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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library's services and resources. Here's how.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems): Remote Learning & Resources

This guide covers resources and tools helpful for people interested in GIS.

CLICK HERE for the latest news about the UC Berkeley Libraries during the COVID-19 campus closure, including due dates for checked out items and info about the Libraries' remote services.

While the campus is on lock down, there are still many options for finding the GIS and spatial resources you need:

  • Check out the Training tab for virtual resources to learn QGIS, Esri software (including ArcGIS Pro & ArcMap), web mapping tools, and spatial packages in programming languages like Python and R.
  • The Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and the D-Lab have both moved their instruction online for the remainder of the semester and have many terrific GIS trainings.
  • Wondering about tool options? QGIS is a free open source desktop GIS that runs natively on all operating systems. UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty are also eligible to receive a one-year license for Esri desktop products and have access to ArcGIS Online. Find out more on the Tools tab.
  • Lots of geospatial data are available online, either through the library or other sources. Explore the GIS Data pages to find the data you need.
  • If you are teaching a class with a GIS or mapping component, I can help with a remote instruction session on topics such as finding and evaluating spatial data. Get in touch!
  • Stuck? You can schedule a virtual consultation with me or just send me an email with your question(s).

COVID-19 Specific GIS Resources

Mobility Data Related to COVID-19

Note about methodology:

  • Read Kieran Healy's excellent blog post ( about working with the Apple Maps data and her takeaway: "As a rule, when you see a sharp change in a long-running time-series, you should always check to see if some aspect of the data-generating process changed—such as the measurement device or the criteria for inclusion in the dataset—before coming up with any substantive stories about what happened and why."

GIS & Map Librarian

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Susan Powell
Earth Sciences & Map Library
50 McCone Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720