The GIS Lab is provided by the University Libraries to support the use of GIS for coursework and research by UW students, faculty, and staff. Groups are welcome to work together on GIS assignments in this space. GIS Lab staff are available to assist lab users with locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and basic ArcGIS functionality. Lab staff cannot provide extended assistance with the completion of course assignments. Lab users are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty and/or TAs for assistance with, or clarification of, course assignments.
Lab staff do not make maps for students, staff, faculty, or the general public.
If you do not have knowledge of the ArcGIS software suite please investigate the available books, tutorials, and courses.
Two important things you must know about the GIS Lab:
You must be a student, faculty, or staff member of the University of Washington to use the GIS Lab. UWNetID login is required to access software applications on the computers.
You must backup your GIS projects to your own media before you leave the lab. ALL DATA LEFT ON WORKSTATIONS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED AFTER 15 MINUTES OF INACTIVITY AND/OR NIGHTLY, NO EXCEPTIONS.
The lab has 21 HP workstations with 24 inch monitors. Software available includes:
Several resources are available, a few of which are restricted to UW students, faculty, and staff.
Book and data CD available for 3 day checkout from the Map Collection, Suzzallo Library, basement. If you purchase this book it is accompanied by a demonstration copy of the ArcGIS software with a 180-day license. An online tutorial based on this text but designed to allow the user to bring in their own datasets is provided by the University of Arkansas Libraries.
ESRI e-Learning Students, staff, and faculty at the UW may sign up for online, self-paced, no-cost training workshops provided by ESRI.
Lab staff can provide assistance with basic GIS tasks such as discovering data for your project, getting data into your project, and basic geo-processing tasks. TAs and instructors remain the primary source of information about assignment scope and requirements.
The GIS Lab is open for drop-in use all building hours unless previously scheduled. A daily schedule is posted on the door.
GIS Assistance is available in the lab as noted below.
OR email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Quarter 2020
|Monday||4pm - 7pm||Jan. 20, Feb. 17|
|Tuesday||4pm - 7pm|
|Wednesday||2pm - 5pm *new hours*|
|Thursday||4pm - 7pm|
|Friday||1pm - 4pm|
|Saturday||No GIS Help|
|Sunday||No GIS Help|
There are a range of options for backing files associated with a GIS or other school projects when using computers within the Suzzallo GIS lab. Below are some of the different options: