Geographic information Systems (GIS) are spatial thinking tools, which enable researchers to analyze, visualize & understand complex problems and relationships.

Researchers can address spatial questions by:

  • describing the environment & objects in it
  • analyzing the relationships & structure of those objects 
  • inferring their evolution and/or making predictions

Spatial thinking and  GIS are applicable to a variety of questions, and therefore are commonly used in STEM disciplines, the social sciences, the humanities, art, architecture and business. DGS works with researchers on Washington University's Danforth and Medical School campuses.

GIS Projects

Start your own. Our team provides one-on-one consultation either by appointment or during our Help Desk hours (Tuesday 12-1pm, Wednesday 3-4pm, Thursday 2-3pm) to assist you in launching and completing your project.

Get help on complex analysis. DGS will work with you on your grant funded project, performing complex analyses with vector and/or raster data. If you would like to propose work on a grant funded project please get in touch with Aaron Addison.

What we've done Check out the projects we've assisted in all over campus. We help researchers explore spatial questions, from basic to complex, and make their results accessible.

GIS Projects on Campus
. See what others at WUSTL are doing with GIS.

Learn GIS

Courses. Washington University in St. Louis offers daytime and evening courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and techniques. The 18-unit Certificate in GISoffered through University College, teaches both fundamental and advanced concepts and skills.

Tutorials. Online help to get started with GIS

Talks & Workshops. In addition to regular course offerings, specialized training sessions and introductory talks can be arranged for small groups.

Help Desk. We have walk-in hours for general GIS questions in the GIS Research Studio; Olin Library, Room A07:
Tuesdays 11am-12pm
Wednesdays 3-4pm
Thursdays 2-3pm

GIS Resources

Find geospatial data. DGS can assist you in discovering data from a variety of sources, both internal and external.

Geospatial data curation. DGS can help you store, manage and preserve your geospatial data.

Software. We can help you access and install software as well as guide you to where to use it on campus.

Equipment. The Libraries' circulation unit makes GPS devices available for short-term loans. For long-term loan or to get help finding the appropriate offline imagery for your study area, contact Bill Winston.

Ask Us! You can search for your GIS related question or submit a new question that we will answer for you ASAP.