The GIS Lab is open to anyone with an MIT Kerberos account.
Sometimes we translate ideas into projects.
How do you make a technology do what your ideas are
asking you to do?
We also go into classrooms and provide workshops
that are designed not just GIS generally,
but actually specific topics that the class is
So one of the really great things
of having GIS and data, data management living together
within the space of the lab, is that we're
able to work effectively with researchers that come in.
Everything from how do you create a plan for your data,
for managing your data throughout the research, all
the way through active analysis of your data.
How to keep track of that, had document it appropriately.
Through those final stages of what to do with your data
when you want to wrap up a project.
We've been doing more work with virtual reality,
and so we actually have a room that
will have a lot more ways to kind of visualize your data.
The computers are powerful.
They also have the other programs, pre-installed,
and so it's just super easy to just come in here
and just start working, learning new things.
The GIS librarians are extremely knowledgeable, and also very
eager to help.
I built a few scripts that basically take all the GPS data
and kind of like digitally refill deserts with water.
For my research, I'm studying ancient landscapes on Earth
and how the preserve aspects of past climate change.
As geologists,you need to make maps.
And so I really like using the facilities here,
because that allows me to make the maps that I need.
We use primarily Esri software, which is ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro.
We also provide help with QGIS.
And we have photogrammetry software
like PhotoScan and Pix4D.
And those are primarily used for drone imagery.
So if you want to collect spatial data with a drone,
You take these photographs, we'll
help you stitch them together in toward the photos and 3D photo
So data management comes in at kind of every stage
of your research lifecycle.
GIS is also maybe more towards the end, when
you're visualizing your data.
So kind of having the right people
around when you're working with big data
throughout the process, and then you want to visualize it
and then you want to store it.
It's kind of a nice integration, because GIS
has such big dataset.
I think the libraries has always been kind of a place
to like learn new things.
But I think we're even kind of moving on
towards the libraries being a place to learn
new technology or new software.
The GIS data lab space is here for you to make your research
and you as effective and as impactful
as you possibly can be.
Come check us out.