Brown has several points of contact for supporting GIS education and research. Feel free to contact Frank Donnelly, GIS & Data Librarian, with any questions you have about GIS software or geographic / demographic data sources.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) visually organize information around the concepts of location and place. Data is tied to actual locations on the earth, and geographic features are represented as points, lines, and polygons (vectors) or as continuous gridded surfaces (rasters). There are several different GIS software packages that can be used for geographic analysis, map making, database management, and geospatial statistics. You can use GIS to: