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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Data, software, and how to documents related to finding yourself or your research on the face of the Earth!


The Data and GIS Collab is located within the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library, 240 Braunstein Hall, and offers GIS consultation by appointment or within consultation hours.

Consultation Hours

Consultation Hours

Hours may vary, but if you are in need of GIS assistance, please make an appointment by e-mailing 

Fall Semester Hours

  • Monday  9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday  9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Data & GIS Collab will be closed along with other University of Cincinnati services for Labor Day (September 3rd), Veterans Day (November 12), GIS Day (November 14), and Thanksgiving (November 22-25). We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Collab Gallery

Please email for an appointment!

Jenny Latessa and Zhiyuan Yao are currently working in the Data & GIS Collab.

Zhiyuan is a PhD student from the Department of Geography. She is interested in urban structure, commuting, and is good at doing spatial analysis.  She is willing to help students who are interested in GIS and who would like to apply GIS techniques in their work!

Jenny is a PhD student in Regional Development Planning from the College of DAAP​.  She fulfilled her GIS certificate requirements in 2016.  

Shiyu is a 2+2 student from China in Geography (GIS Emphasis) from the Department of Geography. She is full of passion for GIS and helping people deal with GIS issues. 

UC Libraries Data & GIS Collab – Guidelines & Policies

General Usage

  • Open to students, staff and faculty of the University of Cincinnati.
  • Two collaborative workstations are available.  One workstation has priority for consultations by GIS support staff.
  • Workstations require a UC Login in order to access applications.
  • To reserve a workstation or the lab, email
  • Priority is given to users with Data and GIS needs and to those who have reserved use of the space.  Individuals who are not using the lab for these purposes may be asked to relinquish their workstation.  Additional workstations are available in the Info Commons in GMP Library.
  • The lab workstations and ESRI Software (ArcGIS) are for educational, non-commercial, University-related projects and research ONLY and should adhere to ESRI/UC License Agreement.
  • Licensed software on the workstations may not be copied for any purpose.
  • A GIS support student is available at posted times for GIS-related support.  No general library assistance or computer support is available from lab staff.
  • The lab supports collaborative group work.  However, noise should be kept to a minimum. Disruptive users will be asked to leave.  All Library Use policies are enforced.
  • The Libraries does not bear responsibility for loss or damage of data or disks that occurs in the lab. Staff may attempt to assist, but there is no guarantee of data recovery. The user accepts the risk that data can be irrecoverably lost.
  • All users must be aware of and abide by all federal copyright laws and any data licenses or use restrictions. See the UC Libraries Copyright Information Page for details.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the lab. No game playing on the workstations.
  • All other legal restrictions on the use of university resources apply.
  • The lab is open during GMP opening library hours.  Users should begin saving and backing up work at least 30 minutes before the lab closes.
  • Additional UC GIS resources are available at

File Storage/Backup

  • Users are only permitted to store files/data on the workstations when they are actively working in the lab.  ALL DATA LEFT ON WORKSTATIONS is subject to deletion after 15 days of profile inactivity - no exceptions.
  • Users assume all responsibility for backing up data before leaving the lab.  Backup is suggested to either an external drive (USB/thumb/jump drive) or a portable hard drive.  Cloud backup is available to all UC affiliates through Box at UC.


  • Only library staff may install software. Please email with requests for additional applications, web browser plug-ins, font, utilities, or other software.
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