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Welcome to the University of Texas Libraries' GIS and Geospatial Data Services LibGuide homepage. This page provide links to all of the UT Libraries' GIS related resources so that everything is easy to find from this one, central starting point. If you find yourself frequently looking for geospatial information on this page or on any linked pages, you should consider adding a bookmark in your browser so that you can reach this page more easily the next time you need to return to it. In the left column menu you will find links to all GIS related LibGuides. If you have specific geospatial research questions you can set up a personalized research consultation by clicking the Email Me button and describing your particular research project. If you want to stay up to date about GIS relevant news on campus, visit https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/info/gis-users to subscribe to the UT GIS user email list.

Important Spring 2021 Information

The  Spring 2021 semester will be very different than a typical semester due to COVID-19 related changes to campus operations, but the Libraries is still very much available to provide GIS support and geospatial research assistance. If you need to utilize GIS software you can follow the links at the top left of this page to reach guides which provide step-by-step instructions for installing GIS software on a personal computer. If you need to use GIS software on campus you can still visit a UT Libraries computer lab which has QGIS, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcMap, though our labs will be at reduced capacity to allow for greater social distancing. You also now have the ability to remotely connect to a Libraries computer in the PCL Windows Lab to use GIS software in you prefer - see the following guide for details. Personalized research consultations are still available remotely via Zoom and can be arranged by clicking the "Schedule Appointment" button in the right column of this guide. Finally, while we will not be having in-person events this semester, we will still be holding virtual Zoom events that are of relevance for geospatial researchers like Data & Donuts workshops which will be held on select Fridays this semester.

Spring 2021 Virtual Events

All Spring 2021 events will be held virtually via Zoom. Please check back soon for event registration links. To receive the latest UT GIS event announcements in your inbox sign up for the ut-gis-events mailing list by visiting https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/info/ut-gis-events
Spring 2021
Managing Research Data: UT Resources & Best Practices
Instructor: Hannah Chapman Tripp & Anna Dabrowski
Date: 1/29/2021 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
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Learning and adopting a few good habits can go a long way in managing your data. In this introductory workshop on data management concepts, you will learn about the many resources available at UT to help manage your data as well as best practices and tips for managing data. This workshop will be a lecture with interactive components; come with your questions.
Geocoding Historical Data to Revive the Social Memory of Wheatville
Instructor: Julia Bordelon & Isaac Womack
Date: 3/26/2021 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
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Wheatville was a freedmen’s community in the area now known as West Campus. This project maps the racial demographic changes in this neighborhood from the late 1800s to the mid-twentieth century. In this workshop, we will follow the paths of several Wheatville residents to showcase the complexities of geocoding historical data, and explore how this process can revive the social memory of communities.
Data Discovery and Access (RESCHEDULED FROM 2/26)
Instructor: Meryl Brodsky & Janelle Hedstrom
Date: 4/16/2021 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
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This workshop is intended to outline a process for finding existing datasets. We’ll cover statistics vs data, how to search for subject-specific data repositories, searching literature for data, and identifying agencies or institutions that collect data. Participants will get a chance to search for data in their field and assess a dataset.
Historical Maps as Data
Instructor: Kat Strickland
Status: CANCELLED
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
The UT Libraries is steadily migrating scanned maps from the online Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) Map Collection to the Texas GeoData and UT Collections portal. Learn about finding georeferenced maps in the Texas GeoData portal, using them with GIS software, and the metadata and image enhancements to maps in the UT Collections portal.

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