compelling stories that bring about understanding and action.

Geospatial Semester Workshops!

Please visit the Geospatial Semester LibGuide via the Subject Guides List.

Software in Brown Lab, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

The Brown Lab on the first floor of Elizabeth Dafoe Library will contain the following software packages and/or plug-ins for GIS:

  • ArcGIS v.10.4  and extensions
  • AutoCAD 15
  • Geomatica 2015
  • Google Earth Pro
  • GeoViewer v. 5.5

Tutorials and workshops designed for patrons are being offered during Friday Workshops and for specific classes.

From time to time our software gets upgraded.

Geospatial Data Viewers

Some of the annotations on this list come from Dan Jakubek of Ryerson University.

  • ArcGISOnline "ArcGIS Online is a collaborative, cloud-based platform that allows members of an organization to use, create, and share maps, apps, and data, including authoritative basemaps published by Esri. Through ArcGIS Online, you get access to Esri’s secure cloud, where you can manage, create, store, and access data as published web layers, and because ArcGIS Online is an integral part of the ArcGIS system, you can use it to extend the capabilities of ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS apps, and ArcGIS Web APIs and ArcGIS Runtime SDKs". (from ESRI)
  • ExpressView Browser Plug-in allows users to view, magnify, measure, print and save MrSID and JPEG2000 images.
  • Gaia Geospatial Platform is a platform designed for advanced geospatial network and SDI needs. This viewer can access various geospatial sources such as Web Mapping Services, Web Map Tile Services and Web Feature Services. In addition, Gaia can access common geospatial file formats such as ESRI Shapefiles and Google (KML/KMZ).
  • GeoCommunity provides links to various Geospatial Data Viewer downloads.
  • Geomatica FreeView is a data viewing tool that supports the loading, viewing, selection, and enhancement of over 100 raster and vector file formats.
  • GPS Visualizer is a 'do-it-yourself' mapping tool that creates maps and profiles from GPS data. Click here for a quick and easy tutorial explaining how to use GPS Visualizer.
  • IRFANVIEW allows users to view a variety of graphic file formats including BMP, JPG, JPEG2000, MrSID, GIF, TIFF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, AVI, and more.
  • MapTube is a free resource for viewing, sharing, mixing and mashing maps online and also allows users to select any number of maps to overlay and view.
  • Map Warper is an open source tool that allows you to find, edit, and rectify maps based on real maps. (note this tool is still in beta)

GIS Day!

You are invited to participate in GIS Day on November 16, 2016

Program details are listed at the GISday2016 LibGuide.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer and mobile based systems used to capture, store, manage, analyze, use and display spatial or geographic data. With GIS, researchers can monitor trends and see what is happening in geographic space via electronic maps and 3D views, communicating information pertinent to specific locations.

GIS has emerged as an important technology for decision-making and analysis and has wide-spread use in many applications. It has been used to identify neighborhoods at risk, to follow political donations, for real estate site selection, for improved communication among emergency services, or for monitoring oil spills and/or resource extraction. It often is used in combination with multimedia to track journeys of artists or fictional characters, or the advance of civilizations using archaeological evidence. GIS may track wellness, bird populations and territories, slave trade migrations, road maintenance, or agricultural production.

The University of Manitoba (UM) is well equipped to help faculty, staff and students learn about and use GIS. The UM offers degrees in environmental studies, geography and geomatics. GIS software is installed in many labs on campus and free one-year GIS licenses are available to UM affiliates.

Contact Cynthia Dietz at  or 204-474-7134 for more information.

GIS Environmental Studies Librarian

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Cynthia Dietz
Rm. 112
Elizabeth Dafoe Library
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2