UBC Library is thrilled to announce the opening of its new GIS/Research Data Lab. The facility, which celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, June 16, houses six workstations that allow users to manipulate data and produce graphic representations of the results in geographic settings (GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems).

This means, for example, that users can track changes in sea levels, display the complexities of overlapping territories in First Nations land claims, or analyze movements of improvising modern dancers. All this can be depicted visually and used for disciplines such as health policy, geography, political science, forestry, economics, history and social policy.

The lab is serviced by Library staff whose responsibilities include maps, GIS and data services. Interested patrons should review the “Terms of Use” document, which is found here.

Users are invited to sign up to access the lab’s resources and services. For more information, please contact GIS Librarian Tom Brittnacher at tom.brittnacher@ubc.ca or 604-827-4450.

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