Data, GIS & maps

Data services

Data is an increasingly important element in a wide array of disciplinary, scholarly, and professional communications. Data and spatial literacy is growing as an important skill that will support effective problem-solving, innovation, collaboration, and other activities for faculty and students.

The Open Studio is the center of Cal Poly’s Data Services. Located in Kennedy Library’s Hub24 on the 1st floor, the space facilitates an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas surrounding data as the new text.

GIS

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a type of software that helps people think spatially and approach problems from a geographic perspective. Spatial data reveals patterns, illustrates problems, and shows connections that are not otherwise evident. It can be used in business, history, environmental science, agriculture, civil engineering, architecture and many other areas of study.

Kennedy Library’s GIS program includes providing GIS software, supporting GIS-related events and outreach, and providing GIS consultative services. Learn more at the GIS research guide.

Map collection

The Library’s map collection emphasizes maps of the Central Coast Region and the West Coast of the United States. General maps for other geographic areas and subjects are also available. For more information, consult a college librarian, a research help desk staff member, or the maps research guide.